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Updated May 24, 2018
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  • Certain groups can have poor work-life balance (in 1145 reviews)

  • Mid level management, review system (in 523 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I get to work with top-notch talent, work on products that impact millions of people, and work with the latest development methods and technologies.

    Cons

    I work with teams in 3 different time zones, which can be a challenge


  2. Helpful (1350)

    "Thoughts after 10 years...."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    1. If you love tech, this is a great place. No doubt you'll talk tech (mostly the MSFT stack) from enterprise to consumer - from PCs to phones to Xboxes - from datacenter to desktop.

    2. What were GREAT benefits are now VERY GOOD (took a small step down) but still probably better than you'll find at 99% of large corporations. If you've got family - the value of the benefits is even higher. 401k match is nice.

    3. Even with it's struggles MSFT is still a cash printing machine. This means if you can keep your nose clean and do reasonable work, you can have a stable job, pay your bills, feed your family, and not worry (too much) about layoffs. The stock you own likely won't tank, but probably won't go up much either. You'll get a bonus each year and some stock. It's a decent life if you aren't looking to light the world on fire.

    Cons

    Brand on Your Resume: After many years of losing market share and struggling to be at the front end of innovation and the fact that there's 90,000 employees, don't think MSFT is necessarily going to be attractive on your resume to more agile and smaller companies.

    Managing Your Career: Make you say this out loud so it registers - 90,000 employees work there. Double that for vendors. It is VERY hard to "stand out" and move up in the company. Don't expect your manager to be much of an advocate or enabler to help you meet your career goals - they are basically trying to survive the stack rank every year too. Not familiar with the stack rank? Check out the 2012 Vanity Fair article called "Microsoft's Lost Decade".

    Advice to Management

    I'll type it here - but I don't they are listening...
    1. Help proven talent move laterally in the company for new opportunities.
    2. Kill/evolve the stack rank. Here's basically how it's viewed:. 30% of the company gets 1s and 2s - and they are happy. 50% get 3s and that basically feels like getting a "C" in school. This sucks for talented people when a multitude of UNCONTROLLABLE conditions keep you from getting into 1 or 2 range. The 20% getting anything below a 3 are walking dead. In summary, 70% of the company walk away from the review cycle feeling like crap. This is no good.

    After 10 years, I'm leaving - it's just a matter of time until I find the right opportunity. I need to find a company spends 90% of it's time building technology experiences, as opposed to 90% of its time building PowerPoints. And I expect to refuse the exit interview - because if you really cared what I thought, you wouldn't ask me after I decided to leave.

  3. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Great, amazing, perfect, wonderful, love it

    Cons

    None, none, none, none, none


  4. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    The products and teams are awesom

    Cons

    There are too many politics


  5. "Director Business Strategy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of resources, latitude to create and be an entrepreneur within a framework. Many technology and channel assets to leverage. Values diversity.

    Cons

    Not many. Your career pyramid will eventually narrow, but lateral options to develop abound. Highly competitive talent pool chasing too few senior opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on communicating the vision and ability to execute to the market.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "An excellent place to work but some teams can get too political"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    * Very smart people
    * Excellent work/life balance
    * Excellent benefits
    * Easy to move across the company
    * Great campus life

    Cons

    * Some teams have too much politics, often against best interests of the company
    * Many teams prefer to reinvent the wheel (i.e. the "not invented here" syndrome)
    * Promotions are often based on personal connections with managers rather than work
    * Mediocre dining choices on campus

    Advice to Management

    Please consider Google's model for promotion, where the promotion committee members do not personally know the candidate and base their decision on facts rather than on personal relationships and politics.


  7. "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Security Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Security Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - good work life balance
    - nice campus
    - smart people
    - great benefits
    - a lot of possibilities to move around the world

    Cons

    - big corporation (process, politics)
    - base salary might not be as good as others

  8. "we will rock u"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Delhi, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Delhi, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good culture and work life balance

    Cons

    depressing life no bonus laugh

    Advice to Management

    nothing to say in the end


  9. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Compensation. Benefits.

    Cons

    Large company politics and beaurocracy


  10. "Great Company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting products and cool people

    Cons

    Can't think of any at the moment


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