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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1947 reviews)

  • Working with really smart people who readily share their great insights is a humbling experience where everyone is treated as equals by all employees (in 1682 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1093 reviews)

  • Review system was not the greatest (in 519 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1274)

    "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.


  2. Helpful (12)

    "Great Company with excellent benefits"

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Change to work on emerging technologies
    Fantastic Benefits
    Most employees welcome collaboration
    CEO has reinvigorated the company

    Cons

    Older staff are laid off more frequently
    Layoffs seems to be the new norm around quarterly earnings announcement
    Revenue and profit is strong, yet layoffs persist for seemingly little business reason. A person is laid off, the job title changed and then a younger person is hired to replace them.

    Advice to Management

    Satya - you are a great business leader with great intuition on how to transform a company and their strategy. However, your new normal of layoffs is destroying morale after you inspired them with the new company direction. You said your son and wife instilled in you a level of empathy you did not have before. Unfortunately, you are not demonstrating this empathy by laying off thousands and hiring inexperienced college grads to replace season employees that have a history of accomplishment and success.

  3. "Service Advisor"

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    Former Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Danbury, CT
    Former Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Danbury, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, on the job training, great people, approachable management

    Cons

    Not much direction on how to move forward with company


  4. "Amazing 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

    Pros

    Cutting edge products, great minds and good atmosphere

    Cons

    Sometime you get what you ask for

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. "SW/FW Engineer II"

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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

    Great place to get to work

    Cons

    There are no cons to working here


  6. "Microsoft Product Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Decent Pay. Good work & life balance.

    Cons

    Slow at times. Not enough growth opportunity.


  7. "Software Engineer"

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Cool to work at cutting edge technology with a lot of resources to help. Love their huge library - the books get FedExed to you at the office, if they are not available locally.

    Cons

    Team work is paid just a lip-service. Its everyone on their own.

  8. "Fantastic Company"

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    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

    Growth mindset
    Amazing work life balance
    Great benefits
    Competitive salary
    On premise perks
    Beautiful campus
    Many products and teams to choose from and work for

    Cons

    A lot of unnecessary politics
    Lack of cultural diversity. Most employees are from Asia
    Depending on team and project, boring work for the younger generation

    Advice to Management

    Keep your young talent around by giving them opportunities to grow. Embrace open source and newer technologies and dump legacy internal tools as fast as you can like a plague. Try to change the culture from within your team and make Microsoft great again :)


  9. "Premier Field Engineer"

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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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Salary, Benefits, trainings, open door policy

    Cons

    Work life balance, Travel, Evaluation


  10. "Microsoft is a very good company and working with servers is easy"

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Canada, KS
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Canada, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The reasons why I choose to work in Microsoft is because of getting more experience in networking and building a career.

    Cons

    It is competitive working with people that has higher certification than you

    Advice to Management

    Management should give opportunity to young graduates


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