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Updated March 25, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1031)

    "Thoughts after 10 years...."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    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. "Academic Account Executive"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Academic Account Executive in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Academic Account Executive in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a great company to work for. Great people and benefits.

    Cons

    Because the company is so large sometimes it is difficult to achieve small things.


  3. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology and great work life balance

    Cons

    Bad politics and top heavy in some orgs


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  5. "Love the place and they take care of you"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very competitive and good salary

    Cons

    The company has too many employees. They can cut 40% of their staff and still do good.

    Advice to Management

    No advice as of now


  6. "Microsoft - great opportunities, needs more refinement"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Enormous scope - million of users and billions in revenue

    Cons

    The new CEO - Satya Nadella - is making great progress but has much work to do. Some of the groups are awesome and some are still old-school hoarding IP and staff. Making certain you fit in and like your team is crucial.

    Advice to Management

    Accelerate. Break up teams that are not collaborating. Emphasize open mindset.


  7. "Mostly good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to work on software used by millions of people.

    Cons

    Too many people are involved in making decisions.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Can be great, or frustrating, depends on you"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of few really global companies, and perfect for anyone interested into learning and working in multicultural environments, would like to work/live for few years in Australia, Brazil or Dubai? Np, MS probably has an office there, make a plan how to get there and within 12 months you'll probably find opportunity that fits you.

    Cons

    Very often, too many cooks in the kitchen, it is great to hear and involve everyone, just sometimes doesn't get you anywhere. Be focused, read: know what you want and ignore the rest

    Advice to Management

    Don't force bell curve on small teams, you are losing some great talent due to that


  9. "Sales Operations Manager"

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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

    Good company, great team and supportive management

    Cons

    I would rather work in Seattle vs. the east side.


  10. "Great company that is always improving"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Lead Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Lead Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay, great reward system, acknowledges high quality work, awesome benefits

    Cons

    slipped dates regularly, released with known bugs regularly, and too many meetings that prevented progress (could be a problem of the past)

    Advice to Management

    There are a lot of quiet higher performers who deserves a raise/promotion more than the person who is always asking for it. Please make sure the quiet high performers are taken care of.


  11. "Working there"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, good people, nice times.

    Cons

    Possibly long hours, teams are variable.



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