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Updated August 18, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1173)

    "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 (1)

    "Testing Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    good tecnology, good culture, the company is too big

    Cons

    the company is too big.good tecnology, good culture

  3. "Overall Good Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Treated fairly well, lots of flexibility and options once you're in.

    Cons

    Big organization, so you never know what can happen regardless of your performance.


  4. "Love it"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Can always find a new challenge
    - Meet and work with lots of smart people
    - Good overall benefits

    Cons

    - Pay not as high as other silicon valley companies
    - No free food, though there are nice cafés
    - Some parts of the company have a lot of politics and make it hard to progress


  5. "great place if you're motivated"

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    Current Employee - Escalation Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Escalation Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    smart coworkers, diverse and inclusive staff

    Cons

    constantly on the grind, must advertise yourself and build your reputation because your manager may or may not fight for you


  6. "Senior Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good workplace, supportive management, stock

    Cons

    Very bad work-life balance at all


  7. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good technologies, Innovation, ideas respected

    Cons

    Nothing i can think of. You tel

  8. "Terrific company, CEO and future"

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

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

    Pros

    Very smart people. Satya the CEO is a terrific people and business leader, with clear and compelling strategy & vision. Lots of opportunity for internal movement working in different groups, roles and locations globally. Microsoft is better positioned than any company for the cloud. Satya is very focused on culture and continues to move it within the company to a better place.

    Cons

    It's a big company, which brings bureaucracy at times. While the universally hated forced review curve is no longer official practice, every group I've seen still pushes managers to identify low performers and give them no rewards at annual review. Job security is less than what it use to be due to annual layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Layoffs are part of helping evolve the company and keeping us in leadership position, however better approach would be to look for internal opportunities for these people rather than firing a few thousand and hiring a few thousand every year. I've seen some terrific people let go, which boggled the mind, while plenty of dead weight is still around.

    Increase staffing. Many groups are just too small to really compete. Perfect case study is Cortana vs. Alexa. Cortana launched well ahead of Alexa, but team was < 100 people for few years because it was part of Bing and managing to the larger P&L. Meanwhile, Amazon hired hundreds on Alexa and has much larger ecosystem and much more momentum now.


  9. "SDEI"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, friendly environment

    Cons

    Stock award is not very incentive


  10. "I like Microsoft culture"

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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

    Pros

    Big company causes job safety. there are many different groups so you can change your team or find your favorite project

    Cons

    Changing group inside if MS needs another round of interview


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