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Updated July 18, 2018
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  • "Certain groups can have poor work-life balance" (in 1154 reviews)

  • "Outdated review system which is anything but fair" (in 525 reviews)

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  1. "Software Engineering"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work in the eastside

    Cons

    Not really a lot of things to complain about.


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    "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. Helpful (1)

    "Updrafts & Rip Cords"

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    Former Employee - Consulting Director in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Consulting Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Over 17 years, I worked in 3 different divisions (Online Advertising, Enterprise Sales & Partners - US and then WW), Consulting Services WW) - each time, it was working in a new company without the necessity of learning the basics. It was a phenomenal opportunity to drive new projects, make a positive impact and move to the next role.

    Cons

    There is very limited upside if you have worked there for more than 12 years. The funnel starts to become very, very, very narrow for opportunities and growth possibilities. Unless you have solved world hunger in hte last 12 months, you will be asked to leave at some point - so be ready with Plan B. You are almost guaranteed the necessity of pulling the rip cord.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing a great job -


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great company on the upswing, after having gone through a tough decade."

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    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, great benefits, and good challenges at work.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, politics, and not always working on things that really matter for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Satya is crushing it! The CVP and GM level needs some cleaning out to help make MICROSOFT more lean and mean.


  5. "Network engineer"

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learning, good salary, good management team

    Cons

    overwhelming projects and no work balance


  6. "Amazing place to work"

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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

    Being able to work on amazing products. Windows, Xbox, Office, Mixed Reality, Visual Studio, Server, Azure, AI, Cortana...

    Cons

    Big company, sometimes it could be slow to make decisions

    Advice to Management

    Great job on leading industries by amazing technologies such as HoloLens and Azure Cognitive Services


  7. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great and stuff like that

    Cons

    Not so great and stuff like that

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing stuff that is cool

  8. "Work life balance is good."

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

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance. While some share the space some has personal office spaces (however the trend is open space)

    Cons

    Not sure the payments are competitive enough. Also the knowledge culture compared to some other recently emerge companies is less.

    Advice to Management

    Offer quality training. Given the companies aged workforce the amount of training given to new commers is not enough.


  9. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - National Account Executive in Lehi, UT
    Current Employee - National Account Executive in Lehi, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits for employees

    Cons

    Not HQ so you don’t meet many other employees

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  10. "Technical Services Advisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Service Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Service Specialist in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Teaches you problem solving skills, allows you to expand your thinking outside of the box.

    Cons

    There could be very busy days and days where there are a couple of upset customers that express themselves in a rude manner. Then again that is every other retail position there are going to be unique customers.

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing good at training the new hires and giving them a good introduction to the role.


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