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Updated February 21, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1019)

    "Thoughts after 10 years...."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Collaboration, Innovation, a great place to work

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons


  3. "Microsoft is great."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is an emphasis on work-life balance. There is a feeling that everyone on my team wants me to succeed.

    Cons

    No free food for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing good work.


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  5. "Microsoft"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Inclusive work environment, understand the importance of work-life balance, good benefits and salary.

    Cons

    Too many reorgs which can suddenly terminate a position. They do provide some assistance with finding another job but once a position is terminated due to reorg, you are basically on your own.

    Advice to Management

    Show a little more concern about employees that have been around a long time whose positions are suddenly terminated due to reorg and which is no fault of the employee.


  6. "Empowerment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Program Manager in Snohomish, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Program Manager in Snohomish, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you can imagine it, you can likely make it happen. If you are a great collaborator and influencer, you can be successful here.

    Cons

    Lack of strong management capabilities and senior leadership who reinforces poor behaviors by not addressing bad managers. Manager isn't a job unto itself; mid-level managers still have ~90% of their review based in their individual contributions.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to let really smart people advance without being people managers and start growing people management capability early in career, before you move someone into a people manager role.


  7. "Great company great management great staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for development and growth

    Cons

    Nothing to mention at this time


  8. "Sr. Program Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    large organization. good insight into how a large corporation functions.

    Cons

    scope of impact can be limited by size of organization, compared to smaller company. Had been very tenure based.


  9. "Love/Hate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the best people I've ever worked with in a fun and collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Too much red tape. Very difficult to get even small projects completed quickly and efficiently.


  10. "Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Challenging problems to work on. Good pay and benefits. Great development tools.

    Cons

    Work life balance is tough to maintain when constantly under pressure of meeting deadlines. At times personal agendas get in the way of doing what's best.

    Advice to Management

    Walk around and talk to the people in the trenches. They can give you a more realistic view of what is happening in your department or division. Get the people who develop the products more in touch with the customers.


  11. "MIcrosoft Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good salary
    good benefits
    good company to retire at

    Cons

    no work
    a lot of politics
    old PM who doesn't want to work

    Advice to Management

    get rid of principal and partner Pms and add more entry level pms



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