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  1. Helpful (1150)

    "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 (4)

    "Program Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Microsoft takes the time to hire great people, typically resulting in healthy teams.
    The culture has shifted to customer-centric and is growth oriented.
    Highly competitive benefits and pay.

    Cons

    Layoffs are fairly common as the company shifts priorities and struggles to compete with Cloud.
    Reorg's can be overly frequent and disruptive due to poor advance planning.
    Large company bureaucracy... Ambiguous or unnecessarily complex job responsibilities can slow down productivity.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace growth mindset behaviors and allow the team flexibility and safe space for errors as they learn. Be aware of and eliminate passive, less obvious micromanagement habits. Microsoft is particularly focused on retaining talented managers.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits"

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

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

    Pros

    World class benefits, work/life balance is up to the individual to define (though this probably varies by team), interesting & impactful work on products that everyone recognizes

    Cons

    Inter-team work still could improve (working with some teams can feel like a fight, but most teams are good), minimal training/onboarding for new hires


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, good employees, great benefits

    Cons

    too much red tape around things, takes a long time to move on somethings


  5. "Microsoft--multiple contract positions"

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    Former Employee - Lab Engineer/Technical Analyst in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Lab Engineer/Technical Analyst in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, large family type atmosphere, new technology so easy to keep current, intelligent staff, sometimes able to work remotely from home, many services on site (restaurants, banks, stores, etc.)

    Cons

    Long commute time, often required long hours

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that employees are each weighed on their unique specialties and skills.


  6. "Great company to work for with many opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Senior Data Scientist in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Data Scientist in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid, if not great, benefits, great work-life balance

    Cons

    Easy to become complacent, old-timer thrive on office politics

    Advice to Management

    Please critically examine performance of mid-lever management


  7. "Awesome work environment"

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Super smart and driven people to work with!

    Cons

    Be sure to maintain a work-life balance. It's easy to focus too much on work with it's a challenging project!

    Advice to Management

    Stay competitive with Amazon! We're loosing too much talent!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Changing... for the worse"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineering Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineering Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of scope, lots of variety -- in my 15 years in the company I've worked in widely different divisions, on very different products.

    Cons

    Some of the focus on individual growth has lessened in the last few years. Managers with span of control of 15-20 are not uncommon; at that point it's impossible to provide good career guidance. Growth tools like mylearning and mentor have gotten scaled back to the nub. Instead of in-person classes taught by Wintellect we're now told to use the company-wide Pluralsight subscription for self-learning -- not the same thing at all.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the better parts of the old Microsoft, leave the rest behind.


  9. "great company moving in the right direction as cloud and business focused"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    well established company; deep pocket and great level of resource

    Cons

    changes can be slow; too many re-orgs

    Advice to Management

    bump up employee total compensation to keep up with other tier 1 internet and tech companies, such as Facbook, Amazon, Apple, and Google


  10. "Great company, CEO, and culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture and smart talented people

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and politics in getting things done

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of senior leaders who don't align to our culture


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