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Updated February 24, 2018
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  • Certain groups can have poor work-life balance (in 1124 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company to work for"

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

    Pros

    I really enjoy the flexibility to work from home and decide how i am going to achieve all the goals i set

    Cons

    Conversions rarely happen in recruiting. If you are hoping to get a full time job you will likely be disappointed


  2. Helpful (1318)

    "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. "Great Company to Work For!"

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    Former Employee - Product Advisor in Oak Brook, IL
    Former Employee - Product Advisor in Oak Brook, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits. A company that values volunteering and giving back.

    Cons

    It's hard if you don't have the customer service/sales background.


  4. "Data and AI Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Data and AI Consultant
    Current Employee - Data and AI Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture, benefits, location, CEO, flexibility, ability to move laterally

    Cons

    Work-life balance, compensation in this particular position


  5. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - No Name in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - No Name in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than a year)

    Pros

    The changing culture is great.

    Cons

    Old Managers with no skills need to be replaced.


  6. "Software Engineer in Microsoft for the past 5 years"

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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

    - Good benefits
    - Lots of projects to choose

    Cons

    - Microsoft started embracing startup culture recently. Most of the senior employees are still following the old culture.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Flat out the best experience I’ve had working for any major company."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work- Life balance
    Best in class benefits
    Opportunity for growth
    Great vision for the future
    Progressive leadership
    Strong financial performance
    Invests in its people.
    Ability to change trajectory.
    Autonomy

    Cons

    Silo work teams
    Decentralized information
    Low agility in certain instances
    Communication on why we cannot pivot.
    Bonus Structure based on individual contributions.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to do what you are doing, I’m proud to where the badge. Ensure that Growth Mindset is priority at every level.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Love this company!"

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    • Senior Management
    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

    Smart people, great work life balance, company matches charity donations.

    Cons

    It all depends on who you work for - would NOT work in the WDG group


  9. "Solid, flexible, with many opportunities"

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging work with impact. Opportunities for lateral moves and advancement. Smart, motivated co-workers. Stable, respect for work/life balance and flexibility to work at home. Positive, optimistic atmosphere without a lot of office politics. High compensation potential.

    Cons

    Frequent re-organizations, management changes, office moves. Demanding performance expectations. Occasional need to work longer hours. Management styles and expectations vary greatly across the company and even within groups.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure we're innovating and not just copying what other companies are doing. Make more effort to preserve knowledge retained only by senior people and not written down anywhere systematically. Respect older technologies and build off them, don't just let them stagnate.


  10. "Great company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Every possible role you can think of ins software industry, Microsoft has it.
    Easy to switch roles to try different career options
    Grow as IC or as Manager with similar compensation

    Cons

    Gigantic. Some teams have bad LT.

    Advice to Management

    Empower engineers and Leads to take more bold decisions without having to go through long chain of LT.


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