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Updated January 16, 2018
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  • Generally good work life balance (in 1982 reviews)

  • Working with really smart people who readily share their great insights is a humbling experience where everyone is treated as equals by all employees (in 1699 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1313)

    "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)

    "Solid company, actively working to fix culture issues"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great education and improvement opportunities like tuition reimbursement, paid training time, etc. Strongly encourages growth of all kinds.

    Cons

    Still working to break down some of those famous silos in the company that prevent divisions from working together effectively. Better every day, but a long way to go yet.

  3. "Software Engineering"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, respect towards women, a lot of learning.

    Cons

    working on Microsoft Only technologies


  4. "Continous Improvement"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Technology leadership and investment in R&D
    - Enhancement of benefits Y/Y, already a solid package
    - Continually improvement in culture led by Satya and his directs

    Cons

    - Cultural changes have not necessarily flowed down to the middle management ranks
    - Internal processes and tools are improving but still behind

    Advice to Management

    - Continue the push on Growth Mindset. It is inspiring and leading the company in the right direction.


  5. "Low level Position as a Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    I had the best experience of my life!

    Cons

    I have no cons for my job at Microsoft.


  6. "Great re-born company!"

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    • 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

    Love leadership, Great benefits/comp, excellent work/life balance

    Cons

    can not really think of any worth listing


  7. "Program Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    My supervisors and colleagues were highly professional and excellent to work with.

    Cons

    The corporation's large bureaucracy sometimes negatively impacted productivity

    Advice to Management

    Streamline the bureacracy as much as possible

  8. "Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, people, forward looking technology

    Cons

    Still stuck in a employee rating system which is very opaque leaving you very little input on what it is you need to do to hit your bonus despite hitting revenue goals.

    Advice to Management

    Lead. Too many managers that know how to manage well but not enough leaders who can get in with you and help you succeed. They talk about your career and tell you that you need to do more but don't show you to help you get there.


  9. "Technical Writer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of freedom to pursue passion projects.
    Very open minded peers and environment.
    Personal offices.

    Cons

    This is really nit-picky, but
    Compensation possibly not as competitive as the competition.
    No free food and just in general not a lot you get outside of getting paid (which isn't bad, just might not be up to par with what competitors do).
    Teams don't feel very close to each other, in social terms. Everyone is friendly, but not a lot of friends.

    Advice to Management

    Make buildings on campus feel more like Microsoft buildings, than just generic office buildings.
    Make employees feel appreciated with various small gestures that won't cost a lot, but will make people feel better.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to grow, but be prepare to pay for it"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Great place to learn, impactful projects, good benefits.

    Cons

    Intense work culture, most people in office work late nights, weekends, and holidays.

    Culture can be a bit backstabby and aggressive rather than collaborative.


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