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Updated February 16, 2019
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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Principal Program Manager
    Current Employee - Principal Program Manager

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    - great pay
    - great work/life balance
    - smart co-workers

    Cons

    - no individual accountability
    - bureaucracy


  2. Helpful (1464)

    "Thoughts after 10 years...."

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    • Culture & Values
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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. "Love MS"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is very good

    Cons

    Stock prize & # stocks


  4. "Great place for research"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Microsoft Research is a great place to get experience as an early-stage researcher. I enjoyed working in the Cambridge Lab and was impressed by the research going on in the lab. The pay was great and the benefits were awesome. The lab is very accommodating towards interns and I had a lot of fun during the summer!

    Cons

    It is a bit hard to find housing around the area but previous students are helpful in recommendations.


  5. "A great company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - great people
    - fun and challenging work
    - leadership
    - benefits

    Cons

    - limited opportunities to learn non-Microsoft technologies


  6. "Great work culture"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    The work culture helps learn a lot and grow into a great engineer. There is a good growth mindset.

    Cons

    Need to understand the politics and be self driven about career growth in terms of ladder.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company - you will be busy"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employees are empowered to make good choices

    Cons

    The company under Satya is going in the right direction but there are still groups with dysfunctional leaders.

  8. "Amazing place"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Surrounded by high performers
    Benefits are amazing
    Opportunities for growth almost daily

    Cons

    Haven’t found any to date


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Exceeeding Expectations - Great Company -"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Remarkable bright people who are passionate about their jobs. Pay is excellent and benefits are better than any company I've worked before. Very fast pace. A lot is expected from you but the company also rewards results.

    Cons

    Not for the faint of heart. It's very fast paced and the demands are high. I have been here 6 months and everyone I work with 'pulls their weight' and more. It's not a place to be if you want to 'just get by'. You will be exposed quickly and 'encouraged' to find a new place of employment.

    Advice to Management

    Continue what you're doing.. It's working.


  10. "Have a very good work and life balance"

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is very good.

    Cons

    Sometimes the user is not happy with project.