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  1. Helpful (1176)

    "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. "Retail level"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Advisor in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Product Advisor in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great, fun job if you love technology. Never a day in which I felt work was work. Managers were open and had a open door policy. Benefits were best I'd had.

    Cons

    Separation within employees due to background accessibility.

    Advice to Management

    Find out and end all internal struggles between coworkers

  3. "The ride was good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    I learned a lot from a lot of smart people

    Cons

    Sometimes the amount of program managers can stifle productivity, but otherwise no cons from me

    Advice to Management

    I would like to see microsoft expand into health markets more aggressively


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Testing Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    good tecnology, good culture, the company is too big

    Cons

    the company is too big.good tecnology, good culture


  5. "Senior Content Developer"

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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 work/life balance, good benefits, good work processes, opportunities to move around the company

    Cons

    Culture changing to be more cookie-cutter like Silicon Valley, compensation a little behind competitors, a lot of inertia


  6. "Working for Microsoft"

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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

    Building products which can reach out to tens of thousands customers and impact globally.

    Cons

    Typical politics expected in the large companies

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent and reward people fairly based on the actual contributions to the business


  7. "Senior Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Insurance and other benefits. Pay is above average.

    Cons

    Demands are very high. No matter how much you do, there is always more to do.

  8. "Working in Microsoft - Feedback"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Great Work-Life Integration experience

    Cons

    I can't think of anything really bad to say about the Company

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Competitive pay, great benefits, quiet location

    Cons

    Some remnants of old Microsoft culture


  10. "UX Designer 2"

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    Current Employee - User Experience Designer II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is a corporate that really cares about employee's personal/family life and the team I stay with truly embrace the company vision. I really enjoy the work environment here. The work itself also has a lot of potentials that you can innovate with. It is quite different from what I have known about the MSFT before. I think it is truely changing and evolving.

    Cons

    The organization is pretty big so the cons is sometimes it is hard to push thing forward and make thing happened in a short of time.


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