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Updated April 22, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1054)

    "Thoughts after 10 years...."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    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 (5)

    "Nice but political"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very good work-life balance
    Lots of benefits
    Very well paid

    Cons

    Highly political
    Most decissions are Microsoft based not market based
    A lot of people have just forgotten what is a real job and basically work to keep their role

    Advice to Management

    Bring fresh blood


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Director of Finance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Finance in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Director of Finance in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good work/life flexibility, smart people that are driven and motivated.

    Cons

    Large bureaucracies with few correct decision makers. Career movement more difficult than expected at director level+, screwed up promotion policy.

    Advice to Management

    allow for promotions across teams, rather than promotions ONLY in same position.


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  5. "SDE 2 review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SDEII in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - SDEII in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great engineers at grass root level

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy at higher levels


  6. "smart people, great benefits"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Things have dramatically better when compared to few years ago, very nimble, lot of emphasis on cloud.

    Cons

    still there is some favoritism left, its who you know rather than how you do your job.

    Advice to Management

    don't make managers move orgs with their directs(friends)


  7. "Operations Program Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Operations Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong cultural values and inspiring vision amongst senior leadership

    Cons

    Lack of strategic direction and clarity in my immediate team right now


  8. "Good Pay, Vague Direction"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay, good benefits, flexible hours

    Cons

    Crunch time still happens, quality control varies wildly, very little consistency in general. Corporate politics dominate the workplace and cannot be avoided if you want to climb the ladder, even on the engineering track.

    Advice to Management

    There is no coherent vision for this company at all.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Program Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to learn and develop technical and program management skills

    Cons

    Top heavy. Lots of overhead. Managers are not properly trained to motivate team and have huge egos. Kills desire to do great work as you re mostly required to follow orders and agree to survive and not think independently

    Advice to Management

    Train the managers to do their job. They mostly impede progress rather than facilitating agility and innovation.


  10. "Great Company! Last worked there in 2011."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work and great learning Experience!

    Cons

    Work-Life balance can not be achieved. It was great when I didn't have children but very difficult afterwards.

    Advice to Management

    Management is also under the same type of pressure so I'm not sure if I can give them any advise.


  11. "A great employee experience!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with some of the best talent in the world

    Cons

    Very political and competition with colleagues is fierce



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