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Updated February 17, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Extremely political to the point that it is severely hampering business potential"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -work life balance
    -good pay
    -brand
    -SOME good, smart people
    -learning opportunities

    Cons

    -some pretty crazy managers
    -if you are friends with the SLT of your group, you are promoted
    -managers with very little proven merit
    -politics are literally insane. You will spend nearly 2/3 of your time playing the internal game. Your internal brand exceeds the importance of your external (client brand). The same people get all of the recognition. It's almost like a high school culture
    -you will literally have to sell your soul to move up within the company. Proceed with caution
    -if you are creative the culture may stifle your creativity
    -the vision and TV commercials sound and look great but it's a whole different story in the trenches
    -if you have genuine passion and love for what you do, and are on the fence with other offers or opportunities, go elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    -consider talking to the folks who get little attention at the upper levels yet consistently produce results or create new things
    -ask yourself who the most customer obsessed yet unspoken of heroes are and promote them or they will leave
    -diversity and inclusion still has a long long way to go despite all the marketing and investment around it


  2. "Just required review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good for waiting your retirement to come
    - Very good for people who like political battles
    - Might be a good work life balance if you land to a good team (which is rare)

    Cons

    - Overall: it is a dying elephant
    - Very politicized
    - Very bad for any technical career
    - Too many "story tellers" and visibility gainers, but very limited amount of really working people. Everybody wants to delegate and eventually get credit of your work.
    - Outdated stack of technologies, most of them are already irrelevant
    - Questionable medical benefits
    - Paycheck bellow average

    Advice to Management

    - Switch to Google like hiring, review and promotion system.
    - Rate people by skills not by talking and "gender/race correctness"
    - Hire better engineers and promote capable managers
    - Remove junk from the company


  3. "Mission Critical Escalation Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Tech Support in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Tech Support in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    On site, low priced cafeterias

    Cons

    Support software tools created but not updated or maintained. Many superior tools available made by other companies but MS likes to only use tools created "in-house" but there are rarely enough resources to keep them up-to-date.

    Advice to Management

    Audit the processes and tools and budget accordingly.


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  5. "Avoid at all cost"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, good perks, great benefits

    Cons

    Horrible management, still the old Microsoft culture

    Advice to Management

    Actually listen to your employees, and cut all the Growth Mindset crap.


  6. "anti-productive culture of busy work over results"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and work life balance - b/c people are not very busy

    Cons

    anti-productive culture of busy work over results


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic Political Environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice benefits, some orgs can be slow paced for ease of stress (or Azure which is a constant deathmarch)

    Cons

    Extremely toxic political environment. People are always fighting over ownership. There is another team in Microsoft doing exactly what you are and you'll clash over them. Lots of reorgs. Horrible open source software policy (It's gotten better, but still horrible).


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Still living last decade"

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

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

    Pros

    Great team members and projects can be interesting challenges (but dated, mostly refactorings or copying existing competition features)

    Cons

    Managers are only lifers that were hired from college. Tech is still decades behind the competition. Change is slow.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the PMs and Middle managers


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Community Development Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Development Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Community Development Specialist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture, free drinks and snacks, stretch assignments paid.

    Cons

    Budget cuts with retail, management is vastly different by market, they preach work life balance but to no avail, workload is not comparable to pay.

    Advice to Management

    Reinvest in you people and culture as it continues to fade


  10. Helpful (2)

    "It is too random"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Free Soda
    - Healthcare isn't the worse in the industry
    - Pay is ok in the industry

    Cons

    - Satya has lost his mind and really thinks that IT is something that doesn't need to exist
    - Company is killing itself to make Azure work and it is failing
    - IT Department cost tripled trying to move everything to Azure not including people
    - IT department is cutting vendor and FTE staff trying to do "more with less" calling dev/ops but with no real idea of what dev/ops means
    - "Blue Box" means Product Groups doing their own IT without knowledge on how to do it
    - Satya is making a mess of it. Company will is seeing short term gains from dropping ops costs but will quickly start to stagnate and people start to choke on Azure.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the CEO. The cloud isn't magic. You need people to make it work. Invest in innovation and don't shut it down because it isn't the "right" group to innovate.


  11. "Software Engineer Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern

    Pros

    Not much to say. Was not that enjoyable for me.

    Cons

    Huge Tech Debt to solve. Code base is in shambles and takes forever to get things done.



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