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Updated September 22, 2017
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  1. "Stress full work place"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    health benefits are good, and good work location

    Cons

    you will loose your health because there are many managers who love to stress employees. They think they can get things done by stressing.


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    "Waiting for Death"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good work-life balance, ~36-40 hour work week, respect for vacation time, etc
    - Some extremely smart people around to learn from, especially when it comes to developing real-time, low-latency systems
    - Really spacious, cool campus with a lot of little perks

    Cons

    Everyone spends most of their time on frivolous busywork: Meetings, manually sideloading files because the proper build process takes too long, refactoring code/dealing with forced refactoring, etc.

    It's so bad that there's actually a term for meaningful work to distinguish it from normal daily tasks: "Impact". You're "making an impact" if you manage to actually do something that will improve customers' experiences or make other engineers actually more productive rather than waste more of their time. FYI, at most companies I've worked with, "Impact" is the standard and a lack of impact results in termination of the employee, team, or the entire company itself.

    Microsoft under Satya Nadella is paying lip service to the philosophy that made Microsoft great in the first place and has been serving other companies so well recently, but in practice the company is a bloated, ineffectual behemoth of failure. Most of the people who brought the tech industry to its knees in the 80s and 90s got rich and got out, and they trained a generation of quiet, useless busybodies to replace themselves. Anyone with any passion or dedication to quality got slowly extruded out the back end of the company over the last 20 years, until we got to this point where Microsoft abandons+reboots their failed phone platform every two years and makes laughably terrible moves like removing the Start Button and forcing updates on people mid-presentation.

    Advice to Management

    It's easy to QQ anonymously online, but I'm not sure what I could do to eliminate all this worthless dead weight if I were the CEO. Just telling people to quit refactoring and going to meetings isn't going to make them into a bunch of dynamic, self-starting go-getters.

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    "Little room to move or get promoted to advance position"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    From lower level positions it is easy to get promoted.

    Cons

    But once you get to a certain level it is almost impossible to be promoted. It is almost impossible to get a position outside of your team unless your willing to move.

    Advice to Management

    Provide move room to be promoted at the higher levels. Allow people to move out of current the careers to other teams to build skills that can benefit the company and earn a person a promotion.


  4. "A great learning experience."

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    Current Employee - Community Development Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Community Development Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible benefits, flexible schedule, solid experience for those looking for growth.

    Cons

    Retail mindset hinders forward growth of the team. Lack of executive maturity and growth mindset impacts opportunity for hard working team members that consistently deliver solid performance.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to change, including self improvement/development.


  5. "MSIT policies, work unsatisfying, mismanaged and unnecessarily stressful"

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Work Life Balance
    Certifications
    Good teams get good work

    Cons

    Lack of Structure
    Callous culture encouraged in some places

    Advice to Management

    Have better checks on fairness and harassment


  6. "Still a long ways to go"

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    Former Employee - Technical Architect in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Technical Architect in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A world-class organization, fantastic breadth and depth, amazing scope and possibilities.

    Cons

    Severe work environment, complete focus on self, money and personal ambition.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink your true values, be a better member and caretaker of the ecosystem in which we all live.


  7. "SSP"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Good health and benefits plan

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, high turnover

    Advice to Management

    Managers mostly concerned for themselves, very political environment

  8. "Depends from the org, it might be ok, it might be bad."

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

    Some of the people are really smart and great to learn from and work with !

    Cons

    A lot of politics, people who spent long time at the company seems disconnected from how things works outside of the company.


  9. "Not the same Microsoft"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, awesome products and many very bright people

    Cons

    Becoming more like Amazon (from the reviews of Amazon I have read). Re-Org of services has made it completely dysfunctional. Perpetual rift between services and Product Group. Very week mid-tier management. With shift from conventional software model to Cloud computing, Microsoft is doing very little to help existing employees make the shift and re-tool their skills...opting instead to use it as an opportunity to get rid of more expensive talent for cheap (less experienced) resources. Constantly worried about losing my job even though I have always been a top performer and my customers love me.

    Advice to Management

    Consider your direct reports your customer and not just a piece of meat. They are people too with lives that are greatly affected (positive or negative) by your actions. Eliminate the stack ranking...in today's world of everyone being touchy feely...it is cruel and unusual punishment. Stop the forced diversity and focus on hiring the right person for the job. Quit forcing your political views on me.


  10. "More focus on customers less on internal politics and comp plans."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Products work and there are smart people at Microsoft.

    Cons

    Sales and Sales Support employees are too focused on their comp plans vs. servicing their customers.

    Advice to Management

    When you reorganize the field sales organization have account assignments ready on day one of the reorganization.


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