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Updated September 21, 2017
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  1. Helpful (6)

    "It's a great gig until you get too much tenure"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is one of the best places to work in Reno. Great people, amazing benefits, and top pay in the area. There are plenty of challenging projects and lots of development opportunities. It's a great gig... while it lasts...

    Cons

    Microsoft Reno seems to not want employees with more than 8-10 years of experience. At the Reno office, we called it the 10-year curse, because that was often the time you'd be managed out. They focus a lot on their intern program with UNR, and that's because those are the people that will replace the tenured employees when they get laid off. It's highly frustrating that this is the norm, but I saw so many high quality employees pushed out this way. I went from being identified as Key Talent one quarter with a high review rating to being managed out the next quarter, and nothing had changed about the quality of my work. They didn't even have a rationale for this drastic change. I can tell you the rationale -- my salary, insurance, and stock options had become too expensive for their liking.

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider your outlook on experienced employees. They may be more expensive to pay and insure, but they will help keep your business strategically at the top of the industry.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Company going through a transformation - some good and some bad"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Satya has transformed the company focus on emerging cloud services which has reinvigorated staff. Out of the lost decade and people feel a greater sense of pride and direction with sound product decisions being made.

    Cons

    Satya has come to love laying off staff every quarter when there isn’t a need. These layoffs are generally directed toward tenured staff so jobs can be worded slightly differently (to pass legal scrutiny) and targeted toward college graduates and millennials. Even Satya dresses like one to try and be hip and cool. This saves money, but sacrifices experience and demonstrates a total lack of loyalty to employees who have dedicated much to the company - significantly more than 40 hours per work week.

    The current culture is certain groups are shamed (white guys over 40). There is a focus on hiring and retaining women which is needed. However, it should not be at the expense of men who have done nothing wrong. During the annual review process, funds are taken away from certain groups to promote others under the false pretense of a meritocracy.

    There is too much middle management. Individual contributors, first level managers and leads take the brunt of layoffs and work the hardest to support the layers of middle management that contribute little. Lots of Senior Directors and General Managers exist only to regurgitate information others told them to look good.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the quarterly layoffs as it is killing employee. morale and the goodwill Satya has enjoyed. Most every employee that remains wonders when it will hit them next.

    Stop promoting tribalism and dividing people by groups. Either someone is a good employee or a bad employee and manage accordingly.

  3. "Hostage Situation"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources, global company, great benefit options

    Cons

    PTO should be a single bucket. I have 3 weeks of vacation and 2 weeks of sick leave. I'm never sick. Don't make me pretend to be sick just to get a day off. Put it in a single bucket and let people manage it themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Please ensure the org priorities are aligned. Teams are constantly in need of partner integration and work to deliver their features, but none of the teams you partner with are aligned so it's impossible to get anything done in sync. This drags things out and is the antithesis of agile.


  4. "Retail"

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    Former Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great stepping stone, decent benefits.

    Cons

    Hard to balance work and life. Management makes it so difficult to take days off or accomodate certain aspect. Those focuses changed in the past 3 years. At the beginning it was an amazing work environment, as time went by they started to become pushy about goals and sales and forgot about the culture.
    Also, very hard to go to corporate from Retail. Nl career path development.

    Advice to Management

    More vacation days, better health insurance and work with your employees to make them feel appreciated.


  5. "Software Engineer II"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits. Pay is good.

    Cons

    Way too many reorganizations. Also a tendency to keep chasing the flavor of the day in new technologies, causing regular disruption in work. There is a strong move up or move out mentality in management. Employees content with where they are at and doing well there often get driven out) . Mid to upper management often seems disconnected from what is going on.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to your small and mid-sized business customers. Cut down on the reorganization churn. In the seven years I was there I went through eight significant changes to the organization. Also keep enough of your M1s, M2s, and ICs in place to keep continuity and tribal knowledge on products which have been built rather than forcing team switches in responsibility which cause significant setbacks in productivity due to relearning to workloads. Seriously watch out on quality!!! I can't emphasize this one enough. The move to combined engineering has caused a significant reduction in quality, and customers are noticing it. Quality is one of the big selling points of our products to businesses. Quality is still getting cut to make deadlines.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "When it's good ,it's good... when it's not, it's really not"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary, good bonuses, if you perform. Good benefits, such as excellent medical. Perks, like fitness compensation and bus pass. Decent parking.

    Cons

    Very few good managers, constant flux, low gender diversity. Culture is very different from team to team, so choose your team wisely, and hope your leadership stays the same as the culture will change if you get reorged or your management changes.
    Advancement is based as much on who you know and how you play politics (maybe even more), than on your skills and contributions

    Advice to Management

    You need to start doing something to retain good managers... every good manager I've had has left the company. Remember, people don't quit jobs, they quit managers... so when all the good managers are running away, how can you expect to keep good employees?


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Simultaneously exhilarating and stifling"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cutting-edge technology
    Smart and talented people

    Cons

    Extreme hierarchical corporate culture
    Innovation is second to political posturing

    Advice to Management

    Promote flexibility and reward creativity over achieving yesterday's stale commitments

  8. "Good."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Generally good in a non specific way

    Cons

    Some bad stuff, needs to improve.


  9. "Microsoft"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Smart People, Lots of resources

    Cons

    Very Political and disagreeing viewpoints are not always appreciated


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Beware of bad managers"

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

    Pros

    Great company. Good benefits. Satya's leadership and commitment to a culture that is aware of the responsibility to the greater good. Legacy of excellence.

    Cons

    Some people in management roles have no business being in management roles. They lack the basic business expertise to lead teams or guide strategy. Poor people skills and unwillingness to learn. Limited opportunity to grow. An overvaluing of Microsoft experience versus industry experience really limits the company's potential to be innovative.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at departures as a sign of bad managers/management.


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