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Updated February 25, 2017
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  1. "Corporate culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Freedom to work with great people

    Cons

    Larger corporate culture is stagnant to change


  2. "It depends on the group you are in"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - User Interface Designer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - User Interface Designer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - can change group
    - huge variety of projects
    - generally nice people
    - can talk to anyone
    - great benefits
    - nice campus and facilities

    Cons

    - internal warfare
    - "smartest person in the room" syndrome
    - empire building
    - takes too long to get anything done
    - unpopular managers aren't drummed out

    Advice to Management

    - believe your employees when they tell you there's a management problem
    - kill projects when they are small, not when they are big


  3. "GM"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Pay, opportunities if you are on the right side of key managers

    Cons

    political, top down, poor listening systems, if you don't challenge management you can do fine. New culture is creating fear and indecision everywhere, no one wants to take risks

    Advice to Management

    Don't take the time to listen to reality, don't use real data for decision making, just think you do


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  5. "Sr. Business Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very Good Benefits Package - inclusive of 50% 401K match

    Cons

    Expectation that Personal Life is secondary to Career


  6. "Be careful what team you end up on..."

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

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern

    Pros

    Microsoft is blessed with incredible resources and so many employees that are not only willing to help those around them, but also willing to take time out of their day to talk to an intern. Microsoft has all the right ingredients to be great, I just think they've got a ways to go to get there.

    Cons

    Silos. Redundancy. Bad managers. I stuggled during my internship to make a connection with my manager. Not only were they out of the office for almost 50% of the time I was working there, but when they were there they barely took the time to mentor or guide me through the work I was doing. Claiming to be too busy to mentor or guide an intern means you shouldn't be bringing an intern on board.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you vet your summer internship managers better. I wasn't the only one that experienced poor management.


  7. "Working at Microsoft"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    1. The job comes with good benefits.
    2. Due to being a larger company, there is opportunity to move around laterally to find a position that fits you, but you have to be very proactive about it.
    3. Good work/life balance. Most benefits seem somewhat catered to family people who don't want to work late.

    Cons

    1. It's very difficult to "stand out" and move up in the ranks.
    2. There doesn't seem to be a very good way to advance your career without moving into management.
    3. The job can end up being very political.
    4. It all really depends on your team.

    Advice to Management

    There should be more opportunities for talented people to move laterally, and advance their career without going into management.


  8. "Challenging, but work/life balance is tricky"

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    Current Employee - SDEII in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - SDEII in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work on big projects that affect millions of customers. The company is making the right moves to increase its share of the cloud software market. You will not be bored; you can't hide out in any safe teams.

    Cons

    If you work on a cloud service, prepare yourself for 24/7 on-call support duties. These were the most stressful and least rewarding parts of my job. After the company got rid of the testers, the devs did not pick up the slack. We're all DevOps now, after all. And we and our families pay the price in 3:00 AM calls, when you can't think straight and the pressure is like none you've ever felt.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the QA roles, even if you don't call them SDETs. We catch far too many problems in production. We create too many alerts that catch problems too late, and then no one reads the thousands of auto-generated E-mails anyway.


  9. "Pros and Cons"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor

    Pros

    Resources, systems, tools, work/life balance

    Cons

    Support role, no opportunity for growth

    Advice to Management

    Either embrace vendors or get rid of them altogether


  10. "A company and environment that is comfortable with status quo"

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    A large company that respective and appreciated diversity in people and views

    Cons

    Compensation was fair
    No training or development
    Limited growth opportunities


  11. "Strategy and Accountability"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Lead in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Lead in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very talented people, motivated and with drive for results

    Cons

    Mediocre mid mgmt at best, Lack vision and strategy

    Advice to Management

    Start with holding senior and executive mgmt accountable, most things will fall into place.



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