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Updated February 18, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1019)

    "Thoughts after 10 years...."

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    • 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. "Developer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Challenging problems to work on. Good pay and benefits. Great development tools.

    Cons

    Work life balance is tough to maintain when constantly under pressure of meeting deadlines. At times personal agendas get in the way of doing what's best.

    Advice to Management

    Walk around and talk to the people in the trenches. They can give you a more realistic view of what is happening in your department or division. Get the people who develop the products more in touch with the customers.


  3. "MIcrosoft Review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good salary
    good benefits
    good company to retire at

    Cons

    no work
    a lot of politics
    old PM who doesn't want to work

    Advice to Management

    get rid of principal and partner Pms and add more entry level pms


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  5. "A Great Company that can be greater if......."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Representative
    Current Employee - Technical Support Representative
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits

    Work-Life Balance: They stick to this promise as much as possible, even still making the attempt when business causes the request for increased flexibility from the employee during busier times.

    Learning And Career Development Opportunities: Many areas of the business that allow for increased knowledge of how the technology business works and help with career development when time makes it available.

    Opportunity to see and work with the latest and greatest technologies out there.

    Alot of networking face-time with industry partners both big and small.

    Cons

    When it comes to career advancement, sad to say the stack system is still ever so apparent. Alot of times, advancement either becomes a who you know or cultural bias. Alot of people do not want to say it, but trust me, it is there.

    Sometimes, as said above, this can lead to a career development stall with your reporting supervisor. In some areas, there is hidden favoritism being played with groups of staff.

    Advice to Management

    No matter race, gender or who that particular staff member is "buddy buddy" with, great talent (or rising stars if you will), is exactly that, great talent. Develop them to be an even better asset to the business, and give them the same opportunity to advance and grow as everyone else, making an even playing field. This is something that plagues the industry as a whole, so don't be part of the whole, be different and set the company apart from the rest.


  6. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If in the right group, lots of cutting-edge possibilities.

    Cons

    Overly political and in some areas lacking real innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Manage with conviction, have a real vision vs. chasing tail lights.


  7. "Love/Hate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the best people I've ever worked with in a fun and collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Too much red tape. Very difficult to get even small projects completed quickly and efficiently.


  8. "Good Place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits and Flexiable Schedule

    Cons

    Management is not to great at leadership


  9. "Great company but be prepared to manage your own career growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Awesome tech and great benefits

    Cons

    No such thing as a 40-hour work week


  10. "support engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    good working environment, nice colleague; collaboration working style

    Cons

    not I can think of for now


  11. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart people hard problems and good benefits

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy stopping innovation



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