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Updated September 21, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1215)

    "Thoughts after 10 years...."

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    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. "Account Executive"

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

    Pros

    Good reliable products to sell

    Cons

    Rigid evaluation process and only succeed if you make 100% quota

  3. "Microsoft"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Account Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Territory Account Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, and experience. Many locations with lots of opportunities for movement. Depending on your manager it can be a great place. There is a wellness fund you can use to buy fitness related items that is $800.

    Cons

    Consistent layoffs, high stress, lack of work life balance. If you get a bad manager you will be micromanaged and have no growth. The environment is very political and cut throat.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with employees and don't spout just the company line.


  4. "Good experience, wouldn't stay full-time"

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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

    great perks
    exposure to a network of good engineers
    Locations are metropolitan

    Cons

    too much buerocracy
    not a lot of control as to where you start

    Advice to Management

    cut down team size and have teams completely own products or features


  5. "Cloud TAM"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cloud TAM in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Cloud TAM in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, great benefits, growth mindset

    Cons

    Inept Managers and stack rank system is still present.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to caring about your employees instead of RIF'ing every month or so.


  6. "lower salary with other IT company"

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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

    the work enviroment is very good

    Cons

    lower salary with other IT company


  7. "Decent place to work at, but not that much to learn"

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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

    Interesting experience overall, get to see how a big company works

    Cons

    Projects are not that interesting.

  8. "working as first job is pretty cool"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    location, work environment, benefits, salary ok, opportunities

    Cons

    salary not high compared to some companies


  9. "Great place to work if you work hard and can live in a world of continuous changes"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Channel Marketing Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Channel Marketing Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility to tailor your job to your liking
    Easy to move around within the company
    Great benefits for high performers

    Cons

    Frequent and major changes in strategy and roles
    Internal politics above a certain level
    Unpredictable and frequent layoffs can be demotivating


  10. "Sr. Director"

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Exceptionally inquisitive and smart people

    Cons

    Press forward a lead vs. the traditional fast follower

    Advice to Management

    Bring some of the plethora of innovations within the R&D teams to market.


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