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Updated July 21, 2017
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  1. "Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Motivating environment that's highly transformative and focused on the bigger picture. You get to work on amazing and developing products and services.

    Cons

    Slowly changing but still stuck in "big company" process with constant business reporting and over-the-top compliance which slows down business needs and leads to employee, partner, and customer dissatisfaction.


  2. "Operations at Microsoft"

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    Former Employee - Operations Program Manager
    Former Employee - Operations Program Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast-paced, exciting place to work, interesting and challenging work, never gets boring, highly educated and skilled colleagues, strong compensation and good benefits. Company is moving in the right direction.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs - more than in previous years, lack of clear strategy, unwillingness to commit to investing in automation of manual processes, chasing the next shiny thing rather than sticking to a strategy, used to be a place where you could grow your career now it's a place you are fighting just to hold on to your job. Work-life balance is poor.

    Advice to Management

    Create a defined strategy, build a plan to realize it, and then stick to the plan. Don't chase so many shiny objects. Find an org structure that makes sense and stick with it long enough to allow it to reap benefits. Stop the constant reorgs.

  3. "Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    best place to work it IT

    Cons

    middle management should share the growth opportunities

    Advice to Management

    please raise the standard of middle management


  4. "Microsoft"

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

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

    Pros

    If you want to grow with the Microsoft culture and actually help people, it's a great place to work. The environment of giving is real.

    Cons

    There isn't really an internal career path. You need to be self-driven to succeed, all the resources are provided though

    Advice to Management

    Reward your people in any way you can, and you will have their loyalty.


  5. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, good employees, great benefits

    Cons

    too much red tape around things, takes a long time to move on somethings


  6. "Awesome"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, matching stock at 10% discount. The parental leave is awesome and they now have a caregiver benefit.

    Cons

    Too much politics. Because it is such a large company, it is very hard to get promoted. The only way is if the boss likes you.


  7. "Licht und Schatten"

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

    Pros

    nette Kollegen, interessante Aufgaben, Wechsel zwischen Positionen möglich

    Cons

    teilweise zu scorecard fixiert kann man den Focus auf das Wesentliche verlieren

  8. "Premier Field Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Premier Field Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Premier Field Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Warm people
    Good culture
    Learn a lot at the beginning of the role

    Cons

    Compensation and benefits are a bit lacking compared to other tech companies in Australia.
    Too much work and stress. Almost every PFE has this haggard look with dark circles around their eyes. It's no coincidence.
    Need to be a jack of all trades: Deep and wide technical knowledge, soft skills with clients, understanding of the inner workings of the business, able to 'sell' products. Although all these skills are required, once again, the compensation is quite poor.
    Company provided computers are not sufficient for technical work. They are specced way too low.
    PFE Role feels like an afterthought to the rest of the business.
    Not much opportunity for growth internally as the max level of a PFE caps out very low compared to other roles.

    Advice to Management

    You are sitting on a very talented pool of engineers that are growing more and more dissatisfied with their roles. Treat them well or lose them.


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    "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft takes the time to hire great people, typically resulting in healthy teams.
    The culture has shifted to customer-centric and is growth oriented.
    Highly competitive benefits and pay.

    Cons

    Layoffs are fairly common as the company shifts priorities and struggles to compete with Cloud.
    Reorg's can be overly frequent and disruptive due to poor advance planning.
    Large company bureaucracy... Ambiguous or unnecessarily complex job responsibilities can slow down productivity.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace growth mindset behaviors and allow the team flexibility and safe space for errors as they learn. Be aware of and eliminate passive, less obvious micromanagement habits. Microsoft is particularly focused on retaining talented managers.


  10. "Ever Changing"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of different teams, makes for lots of mini-companies within the company. Varied positions and opportunities to change roles, or change career focus.

    Cons

    Constant re-orgs. Very tough to continue the momentum or even get further groundswell. Once you think that there is traction, the company or team does another reorg and priorities are shifted, responsibilities changed and you start all over again. The challenge with that is now what you did before no longer exists.

    Advice to Management

    Set a 3 year plan across the business divisions. Think visionary - not what is at the tip of the nose - by being big and bold - this should eliminate the constant churn. I am on my 5th reorg in 6 months!


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