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Updated February 21, 2017
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  1. "Strategy and Accountability"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  2. "Microsoft is great."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is an emphasis on work-life balance. There is a feeling that everyone on my team wants me to succeed.

    Cons

    No free food for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing good work.


  3. "Empowerment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Program Manager in Snohomish, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Program Manager in Snohomish, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you can imagine it, you can likely make it happen. If you are a great collaborator and influencer, you can be successful here.

    Cons

    Lack of strong management capabilities and senior leadership who reinforces poor behaviors by not addressing bad managers. Manager isn't a job unto itself; mid-level managers still have ~90% of their review based in their individual contributions.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to let really smart people advance without being people managers and start growing people management capability early in career, before you move someone into a people manager role.


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    "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Collaboration, Innovation, a great place to work

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons


  6. "Microsoft"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Inclusive work environment, understand the importance of work-life balance, good benefits and salary.

    Cons

    Too many reorgs which can suddenly terminate a position. They do provide some assistance with finding another job but once a position is terminated due to reorg, you are basically on your own.

    Advice to Management

    Show a little more concern about employees that have been around a long time whose positions are suddenly terminated due to reorg and which is no fault of the employee.


  7. "Recruiter"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people and the team support. The flexible working environment is also a real benefit. With the option to work from various offices as well as from home.

    Cons

    The contractor model is frustrating for those who hope to make the move to a FTE position. So few roles become available that you could be contracting for a long time.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to do everything you can to help the contractors feel as part of the business and as valued as their FTE counterparts.


  8. "Great company great management great staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for development and growth

    Cons

    Nothing to mention at this time


  9. "General"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    benefits, work life balance, trainings

    Cons

    empire building at mid and top management

    Advice to Management

    reduce Bureaucracy


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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  11. "Software Engineer 2"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on cutting edge technology, competitive salary.

    Cons

    Mid level management plays lot of politics



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