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Updated June 23, 2018
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  1. "Its perfect"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    Nice environment for an engineer to work and learn latest technologies

    Cons

    nothing found as of now


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great company and improving culture"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal User Experience Designer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Principal User Experience Designer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting place to work. You can work on almost anything if you put your mind to it. The company has a good culture now after overcoming some of the overly aggressive "dude culture" from earlier years.

    Cons

    Schedule can be tough if you don't manage it well. Many managers will take as much of you as they can get so you need to set reasonable boundaries.

  3. "Data Center Technician Lead"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Center Technician Lead in Cheyenne, WY
    Current Employee - Data Center Technician Lead in Cheyenne, WY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great here but I would argue on par with other companies this size. I believe in Microsoft's mission and Satya is greatness!

    Cons

    Microsoft culture has not made it to the data centers. Data Centers are grey cubicles and extremely boring to work in.

    Advice to Management

    Build good leaders in GDCO. Take the time to develop people. Learning and Development is weak. It seems like people don't matter.


  4. "Partner Director of Product Management"

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    Current Employee - Partner Director of Product Management in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Partner Director of Product Management in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting work involving challenges across business, experience and technology.

    Cons

    Old cultures don't change overnight. Change takes time, but it's happening.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to drive change management. Look for opportunities to get ahead of the shifting times.


  5. "A title"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company with a lot of great people, and the luxury to invest in visions.

    Cons

    Big and sometimes very bureaucratic. Very afraid it cannot shake the reputation, aquired in the 90's and early 2000's of being evil.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on what you are doing now. And take risks.


  6. "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

    Lot of freedom and opportunity to impact

    Cons

    Not many that I can think of


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Beautiful campus, smart employees, great learning experience, highly recommended."

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    Former Employee - User Experience Designer II in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, smart employees, great learning experiences, some interesting challenges, highly recommended.

    Cons

    Politics, processes, sometimes too many hurdles to get something shipped

    Advice to Management

    Reduce processes and politics. Potential products should be based more on the merit of the idea/product (as determined from prototyping and user testing) and less on the opinions of a few negative people (who may have other agendas in mind). But overall, it’s a great company to work for. I would go back for sure.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "It all depends on your manager"

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    Former Employee - Content Writer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Content Writer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Working on products that help and affect many people.

    Cons

    Slow moving. Too many managers. Managers feel the need to prove something by changing established processes. Often, they can't explain why, they just want their review to look good.
    Your success depends on your manager. I had many managers, the last one was unsupportive, and became openly hostile when I complained; making up a lot of untrue things about me. HR ignored my complaints. I felt I had no choice buy to leave.
    Even now, I can't give away to much about my position for feat that the manager will try to retaliate.

    Advice to Management

    Satya. You talk about empathy, and I admire you for turning Microsoft around. I loved working there but, when employees have a genuine grievance, the company must learn to really listen.
    I lost a job I loved very much because of one manager who clearly only cared about their own career path, not the products and staff they managed.
    Because of this, I can't in good faith recommend MSFT as a good place to work.


  9. "Not the best for early in career"

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, Stock price

    Cons

    Compensation and benefits not as competitive


  10. "Software Engineer 2"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, and compensation was in top 1% for seattle.

    Cons

    Poor management, lackluster products, legacy technology


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