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Updated August 19, 2017
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  1. "Overall Good Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Treated fairly well, lots of flexibility and options once you're in.

    Cons

    Big organization, so you never know what can happen regardless of your performance.


  2. "Love it"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Can always find a new challenge
    - Meet and work with lots of smart people
    - Good overall benefits

    Cons

    - Pay not as high as other silicon valley companies
    - No free food, though there are nice cafés
    - Some parts of the company have a lot of politics and make it hard to progress

  3. "Terrific company, CEO and future"

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    Current Employee - Principal Program Manager Lead in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Program Manager Lead in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart people. Satya the CEO is a terrific people and business leader, with clear and compelling strategy & vision. Lots of opportunity for internal movement working in different groups, roles and locations globally. Microsoft is better positioned than any company for the cloud. Satya is very focused on culture and continues to move it within the company to a better place.

    Cons

    It's a big company, which brings bureaucracy at times. While the universally hated forced review curve is no longer official practice, every group I've seen still pushes managers to identify low performers and give them no rewards at annual review. Job security is less than what it use to be due to annual layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Layoffs are part of helping evolve the company and keeping us in leadership position, however better approach would be to look for internal opportunities for these people rather than firing a few thousand and hiring a few thousand every year. I've seen some terrific people let go, which boggled the mind, while plenty of dead weight is still around.

    Increase staffing. Many groups are just too small to really compete. Perfect case study is Cortana vs. Alexa. Cortana launched well ahead of Alexa, but team was < 100 people for few years because it was part of Bing and managing to the larger P&L. Meanwhile, Amazon hired hundreds on Alexa and has much larger ecosystem and much more momentum now.


  4. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Mentors and Leaders. tech lifestyle and up to date

    Cons

    Training and too big and they are strick on PTO


  5. "Overall status in MS online service"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Works with talent people.
    Lots of resource to learn and try.

    Cons

    The overall framework has been locked down.
    Not easy to participate tough problem.


  6. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good technologies, Innovation, ideas respected

    Cons

    Nothing i can think of. You tel


  7. "SDEI"

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

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, friendly environment

    Cons

    Stock award is not very incentive

  8. "I like Microsoft culture"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Big company causes job safety. there are many different groups so you can change your team or find your favorite project

    Cons

    Changing group inside if MS needs another round of interview


  9. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    They are going through a phase of hiring only young newbies right now.


  10. "Business Development Manager"

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    Current Employee - Hardware Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Hardware Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Best time since the start and rapid growth of Microsoft to be working here. Great product line-up, excellent company leadership, and customer focused approach.

    Cons

    Still extremely bloated, way too much middle management. Organizing functions by centers of excellence as opposed to business units has caused some challenges (IE: All hardware reporting up through one chain, as opposed to operating as Xbox, Surface, etc...)

    Advice to Management

    Continue to remove redundant layers of management.


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