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Updated May 18, 2017
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  1. "XP Depends on Group"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Issaquah, WA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Issaquah, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some groups have flexible start, end times; flexible work from home

    Cons

    Some groups are extremely stressful to work for especially without decent pay

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of contracting. Hire on the contractors for a fraction of what you're paying the contracting companies and you'll have immensely happier employees.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Microsoft during Balmer era"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft has incredible smart and talented resource pool, one of the best in the world. Salary and the bonus structure, paternity leave, stock options are super attractive. It also offers generous perquisites such as nanny service, relocation package and generous holidays

    Cons

    HR policy was strict enforcement of bell curve that created a back stabbing, zero sum, highly political work culture. In many cases the managers and the employees fell into the same bell curve and hence, managers wanted his own team members to fail and take all the credit so that during the review, the manager looked good

    Advice to Management

    I have heard that the bell curve has been removed as a policy. They should also encourage employees to take risk and fail fast than to be risk averse. The product teams should also work directly with the customers and partners more to understand the customer pain they are addressing


  3. "Lots of changes, without field direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Sales Representative in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Field Sales Representative in Houston, TX
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Extremely talented employees, for the most part.
    - Good (used to be great) benefits
    - Stock doing great in recent years
    - Excellent senior leadership
    - Solid cloud development and offerings

    Cons

    - As company is changing from annual agreements to subscription revenue, field is in turmoil
    - Some field locations are seeing massive turnover (>50%)
    - Compensation plans uncertain/changing for field roles as management tries to understand how to adjust comp models to new sales models.
    - Pockets of low morale

    Advice to Management

    Ensure there is better field management to manage during the change. In some areas, field management is managing via intimidation models and driving uncertainty, poor morale, and massive turnover.


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  5. "Performance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SDET2 in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - SDET2 in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    benefits are good. can learn new technology.

    Cons

    Very tedious. Was comparing the SDETs converted to SEs with SDEs the first year itself and the company's policy to wipe out SDETs even if you are sustaining as a developer. Eventually everyone who was a SDET once in their life were fired or laid off.

    Advice to Management

    The loyalty is not anymore there with the company.


  6. "Good opportunities"

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

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to make an impact. Great place to learn. Campus/benefits are fabulous. Relaxed/flexible environment.

    Cons

    Management is hit or miss. If you get placed on a team that is managed well you have endless opportunities. If management is not strong, you will be lost among the many other employees.


  7. "Principal Engineering Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Engineering Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineering Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits and flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Extremely political, takes aways from the good the company offers.

    Advice to Management

    Break the silos and a way to push management that uses their power to settle political scores.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Needs more focus on customer, not internal processes."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Planner in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Planner in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is full of some of the smartest people I've ever worked with. GREAT benefits.

    Cons

    More energy was spent making product improvements to help the back-end engineers than for the product and/or customer experience.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the external customer. Products are made for them. Stop putting your employees in level "buckets." Competition should be against our external competitors, not each other. Do better to integrate and appreciate employees from acquired companies - there's a reason you paid so much for them.


  9. "Microsoft the second time around."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to move to different groups when a project finishes up. This was my second go around with Microsoft.

    Cons

    The traffic into work in Bellevue was the worst. Sometimes it would take 2 hours from Woodinville to Bellevue

    Advice to Management

    What is the next path to success for the company besides Windows & Office.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "15 year run"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Group Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Group Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to begin career

    Cons

    Not a great place to grow unless you are at HQ Redmond, and even then, hyper hyper competitive and people steal/take credit from one another. Very poor cross-teaming culture.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to distribute management and take advantage of great talent living everywhere other than Redmond/Seattle


  11. "Ballmer was a Headache"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Design Engineer (SDE) in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Design Engineer (SDE) in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great teams and people.
    There were some orgs that had more politics than others.
    People are open to discussion and culture is pretty good.

    Cons

    If you're passionate and talented, you might very likely be over used and over worked to the point of work out (my lead drove me out).

    Advice to Management

    The reason 10x-ers leave is too much grunt work put on them. Dig through people's productivity to drive out those that are milking their jobs and covering their lack of work with fake and bloated work items.


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