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Updated July 25, 2017
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  1. "Communications Manager"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor

    Pros

    Flexible, community oriented, knowledgeable

    Cons

    Odd hours, inconsistent processes


  2. "great company moving in the right direction as cloud and business focused"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    well established company; deep pocket and great level of resource

    Cons

    changes can be slow; too many re-orgs

    Advice to Management

    bump up employee total compensation to keep up with other tier 1 internet and tech companies, such as Facbook, Amazon, Apple, and Google

  3. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good culture and smart people

    Cons

    slow to ship, too much red tape


  4. "Great place to work"

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility of work schedule, great opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Work life balance can be tricky if you don't set boundaries

    Advice to Management

    Improve transparency


  5. "Microsoft"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the best companies in the world. I've been here since 1995 and I have seen a few things. I can't imagine working somewhere else, but maybe I could.

    Cons

    Some things, not easy to articulate. People, expectations, alpha.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it real for old timers.


  6. "Great place for good people"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart engineers have the ability to do very well here. Take ownership of your career and your product.

    Cons

    Lots of employees means that it's difficult to stand out if you aren't one of the hardest working and brightest.

    Advice to Management

    One phrase "Analysis Paralysis". We need to rework our processes on our older codebases to enable faster innovation. We need testers back on some products too.


  7. "Software Engineering Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Large customer base, innovative projects, agility

    Cons

    No Cons at this time

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Microsoft is undergoing a transformation"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great health package
    - Good work-life balance
    - Employer really cares (great HR!)

    Cons

    - Empire building can be seen
    - Microsoft tends to throw money at problems instead of holding people accountable; too many people take their jobs for granted and don't bring in their A game to work (great place if you are hardworking, detail-oriented and humble - easy to rise among peers)

    Advice to Management

    Don't throw money at problems. Hold people accountable.


  9. "Awesome!! I've had a great time and am looking to move up. It's been very rewarding. Highly recommend it."

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    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everything is a pro. The people. Ability to move latterly and learn. Work/life balance and so much more. I'm in services. Other departments have other cultures.

    Cons

    There aren't really any. Free lunch everyday would give great but I'm just trying to fill the twenty word minimum here


  10. "Software Engineer 2"

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    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good company. Willing to stay for more years.

    Cons

    Makes you too comfortable. So fight hard for your career.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing very serious. All good.


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