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Updated July 19, 2017
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  1. "Big company with big politics"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, great benefits, interesting opportunities and challenges, ongoing opportunities to learn and grow, global impact, desire to value diversity

    Cons

    Politics get you ahead so be prepared to play the game. Great work isn't good enough. Diversity is talked about but the reality is that it's not fully embraced.


  2. "Software Engineer 2"

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

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities to move around a grow

    Cons

    You need to focus on your job growth

  3. "Great Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing and the work is challenging

    Cons

    Very difficult to grow career if not willing to relocate to Redmond, WA or another Operations Center

    Advice to Management

    Microsoft makes the software that enables companies to be successful around the world. Remote workers can contribute and deliver just like those in the office next to you.


  4. "Services Sales Dirrctor"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Services Sales Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Services Sales Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company provides excellent opportunity for growth, and access to all resources needed to succeed. There is unlimited opportunity to grow if employees take advantage of the resources.

    Cons

    The company is very process heavy, and sometimes gets in its own way. Need to listen to customer more, and need to acknowledge that not all solutions are Microsoft Solutions.


  5. "Group Finance Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Group Finance Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Group Finance Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart driven co-workers who push you to do your best work. Great benefits and flex working arrangements. International opportunities. There are a lot of internal opportunities to transfer within the company.

    Cons

    Long hours, at times the rapidly changing strategy means too many re-organizations and thus too many managers. Can be a cut throat environment. Culture has not really evolved to be a fail fast with failure forgiven for stretch assignments.

    Advice to Management

    Get HR to truly help the employees. Managers need to take a more proactive approach in helping their team develop.


  6. "Program Manager @ Azure"

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

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

    Pros

    Azure is awesome place to work !!

    Cons

    Stay away from Windows Devices and groups.. its all about politics


  7. "Love the company and benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love the company and benefits

    Cons

    Wish more internal roles could be had from outside Redmond area

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Satya has really turned around the culture. Work-life balance is great and the compensation & benefits are great.
    The employees here are also very talented. It's actually a funny balance, they are talented enough to be motivated, yet people aren't over-qualified (like some other tech companies) which means it's reasonable to work on a meaningful project.

    Cons

    It can feel bureaucratic (read: slow) at times. Not much different than any other large tech company.


  9. "Microsoft Fort Lauderdale"

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    Current Employee - Sales Director in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Director in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company and benefits. Microsoft is a Globally recognized 'Great Place to Work'

    Cons

    Very small office with limited career growth opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Enable more career development opportunities


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great culture and place to be...sometimes a tad crazy though"

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn and grow and grow at scale
    Open to new things now and not so closed off as in the past
    Truly collaborative within your team and getting better outside of your immediate teams...
    Embrace the concepts of being able to leverage each other all the time (and now expect this across the Company) + contributing to other's success (not just a tagline but truly happens).
    Correct CEO- excellent leader and just what we needed to become relevant again

    Cons

    Work Life Balance can sometimes be a challenge (not too crazy like Amazon) but you have to really manage your own boundaries otherwise it will consume you
    Can be a bit difficult to navigate and know who is who in order to get stuff done- highly matrixed
    Political in some groups meaning who likes who, who has a good rep and using that to their advantage otherwise if you don't play that game you are left in the dust
    Pay is fine but not as strong as it should be
    For our org specifically, we do not really reward people for the work they really produce or make impact on (there are still some pockets of the old ways in HR).

    Advice to Management

    Change some of the HR leaders in HR so that we can truly be world class and not be left behind.
    Hold managers accountable, truly, for being good managers and vice versa- we say this and try to do this but as a Company, there is NOT a forcing mechanism for people managers to be truly good managers and conversely to shore up bad managers (there are still bad managers rampant in our system and very entrenched.)
    Satya- you are doing a ROCK STAR job, just push your LT to live the values that you show us works... there are still some who struggle and that can bring down the entire org.


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