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Updated July 22, 2017
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  1. "Amazing"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consumer Product Advisor in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Consumer Product Advisor in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Fair pay for the job that you do

    Cons

    Due to the massive company that it is... communication isn't always the best


  2. "GREAT PALCE TO WORK"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, bonus, health plan.

    Cons

    Diversity is encouraged but sometimes not exercised.

    Advice to Management

    Review the metrics to measure productivity and rewards.

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    "Microsoft Services"

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

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

    Pros

    - Exciting and challenging work environment
     - Good pay with excellent benefits
     - No stories of people crying at their desks (like at another local tech company)
     - World-class competition and disrupters facilitate an environment where innovation and risk-taking are encouraged

    Cons

    - Big set of products and services across the gamut of IT makes it challenging to coordinate and align activities
     - Legacy products and customers can be a drag on competing against companies born in the cloud

    Advice to Management

    - The Senior Leadership Team has the company on the right track strategically, leveraging the company's strengths to open up new opportunities with our competitors/partners.


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    "Pay good, but FTE work/life balance can be terrible, depending on team"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good Salary
    - Good Benefits
    - There are some fun products / franchises to work on

    Cons

    - In some departments, a constant 50-60 hours/week with no extra compensation is silently expected on top of strict core hours. Only want to work 40 hours/week? Expect to fall behind and be replaced by someone willing to do 50-60.
    - Want to take a vacation? Good luck finding someone to cover your work. During a 40 hour period, I had to do 60 hours week before and 60 hours week after a 1-week vacation to stay caught up, and still had to use my vacation days. Can't trade OT for time off.
    - Depending on manager, feedback on performance may be good (early, actionable) or bad (too late, in-actionable).
    - Mid-to-upper management is all about coming up with fancy-sounding ideas and initiatives full of buzzwords that everyone else is forced to follow, but in reality these "initiatives" tend to be poorly thought-out, huge time wasters, and are obviously only there to pad management's commitments so they get good reviews and bonuses
    - Lots of office politics. In many cases, advancement/bonuses/etc. are all about "looking good" to the right people, not actually being good at your job
    - Constantly pushing good ICs to become mediocre managers instead of letting them become *great* ICs. This results in ICs that are great at knowing one tech / area / etc. being forced to own multiple areas at a much lower level of fluency and be less effective.
    - Microsoft as a whole feels relatively clueless about making new products that customers actually want. Windows Phone is just one example of how Microsoft can totally shoot themselves in the foot, Skype hasn't had a major update in years and is losing ground to fast-moving newcomers, etc. Depending on what you work on, there's a chance that it simply won't matter or exist in the next few years, which is frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    - Reduce culture of constantly forcing people to work 50-60 hours/week to remain competitive
    - Reduce expectations of management to come up with new initiates / projects that don't need to exist and are just created to pad their commitments


  5. "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.


  6. "Big Dog not the Bad Dog."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Lehi, UT
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Lehi, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing Benefits, Tons of Room for Advancement, Great Compensation, Very Intelligent Co-workers. Fantastic Work life Balance

    Cons

    Large Corp environment (not for everybody). Not all technologies are fun :)


  7. "Big company with big politics"

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    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.

  8. "Software Engineer 2"

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Many opportunities to move around a grow

    Cons

    You need to focus on your job growth


  9. "Love the company and benefits"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. "Services Sales Dirrctor"

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    • 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.


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