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Updated September 19, 2018
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  • "Certain groups can have poor work-life balance" (in 1166 reviews)

  • "Outdated review system which is anything but fair" (in 526 reviews)

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  1. "Technical Solution Professional is the best job at Microsoft"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Azure TSP in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Azure TSP in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent flexibility, direct contact with the Product Groups. You get to work with customers and share success. Tons of opportunity for learning. I love this job because I get to stay technical but also work with our innovative customers.

    Also, benefits are really good. 401K match is terrific. Time off. Work / life balance. Salary and benefits are really great for the TSP as well (you get both RBI and CBI, which is outstanding). Stock awards too. You have lots of opportunity to be very well compensated if you deliver results.

    Cons

    You are expected to deliver results. This is not a con, really, but you cannot ride your past successes. Deliver results and get rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Higher stock awards would be nice.


  2. "Good Group"

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

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

    Pros

    mission oriented, open to new ideas within limits, friendly

    Cons

    inflexible deadlines and
    tedious SQL query writing

    Advice to Management

    pay for over hours work

  3. "Good place to work overall"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Smart engineers, many interesting work options

    Cons

    Slow moving, , suffers from not-invented-here syndrome


  4. Helpful (1)

    "One of the best companies on the rebound"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are some of the best out there. Moreover, the stock has been steadily going up.

    Cons

    As a big company, it's hard to get recognized and stand out.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Digital Marketing Manager"

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pivot from Balmer to Nadella with huge upside in the Cloud business.

    Cons

    A little to focused on molding the perfect HR ratios of an idealized demographics vs. just having the best people for the any team.


  6. "Love the Company Culture from Satya"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    satya is a great leader with strong values. he truly is trying to make the company a fantastic place to work and is investing in the right areas to continue leadership in cloud computing

    Cons

    field leadership and culture can be very political.

    Advice to Management

    take a hard look to make sure you are creating an inclusive culture where everyone can do their best work.


  7. "Intern Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company culture. Truly encourages you to learn.

    Cons

    Most jobs will be in Redmond, Washington.

  8. "Explorer Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Enriching, diverse set of people, growth opportunities

    Cons

    Hard to leave, easy to get comfortable


  9. "You can have a long time career here"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineering Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineering Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is revitalized and reinventing itself. Open to new ideas, looking for customers where they are, moving away from "everything Windows" mentality.

    Cons

    Old thinking still lingers in some teams and is hard to change. The company is still not nimble enough to take advantage of new trends and is missing on some big opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Push to reduce the management layers across the company.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Microsoft is over-compensating for diversity"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company, lots of opportunity to work on various things.

    Cons

    Not a great place to work if you are a non-minority male (including Asians as they are not considered minority). Managers are hinted to hire diversity candidates over talented non-diversity candidates.

    Advice to Management

    Don't reduce the hiring bar for diversity candidates. Also don't reduce the promotion bar for diversity candidates, that just is unfair to the other folks in the team who are working hard and many times pick up the slack from the unskilled diversity hire.


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