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Updated August 19, 2017
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  1. "A mixed bag"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You can get to work on some really cutting edge software and hardware (Enterprise related mainly). It helps you build a strong resume and you can attend a lot of additional training that doesn't have to relate to your current position.

    Cons

    Work life balance varies widely, if you want to work on new tech expect to work a lot. Some managers are really good and interested in your career, others are only in it for themselves. It also can be hard to move to other groups, you have to interview just like an outside candidate which is odd.

    Advice to Management

    Get someone to act as an ombudsman for employees that end up in bad situations due to things like re-orgs.


  2. "Program Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Smart people to work with and learn from

    Cons

    Politics, Slow to respond to change

  3. "Quick Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many technical opportunities. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Frequent reorganizations make long-term projects difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Worry less about official roles and titles and give greater freedom to individuals.


  4. "Engieering Program Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Awesome Benefits
    Work Life Balance
    Growth Opportunities
    Compensation
    Bonus/Stock Options

    Cons

    Process Driven
    Management sometimes take too long to make decisions


  5. "Title"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good pay, great benefits.

    Cons

    Poor middle & upper management.


  6. "Need more organization at the mid level management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Redmond, WA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    lots of opportunities to learn and grow and many places to shine. There are many diverse teams and you can find work that you will enjoy doing even if its contract work. Lots of contract opportunities as it seems that the bulk of the actual work gets done by contractors

    Cons

    constant re-organization and inability for continuity means that they reinvent the wheel a lot and loose valuable intelligence and expertise with the shuffling around. New policies are strict about letting FTE people work remotely and limit roles for many people who have worked remotely for a long time at Microsoft to continue to do so and are now requiring them to hire out of Redmond.

    Advice to Management

    Keep and value your talent and allow for flexible working environments even if that means that you hire offsite FTE roles. Stop re-arranging roles and orgs just for the sake of it and encourage continuity and growth and quality in what everyone does, not just mediocrity.


  7. "Operations at Microsoft"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Program Manager
    Former Employee - Operations Program Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast-paced, exciting place to work, interesting and challenging work, never gets boring, highly educated and skilled colleagues, strong compensation and good benefits. Company is moving in the right direction.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs - more than in previous years, lack of clear strategy, unwillingness to commit to investing in automation of manual processes, chasing the next shiny thing rather than sticking to a strategy, used to be a place where you could grow your career now it's a place you are fighting just to hold on to your job. Work-life balance is poor.

    Advice to Management

    Create a defined strategy, build a plan to realize it, and then stick to the plan. Don't chase so many shiny objects. Find an org structure that makes sense and stick with it long enough to allow it to reap benefits. Stop the constant reorgs.

  8. "Ever Changing"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of different teams, makes for lots of mini-companies within the company. Varied positions and opportunities to change roles, or change career focus.

    Cons

    Constant re-orgs. Very tough to continue the momentum or even get further groundswell. Once you think that there is traction, the company or team does another reorg and priorities are shifted, responsibilities changed and you start all over again. The challenge with that is now what you did before no longer exists.

    Advice to Management

    Set a 3 year plan across the business divisions. Think visionary - not what is at the tip of the nose - by being big and bold - this should eliminate the constant churn. I am on my 5th reorg in 6 months!


  9. "Microsoft Makes Changes"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Premier Field Engineer
    Current Employee - Premier Field Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Many, many resources are available on everything Microsoft

    Cons

    In my position, travel requirements are increasing dramatically

    Advice to Management

    Work on current services delivery framework, slow sustained growth is better than popcorn growth !!


  10. "Fairly interesting work, old, homegrown internal tools/stacks, average pay."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexible time and ownership of features.
    Many technologies and teams to work on. Something for everyone.
    Better than average pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Just average industry compensation. Implicit stack ranking leftover from old management. Too many middle managers and politics. Still stuck internally using mostly proprietary tools and technologies instead of industry standards and open source.

    Advice to Management

    Stronger emphasis and facilitate use of open source internally and encourage use of concepts and tools outside of Microsoft. Reduce middle management.


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