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Updated June 22, 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Microsoft Culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Researcher in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Researcher in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is a pure meritocracy. Results drive success. If you are result-driven, you will fit in and do well.

    Cons

    The company tends to spin up several projects when a new hot area comes along. The internal competition for success can get messy.


  2. "Great Company in Transformation"

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of new things to work on.
    Flexibility in teams if you want to try something new.

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic at times.

  3. "Secure"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent work/life balance, pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Difficult to move on to other opportunities at senior level. Political and not very innovative.


  4. "Use to be fun. Now too political"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some very smart people. People are friendly, and generally want to help. Lots to learn at first, but does saturate.

    Cons

    Lots of lazy people here that get a head by doing non-technical work as engineers. Upwards movement sometimes is not about talent, but about tenure. Can drive young talent away that believe their talents are not being valued.

    Advice to Management

    Reset the culture. Better pay. MS is severely lacking in stock refreshers, and are losing so much talent because of disparity of pay.


  5. "I worked here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Good people I guess.

    Cons

    Some people sucked I guess


  6. "Software Engineer"

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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

    Pros

    Amazing Company 10/10 would recommend

    Cons

    I have no cons for Microsoft.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  7. "Computer Science In Microsoft"

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    Current Employee - Aerospace Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Aerospace Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I am very on task with my work and hand in my work early, I also perform my info in a very detailed and in-depth manner

    Cons

    not having many rights as the other companies

    Advice to Management

    always stay positive and don't look at the things you haven't done look at the things you have done

  8. "After 5 years, in a less glamorous position."

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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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance,
    Great direct managers.
    Mostly interesting work.

    Cons

    Cross-team collaboration is still an ongoing battle most of the time.

    Advice to Management

    It seems that Microsoft as a corporation is less likely now to promote from within the teams, more people with fewer skills and credentials are dropped in from external companies to provide new insights into existing products. That quickly alienates existing developers.


  9. "Protection from Bad Managers"

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    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 8 years)

    Pros

    Love the Innovation, loved the clients, love the community giving, Generally a great company to work for

    Cons

    HR do not protect staff from bad managers

    Advice to Management

    Support the employee as much as the Manager


  10. Helpful (3)

    "An excellent place to work but some teams can get too political"

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

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

    Pros

    * Very smart people
    * Excellent work/life balance
    * Excellent benefits
    * Easy to move across the company
    * Great campus life

    Cons

    * Some teams have too much politics, often against best interests of the company
    * Many teams prefer to reinvent the wheel (i.e. the "not invented here" syndrome)
    * Promotions are often based on personal connections with managers rather than work
    * Mediocre dining choices on campus

    Advice to Management

    Please consider Google's model for promotion, where the promotion committee members do not personally know the candidate and base their decision on facts rather than on personal relationships and politics.


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