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Updated January 19, 2018
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Pros
  • Generally good work life balance (in 1982 reviews)

  • Working with really smart people who readily share their great insights is a humbling experience where everyone is treated as equals by all employees (in 1699 reviews)

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  1. "Current employee"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Good technology oriented environment
    Scope to learn latest technology

    Cons

    Overall no major long term projects


  2. "Factory Repair Manager"

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    Former Employee - Factory Repair Manager in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Factory Repair Manager in Wilsonville, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great salary, benefits, and culture

    Cons

    There were times when it was harder than it should be to find the right owner for decisions regarding processes that crossed organizational boundaries. There was also many times where decisions were made that impacted my specific job and/or area of the company that didn't seem logical or make good business sense.

    Advice to Management

    Adjust the organizational structure to improve focus and accountability in each business segment and be wary of corporate policies and processes that artificially create unnecessary operational inefficiencies and costs.

  3. "Support engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Pay is good for someone like me without educational background or much experience

    Cons

    Stressful, working through holidays, high turnover in role

    Advice to Management

    Hire enough support engineers and don’t micromanage


  4. "too big"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    big company benefits and ok salary

    Cons

    big company bureaucracy and lots of busy work.


  5. "Still plagued by normal retail pitfalls"

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    Former Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Newark, DE
    Former Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Newark, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company provides stability. Benefits were decent. Pay was alright.

    Cons

    Management had no oversight, Poor approach to feedback where they silence any suggestions due to "being negative" corporate wide.

    Advice to Management

    Try to break from standard retail pitfalls. Value negative feedback as much as positive feedback and understand it has a place.


  6. "network engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    leading technology, cutting edge technology

    Cons

    poor leadership, politics, out of work relations are important to grow


  7. "it's ok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    work life balance, good benefit

    Cons

    dont expect too much pay

  8. "SDET"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Sponsor green card application for H1 holders

    Cons

    Frequent re-organizations through out the company

    Advice to Management

    Clear vision


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Challenging work with smart coworkers but emphasis on soft skills and politics at senior level"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good rewards if career driven and good at communicating visibility. Flexible time especially if you can deliver output with quality on schedule. Good middle manager can make the experience good and shields you from political randomization.

    Cons

    overemphasis on communication and politics and easy to burnout if poor at estimating/committing. Even though abolished in name, 6 month reviews still use old stack ranking in 2017 across peers and sister teams at your band level. internal engineering infrastructure is klunky and subpar compared to industry open source. Too much use of slow/buggy internal proprietary tooling. Tech stack is too much microsoft-built proprietary half-baked, buggy. zero/horrible documentation and too much reliance on email distribution list support for any layer of the stack. Your experience is a function of ability of manager and the team culture. Top contributors can get slighted by average/subpar devs during review time based on politics.

    Advice to Management

    Get HR to truly abolish stack ranking and embrace industry standards and tech stacks internally instead of bolting those on to give the appearance that microsoft supports open source platforms and is not the negative and fierce environment with peers that it is.


  10. "Ambitious growth, but at what cost"

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

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

    Pros

    - Great benefits
    - Exciting atmosphere

    Cons

    - In some teams, how much you brown-nose means more than how good of a job you do
    - If not in sales, comp can be heavily weighed on how much you are liked, bonus amounts not guaranteed
    - Raises very small

    Advice to Management

    Stop expecting people to take on 2x or 3x workload to cut personnel costs


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