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Updated June 21, 2017
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  1. "Ballmer was a Headache"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Design Engineer (SDE) in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Design Engineer (SDE) in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great teams and people.
    There were some orgs that had more politics than others.
    People are open to discussion and culture is pretty good.

    Cons

    If you're passionate and talented, you might very likely be over used and over worked to the point of work out (my lead drove me out).

    Advice to Management

    The reason 10x-ers leave is too much grunt work put on them. Dig through people's productivity to drive out those that are milking their jobs and covering their lack of work with fake and bloated work items.


  2. "Services at Microsoft"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Solution Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Solution Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good structure and stability, pay is great.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership in services.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what you want to do and communicate it.

  3. "Great benefits"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Best in the industry, sharing encouraged.

    Cons

    idiots didn't understand how good they had it and demanded change


  4. "First seven years were great. Last several years were toxic."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Group Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Group Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stock awards were good. Good professional training classes. Met some really smart colleagues in the time at Msft. Developed processes.

    Cons

    Too many hours worked. Perf reviews were a joke - so political and unfair. Leadership messaged too much integrity to get promoted - it was terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more women!


  5. "Business Administrator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Administrator in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Business Administrator in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule (but depends on the team/workload), downtime

    Cons

    Drama and favoritism in the admin community


  6. "Lack of focus"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and family friendly culture. Location in Redmond is great for kids education.

    Cons

    Management is not focussed in hardware and tries to do too many things at the same time.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a fewer things to focus on


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    "Program Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    work life balance, flexible work hours

    Cons

    politics, slow pace of innovation, frustrating processes, open space rooms

  8. "Software Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and good job security. Better work life balance than most startups.

    Cons

    Tech stacks are mostly outdated and not in par with the open source community. If you decide to move to another company later, then there could be sharp learning curves.

    Advice to Management

    Good vision and plan execution power is key to the continuing success of Microsoft.


  9. "Change comes slowly to the behemoth."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineering Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineering Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, job security and some wonderful people

    Cons

    Very limited ability to actually make an impact. Satya has been doing great work to improve the culture but so much of the upper management is made up of ancient Microsoft people that the culture is incredibly slow to change and the company is slow to respond to technology changes, particularly as compared to open source. There are some bright spots where change is taking hold.

    Advice to Management

    More new blood at the top, particularly with experience in how the internet platform is evolving through open source projects.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "it was a "meh"experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Copywriter in Redmond, WA
    Current Contractor - Copywriter in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    lots of free food
    some teams let you work on your own schedule and work from home
    lots of team building
    looks really good on your resume because of the whole Wizard of Oz syndrome

    Cons

    lack of communication between teams is a major issue
    contractors are essential to the foundation of the company, but have little to no say in what happens day to day
    inflated male egos are a HUGE problem. they're not curing cancer, but they think they have save 10 million babies from death.

    Advice to Management

    value contractors and contractors will value you


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