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Updated March 27, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great work environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, good work life balance

    Cons

    Too process driven at times, some groups still cling to the 'not-invented-here' mentality.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Developer in test"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, great people. Good benefits, and access to outside sports facilities.

    Cons

    The corporate environment is a bit too rigid. Not always easy to to drive towards interesting projects.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Microsoft is a good place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Work on cutting edge tech

    Takes care of health!

    Good perks like - 3 month parental leave, no dress code

    Broad spectrum of tech teams - to move around & try

    Cons

    All teams are moving towards Services model - so, core engineers will need to be on-call 24/7

    If you perform very well - this company is not for you - performance model is completely flawed - designed only for avg. employee's. True high-performers gets peanuts as perks.

    Advice to Management

    Great direction by Satya!
    Microsoft recently woke up from the long dream it used-to-be-in, after Satya took charge and is steering towards reality. Great Progress!

    Recent past, I was disappointed to see it continuing to produce crap & loose brand value - like - Microsoft Band. And some stunts like Microsoft phone continuum, android app platform on MS phone - fears me - that MS is taking a U Turn back to 2012 times.

    Overall, the employee headcount of many teams at Microsoft Need to shrink more. The ratio of actual employees - to the required number - of many teams is insanely high. Some teams have full-time engineers doing - build work :(.

    Talent retainment needs to improve. Many good developers, who are owning core components are moving out due to poor rewards - these positions are just not replaceable.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Great company and leadership. Great benefits. Smart people.

    Cons

    Overrun with process and policies. Lack of empowerment.

    Advice to Management

    Remove unnecessary process. Empower sellers and associates.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Work/Life Balance is What You Make of It"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You _can_ have a healthy work-life balance.

    Able to ask product teams and get authoritative software and design answers.

    Decent hardware.

    Free soda!

    Cons

    Open-office floor plan is metastasizing across the company.

    You sacrifice career opportunities to maintain work/life balance.

    Limited ability to move between teams. It can be done, but takes a lot of effort.

    Constant reorgs.

    Advice to Management

    If you learned to manage under BillG or SteveB, make sure you're not still using that outdated management-by-intimidation approach.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Program Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn and improve web technologies and Microsoft products

    Cons

    work life balance suffers and expectations to work on weekends

    Advice to Management

    Improve performance review processes


  8. "happy job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - General Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work culture, benefits, compensation, colleagues and work

    Cons

    There is hardly anything microsoft has to be improve upon


  9. "More growth opportunities in non Redmond sites"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Benefits salary environment people inclusion

    Cons

    Upward potential limited for non Redmond employees


  10. "Review1"

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

    Pros

    Very many growth opportunities and job varieties.

    Cons

    Limited work from home opportunities


  11. "Great company but management problems"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor

    Pros

    Good people, work environment, hours.

    Cons

    Change to managed service really damaged team and goals.



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