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Updated December 13, 2018
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  1. "A good company"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    People, culture, no overtime work

    Cons

    Career development, slow pace etc.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Solutions were band-aids, not authentic. Microsoft does not "run on Trust", as they say."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company, lots of room to move around. Really smart people. Good teamwork is possible.

    Cons

    Not diverse in terms of thinking, ability, gender, race. The culture of the company is quite top-down as opposed to networked and empowered. Success can be dependent on one's relationship to their manager, as opposed to a multi-pronged performance system that considers teamwork, output, and learning... as the company touts.

    Advice to Management

    Change doesn't happen top down. It has to be top down and bottom up and sideways - it has to be real and something believed at the heart of the company. For product success long term, true diversity of all kinds needs to be required because everyone understands the value of diverse perspectives and seeks to have their work challenged to make it great. Instead, Microsoft has normalized a culture consisting mainly of white men and people from China and India. Nothing wrong with these places, but anytime there are disproportionate groups and they hold the power, diversity doesn't happen and therefore whatever is "normal" goes unchallenged. The world consists of people beyond the privileged classes who work at Microsoft, but often when we show up to work at this company, we are pushed out for being different than the norms set by these groups.

  3. "Engineering Mgr Comp and Benefits"

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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

    1. Interesting work
    2. Ability to change teams
    3. Good Benefits

    Cons

    1. Some teams, growth is a problem


  4. "Solid comfortable place to work, positive culture, surrounded by high-achievers."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Respect for the individual, constant stressing of core cultural values of letting everyone be heard, etc. Decent work/life balance, though it's hugely dependent on the individual to enforce. Individuals are encouraged to engage with managers at any level (for example with your manager's manager's manager...). There's a general high-level of passion for the products we make.

    Cons

    Loose on process, heavy on PM's to compensate. Compensation is middle-of-the-pack. And we're still compensated on a curve, even if the compensation policy claims there's no ranking.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful with forced distribution of compensation. Given the concentration of talent, the person near the bottom is still an excellent contributor and you'd hate to lose that person.


  5. "Sr. Director"

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Innovator, market leader with a clear focus

    Cons

    Complex/matrixed organization requires patience for orientation and alignment

    Advice to Management

    Transparent goal setting for all tiers of management.


  6. "good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than a year)

    Pros

    good management in the field

    Cons

    bad stress load on the field

    Advice to Management

    treat your employees as humans


  7. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Great company, benefits, opportunities for personal growth

    Cons

    Dynamics silo of product development

  8. "Great Culture"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has really change its culture and is very innovative now.

    Cons

    Pays a little less than other industry leaders


  9. "Director"

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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

    Diversity of opportunities, compensation and benefits, donations and giving, stance against Trump's discriminatory policies.

    Cons

    Combative culture (getting better), if bad manager - you're screwed or need to move.

    Advice to Management

    Keeping pushing collaboration down the organization. Exec leadership is inspiring, not so much the farther down you go in many orgs.


  10. "Enjoyable work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work is often enjoyable. Great side perks like backup childcare and fairly happy team.

    Cons

    Can be frustrating to deal with the politics and bureaucracy.