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Updated June 24, 2018
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  1. "Computer Science In Microsoft"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "Microsoft Senior PM"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many different teams and groups to work in. The benefits are great except maybe compared to some of the other big tech companies. The cloud business is going very well.

    Cons

    High cost of living around Seattle. Long commutes. Pay isn't as good as some of their competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for improved compensation without pushing promotions. Too many people are promoted because they likely are looking for better compensation.

  3. "Microsoft is great if you can navigate the corporate culture"

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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

    Company culture and strong mission

    Cons

    need to navigate bureaucracy


  4. "Protection from Bad Managers"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work overall"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is so big and you can move around until you find the right team for you. Your experience at that point really just depends on the team you are in.

    Cons

    On most teams I noticed that there is only one of two ways to get promoted:
    1- advertise yourself as much as you can and blow your own horn
    2- stay on a team long enough that it will look bad if your manager doesn't promote you

    You can't just quietly do your work and work harder in order to get promoted. Unless you ask your manager for a promotion, you won't get one or even be considered for one.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any advice to be honest but this thing wants me to write something anyway.


  6. Helpful (3)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "Amazing place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Rotation Analyst in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Finance Rotation Analyst in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Very smart people
    * Excellent work/life balance
    * Excellent benefits
    *Best on-campus dining/lunch
    * Easy to move across the company
    * Great campus life

    Cons

    Haven't came across any so far..

  8. "Large Company, Great Career Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    - Smart coworkers
    - Competitive compensation
    - Good locations
    - Interesting projects
    - Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Size of the company can make you feel a bit small sometimes.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working with highly talented engineers and give you plenty room to learn from them.

    Cons

    For 5 years, I found no major complaint at all.
    The compensation (salary/bonus) might not be competitive enough with other tech companies.


  10. "Initial"

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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

    Good work and life balance

    Cons

    Remote site where company tends to be Redmond focus


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