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Updated April 28, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Microsoft Has Changed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Account Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Account Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    There are now better companies in the Seattle area.

    Cons

    People don't leave Microsoft they leave bad Managers.

    Advice to Management

    Too much dead weight in middle management


  2. "Contractors"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Local Content Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Local Content Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The campus in Redmond, WA, is nice and has plenty of nice places to eat and to enjoy various activities. The free shuttle bus and taxis are great.

    Cons

    Very disappointed about how things were managed. Managers would changing their mind and would not allow contractors to do their best. There were many time-wasting and last-minute requests. What a poor communication overall!

    Advice to Management

    Set up your mind and try to learn from your employees by listening to them. Do not waste hours in unnecessary meetings. Question yourself if you think the job you are doing is good.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "TPM"

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

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Large organization with vision and senior leadership

    Cons

    No management excellence in lower to mid level management


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  5. "Microsoft's Slippery Slope"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, hands on cool technology, people are overall pretty friendly, and one can do well if you think smart, work really hard, and cozy up to the right leaders. Benefit package is still very good, and work accommodations are very comfortable.

    Cons

    Typically, work life balance is nearly impossible to really achieve, there is little time to breath, and change is non-stop and chaotic. Corporate leadership, starting at the CEO, has been on a 2 - 3 year strategy exchanging loyal, productive, long time employees for overseas labor to cut costs, Steep moral price to pay when 15, 20, 25 year employees with stellar track records are terminated to reduce costs and replaced, in bulk, by overseas labor. Microsoft used to profess that people were its most valuable assets, those days are long gone. It is just another technology grinder now; it has been many years since Microsoft has been a true technology leader.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to your roots related to your employees, or you will drive this once great company into the dirt. Don't be so arrogant to think it can't happen.


  6. "Sr. Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A new Microsoft is emerging - one with a clearer vision and acceptance of doing things that would have been taboo only several years ago.

    Cons

    A highly bureaucratic organization that makes it hard to have ownership and get things done. Highly political.

    While it is evolving and improving as a company, Microsoft is still fairly inward looking. It is not a company that begins by focusing on the perceived needs of customers.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to empower the organization. Perhaps some decision-making can move back into the organization.

    Train management in how to lead and how to develop their talent.

    Increase ability of employees to move within the company and/or work on projects that they care about.


  7. "Not Suggested"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    there is a ton of opportunity and pockets of good people in specific teams that are a real joy to work with.

    Cons

    Shockingly political work environment, limited ability to actually act on opportunities. Large numbers of displaced QA staff that are trying to take on many role with little experience. Ivory tower middle management attitudes

    Advice to Management

    executive management to should take a hard look at the leadership practices at the VP and GM levels and decide is that fits with the strategy they are espousing.


  8. "A lot of politics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good, although not perfect.

    Cons

    Almost everything is about politics which cost a lot of valuable people&time doing useless thing.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on our customer experiences rather than your KPIs.


  9. "Short-term review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is easier than earlier to have a great network which facilitates easy switchovers within the company

    Cons

    The team was mostly myopic in their design decisions, many convoluted design decisions. Manager had poor communication skills and could not handle crises or timecrunch.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent in your decision cycle


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Basting in its former glory"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Benefits
    -Discounts and Perks
    -Shuttles and Connector bus service

    Cons

    -Employees not 'first' as they once were.
    -Motivational events are MUCH smaller than they used to be if held at all.
    -Too many egos makes an annoying work environment.
    -Going toward open offices. Worse than cubicles.
    -Reviews tend to rank employees against one another which creates a culture of non-collaboration.
    -Expectations have risen so high (since Satya took over) that only the 'heroes' that work 70 hours a week and on vacation actually have a chance of meeting them.

    Advice to Management

    -Sincerely work at changing culture.
    ---Do not reward 'hot shots' with big egos. Recognize those that put their nose down and work hard.
    ---Stop the idea of ranking employees against one another. It creates a bad culture. People don't collaborate, they keep information to themselves in order to rank better.
    ---Help people when they need it rather than expecting they can figure anything and everything out on their own. Encourage team members to help each other. Stop rewarding people who do everything on their own and don't help others.
    ---Give up the ghost. There are products that just need to be dropped and have resources moved to the areas that are thriving.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Directionless ship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Alright pay, benefits and worktimes

    Cons

    Directionless ship, the entire company seems to be run by middle managers who don't know what they're doing - leading to separate divisions doing contradictory things.
    UI is designed in powerpoint, the codebase is ancient and nobody understands it, useless features get requested and bugs never get fixed

    Advice to Management

    Consider somebody who isn't a mere salesman to take the helm, but an actual software engineer - this isn't working.


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