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Updated July 21, 2017
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  1. "Microsoft the second time around."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to move to different groups when a project finishes up. This was my second go around with Microsoft.

    Cons

    The traffic into work in Bellevue was the worst. Sometimes it would take 2 hours from Woodinville to Bellevue

    Advice to Management

    What is the next path to success for the company besides Windows & Office.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Needs more focus on customer, not internal processes."

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    Former Employee - Sales Planner in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Planner in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is full of some of the smartest people I've ever worked with. GREAT benefits.

    Cons

    More energy was spent making product improvements to help the back-end engineers than for the product and/or customer experience.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the external customer. Products are made for them. Stop putting your employees in level "buckets." Competition should be against our external competitors, not each other. Do better to integrate and appreciate employees from acquired companies - there's a reason you paid so much for them.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "15 year run"

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    Former Employee - Group Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Group Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to begin career

    Cons

    Not a great place to grow unless you are at HQ Redmond, and even then, hyper hyper competitive and people steal/take credit from one another. Very poor cross-teaming culture.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to distribute management and take advantage of great talent living everywhere other than Redmond/Seattle


  4. "Ballmer was a Headache"

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    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.


  5. "Services at Microsoft"

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    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.


  6. "Great benefits"

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    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


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

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    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!

  8. "Business Administrator"

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    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


  9. "Lack of focus"

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    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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Program Manager"

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    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


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