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Updated June 22, 2017
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  1. "Microsoft"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    they see the importance of AI and Cloud Intelligence

    Cons

    leftover bureaucratic thinking from the 90s

    Advice to Management

    let your people drive. inspire. take more risks. less process. act with passion and purpose.


  2. "A loving company"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Her social support for NPO, innovative products like Hololens, work life balance, great people and managers, the annual hackathon is a good start if you want to help make the world a better place.

    Cons

    -Constant organization restructuring,
    -gradually changing to open space instead of having your own office,
    -no free food,
    -those soda drinks should be replaced with more healthy ones

    Advice to Management

    Take care of their employees career during reorganizing the team/division structures by considering their career path and development plan versus only their past work projects

  3. "Executive Assistant"

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

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    At times the atmosphere is too political.


  4. "Product Advisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Microsoft part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible schedules for college students and free stuff.

    Cons

    High turn around and managers have favorites

    Advice to Management

    Please do your best to retain the best


  5. "Microsoft Data Scientist Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Data Scientist in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Data Scientist in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great exposure to different technology , open culture, free reign to follow what you like to do and are passionate about

    Cons

    slow paced, managers are not customer obsessed, too many reorgs within the company

    Advice to Management

    be more customer obsessed


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Program Manager Evangelist"

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

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

    Pros

    Great company, great benefits, great leadership

    Cons

    If you get a bad manager, your life can be miserable

    Advice to Management

    Focus on EQ for managers


  7. "Software Development Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are so many talents, people learn from each other everyday.
    Best place to learn Microsoft technology and stack like .net, c#.

    Cons

    Too much politic things, make work effectiveness really down.
    Cannot focus on work unless you have a good manager.
    too many re-org.

  8. "Review of working at MSFT for 10 years"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Specialist in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Operations Specialist in Hartford, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very positive environment of working to help each other, grow together and build upon other's learnings and experiences. Benefits are good (not as good as they were prior to the Affordable Healthcare Act) but will stand up against other employers. Strong focus on diversity and a healthy work life balance. Also embraces remote employees (in most departments). Not known for large yearly raises.

    Cons

    High expectations of what a manageable work load actually is. There is no such thing as a 40 hour week at MSFT. If you want to stay employed and even get ahead, you need to work very hard - doing your day to day job well is not good enough. Company is also slow to move and many times gets in its own way or progress and moving deals forward.

    Advice to Management

    Take more risks and invest in your employees. They love working there - love them back with better rewards (compensation), embracing the remote employee and more 'perks'; for example free phones, surfaces, days off, etc.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great benefits and co-workers, but bad upper-management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are tremendous (very hard to find anywhere else), and if you're ambitious enough, there is unlimited opportunity. They're also great, if you need time off to take care of yourself and/or your family.

    Cons

    They want nothing but ambitious leaders. Being a solid performer is not enough. The longer you're there, the bigger the bulls eye is on your back. Every year, they get rid of the "bottom 5%" of the employees, no matter how well they perform. It's a bad model. Also, training has become almost non-existent, so most of the time you're on your own to train yourself, on top of all of the many other demands on your time. It's a very high stress environment.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the "getting rid of the bottom 5%" model. Microsoft needs not just leaders, but also solid performers.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "great place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Big Data Architect in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Big Data Architect in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, people, package , roles

    Cons

    Big company processes, keep it simple, sorted out expenses claims it slows us down

    Advice to Management

    stay the course - your strategy is the best in the industry


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