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Updated May 27, 2017
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  1. "Could be better than this."

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Able to work on various projects.

    Cons

    internal employee feedback(mspoll) is just useless. Hard to make voice due to internal politics and so on.

    Advice to Management

    Windows team doesn't not doing good job any longer. Company strategy for Windows should be changed.


  2. "Admin"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed the working atmosphere.

    Cons

    There was too much red tape.


  3. "SharePoint Administrator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - SharePoint Administrator in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - SharePoint Administrator in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I was given full autonomy to run one of Microsoft's largest SharePoint farms serving a global community.
    I found my peers easy to connect with when I needed support outside my area of expertise which was extremely helpful during difficult escalated incidents.
    I was able to work from home as a contract worker and able to go on campus to sync up with my direct report and other people as needed.
    I came from the SMB market working for 10 years as a self-employed IT pro. I did not expect to like MS as much as I did.

    Cons

    Getting booted out of my job and being replaced by offshore tech companies really made me disgusted at Microsoft. Most of my peers who were FTEs were sick and tired of the way Microsoft began to run things. It is not longer an American company in my mind. They are now an Indian company based in Redmond.
    Mind you, I get along great and love working with my Indian counterparts but they work for so much less money that it is hard to compete with them in the job market. Not their fault. We could live on less money and be more competitive but that is a mindset that management does not see.
    The final comment is on the insane hours you put in as an FTE and often as a contract worker. It gets just ridiculous and frankly very unhealthy to work 80 hours a week at full speed under intense stress. Walk around campus with health and longevity in mind and you will see a generation of greedy little techs who are prostituting their integrity to MS all the while throwing away their health and happiness outside of work.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pretending to be an American company and help people understand what the global job market is about and how to compete in it. You could begin helping your American workers learn how to scale back their lives financially so they can be more competitive with global wage earners who come to America. Teach them how to live on less, spend less and be more competitive in the process.


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  5. "Fast paced, challenging, little work life balance."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Business Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits. Good exposure to competitive environment and coworkers are generally good to work with. Cafeteria on site.

    Cons

    Little work life balance. Hours unpredictable. Stressful. Managements demands on employees are out of touch with reality. Very little bandwidth for extra projects yet that is how you are measured for bonuses

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people


  6. "Big corporation, can be nepotistic"

    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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    big company with ample potential and opportunity

    Cons

    The culture is a little old school (for a tech company) and some of the leadership has been around the company for too long


  7. "Not a bad company overall"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Service Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Service Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits for the whole family

    Cons

    No budget for employee training. Employees must learn and keep up with new technology on their own and on their own time. Many job descriptions include "We need somebody who can hit the ground running", or somebody who is a "Self starter", which basically means that there is no help available and we don't have the time or patience to train you .....

    Advice to Management

    Encourage employees to be able to move around within Microsoft so that they can have a healthy career and continue to learn. They can facilitate this by actively giving them training to go from one job to the other. People should be encouraged to be able to show and share their job aspirations with their fellow coworkers and managers and not have to hide such aspirations, especially from their managers (which is the current culture).


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Microsoft became non American company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, good training opportunities if you in the right team

    Cons

    Too many employees, FTEs and contractors, are from India and too many Microsoft jobs in India. Very poor and artificial diversity.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring non-USA citizens, primarily from India and start hiring back all American workers who were intentionally laid off.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "EPG Alliance Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Founder and Chief Executive Officer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Founder and Chief Executive Officer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation, great learning environment, lots of support.

    Cons

    Highly political, low work life balance, annual performance stack ranking, constant changes in management, goals and reorganization. Massive on going CPE required. Constant travel, work over weekends and holidays.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the old days of hiring innovative highly motivated people, empower them and have performance based on teamwork.


  10. "Know the culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Networking is fundamental to getting traction, you dictate your success by understanding how the firm goes to market

    Cons

    If your message is not timed and targeted at the right person certain people go out of their way to mark you down

    Advice to Management

    keep working on cuture


  11. "software engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    smart people around. lot of learning

    Cons

    not much growth in some teams and not good people managers


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