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Updated April 22, 2017
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  • work life balance is a bit of an issue (in 987 reviews)

  • Review system was not the greatest (in 510 reviews)

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  1. "Lead Game Designer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free stuff, big franchises, nice office, big company

    Cons

    Producers, meetings, failing upward managers and leaders


  2. "Change comes slowly to the behemoth."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineering Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineering Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, job security and some wonderful people

    Cons

    Very limited ability to actually make an impact. Satya has been doing great work to improve the culture but so much of the upper management is made up of ancient Microsoft people that the culture is incredibly slow to change and the company is slow to respond to technology changes, particularly as compared to open source. There are some bright spots where change is taking hold.

    Advice to Management

    More new blood at the top, particularly with experience in how the internet platform is evolving through open source projects.


  3. "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Escalation Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Escalation Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Satya is turning this company around in huge ways. Proud to be a Microsoftian!

    Cons

    No more water bottles, only a water machine


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    "Program Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and good job security. Better work life balance than most startups.

    Cons

    Tech stacks are mostly outdated and not in par with the open source community. If you decide to move to another company later, then there could be sharp learning curves.

    Advice to Management

    Good vision and plan execution power is key to the continuing success of Microsoft.


  7. "Academic Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Academic Account Executive in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Academic Account Executive in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a great company to work for. Great people and benefits.

    Cons

    Because the company is so large sometimes it is difficult to achieve small things.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "not like it used to be"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Build Engineer in Fargo, ND
    Former Employee - Senior Build Engineer in Fargo, ND
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft was a great company and the options for growth are big. Or so they were.

    Cons

    No loyalty to employees. At the end of the day it didn't matter how well I did or how long I was with the company they let you go without so much as a good bye. After 23 years and I had just gotten a great review.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees you are letting a lot of talent just walk out the door.


  9. "Support"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than a year)

    Pros

    good free low pressure small

    Cons

    less money salary not good

    Advice to Management

    no


  10. "So far it's been good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits for whole family. Excellent office environment. Great learning

    Cons

    Salaries are not competitive. Recently they have been laying off people and cutting down.


  11. "Love the place and they take care of you"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very competitive and good salary

    Cons

    The company has too many employees. They can cut 40% of their staff and still do good.

    Advice to Management

    No advice as of now



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