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Updated February 12, 2018
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  • Certain groups can have poor work-life balance (in 1120 reviews)

  • Mid level management, review system (in 522 reviews)

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  1. "It was great until they divested this part of their business"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Outstanding comp, benefits, and stock sharing. Yearly Stock awards that vest over 5 years are a great way to retain top talent. Other tech companies should take note...

    Cons

    Things can become bureaucratic and you can get lost if you're not a self starter and able to influence others for your cause. Rating system was overly reliant on goal commitments made early on in the review cycle.

    Advice to Management

    Basing salary merit increases on ones commitments without constantly seeing if those are in line with current business strategy can motivate in the wrong direction.


  2. "Great work Bad Management"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work, smart people to work with, market rate for pay

    Cons

    Stack ranking, politics, promoting friends

    Advice to Management

    Please remove stack ranking. You get nothing by rating people 85-90-95. You force people to move out and kill team work.

  3. "Endless opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Azure in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Azure in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is as relevant as it was in the late 80's 90's through to the 00's, infact much more so now integrating the Office suite into cloud computing, artificial intelligence and embracing the term 'open source' something Steve Ballmer could never do and almost ran the company into the ground. Ample career opportunities, multicultural environment. Management not always available but that is because they are preoccupied so It is understandable.

    Cons

    Only Downside was it was temporary, wouldn't hesitate to go back for one second.

    Advice to Management

    Can't think of any


  4. "An overall great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, great tools for learning systems, overall company culture

    Cons

    Direct management was disorganized, room for growth difficult due to its current career paths, work/life balance is poor, with such a large organize can be difficult to grow and be heard

    Advice to Management

    Please try to understand the teams who serve you and attempt to at least learn some of the software and tools available instead of jumping to conclusions.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunities and competitive compensation"

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    Current Employee - Services Advisor in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Services Advisor in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many different ways to provide impact and do the work you love

    Cons

    They don't open up as many stores as they used to, so there is a lot of competition for higher roles. Fortunately if you are open to relocation, there are many opportunities at other stores and even in Redmond.


  6. "Amazing company to work for and a company with great values"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge Technology
    Global products and services
    Smart and good people

    Cons

    Process heavy
    Too many steps involved in releasing stuff

    Advice to Management

    Increase agility and reduce the compliance process


  7. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learning
    Good team to work with
    High impact
    Work life balance

    Cons

    Bad managers
    24/7 on call duties

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is one of a kind with all the benefits you are getting.

    Cons

    Stock is not an important piece in compensation, in house software, old practises


  9. "Hardware Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance and cool projects

    Cons

    Salary slightly lower then software jobs


  10. "Mechanical Engineering Internship"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, very cool products

    Cons

    Work can be unstructured


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