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Updated February 14, 2019
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  • "Work-life balance can be a challenge" (in 1197 reviews)

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  1. "Great place!!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Rotation Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Finance Rotation Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing community and fun culture

    Cons

    Lots of people so you can get lost

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  2. "Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, helpful and supportive environments

    Cons

    Sometimes workload could be an issue

    Advice to Management

    Not sure

  3. "Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, solid work environment.

    Cons

    High expectations with minimal guidence


  4. "Stable company with stable job"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company who cares for employees

    Cons

    Too big to be agile and ship in fast manner.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Disconnected Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The direction and vision for the company are strong and I fully believe in CEO Satya Nadella's direction for the company. He's made great improvements in the top leader ranks on culture change. As a 12-year employee of Microsoft I've seen lots of change and I think the company is going in the best direction. However, the new vision/direction and improvements are not consistent in all divisions/functions.

    Cons

    Certain businesses like Cloud + Enterprise and business functions like Marketing are highly dysfunctional. Middle management does not align to the company values the top leaders are driving. The top leaders leave it to middle management to execute on that vision but it's done poorly at the expense of the individual contributors that are abused and threatened by poorly equipped managers.

    Advice to Management

    Top leadership should review their middle management ranks and put more management excellence control/training and policies in place otherwise the company risks losing great talent.


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Former Contractor - Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing people, good employee experience.

    Cons

    I did not spend enough time there to comment


  7. "Microsoft Ventures accelerator"

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    Former Freelancer - Startup Founder in Seattle, WA
    Former Freelancer - Startup Founder in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing resources from different Microsoft departments available to startups in the program. Friendly and smart Microsoft team members.

    Cons

    It's a huge organization, so it takes a while to get a handle for how they operate.

    Advice to Management

    First week, take us to HQ, explain better how Microsoft operates and how we can leverage their resources.

  8. "Awesome place to work"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great place to learn and grow

    Cons

    nothing that I can think off

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, Benefits, Company Wide culture

    Cons

    Team culture might not be aligned with company-wide culture


  10. "Great Culture"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has really change its culture and is very innovative now.

    Cons

    Pays a little less than other industry leaders


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