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Updated November 13, 2017
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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1947 reviews)

  • Working with really smart people who readily share their great insights is a humbling experience where everyone is treated as equals by all employees (in 1682 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1093 reviews)

  • Review system was not the greatest (in 519 reviews)

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  1. "Great pay, benefits, and people"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    * Great time to work here, Satya is a terrific CEO, and the culture is co-operative and rewarding.
    * Great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Despite the enthusiasm for being open to all technologies, most teams are still C# and .NET shops.


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    "Software Developer"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Best Place to work ever.

    Cons

    you work hard everyday, so be prepared

  3. "Explorer Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - MIcrosoft Explorer in Seattle, WA
    Current Intern - MIcrosoft Explorer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern

    Pros

    Incredible experience learned a lot and made incredible friends.

    Cons

    None that I can recall.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  4. "good"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good job, not great pay, had to hustle

    Cons

    no compensation for travel


  5. "Great place to work in Seattle"

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Best benefits in the industry

    Cons

    Gloomy Seattle weather keeps you restrained of outside activity


  6. "Great work life balance"

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    Current Employee - User Experience Researcher in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - User Experience Researcher in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance in the company

    Cons

    Slow promotion and not very good stock award


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    "Loved Microsoft--Hated Culture"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Global Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Global Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay, Perks, most of the people

    Cons

    Review Model and Review Process

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the stack ranking

  8. "Service Engineer2"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best is companies culture and empowering its employees and customers.

    Cons

    Everything is good and you have to climb your own ladder


  9. "Really awesome experience"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, amazing intern perks such as the signature event, etc, great support from mentors and managers, great location

    Cons

    No free food or snacks :( and sometimes you are just placed on a team i.e. you don't get a choice in where you go, which can be disappointing


  10. "Stable environment"

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

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

    Pros

    Relevant brand. Solid benefits. Competitive compensation for market. A solid place to build and grow a career. Opportunity to work on cool technology

    Cons

    Can rot away in teams. Responsible for driving your own career. Politics an bite you if unprepared. It's a large organization and can be hard to stand out


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