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Updated February 21, 2018
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  • Certain groups can have poor work-life balance (in 1124 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great place for a data scientist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Data Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Data Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    With most Microsoft products getting online the amount of data you get to work with is enormous. A lot of low hanging fruit (few people looked at the data before you) means you can generate a lot of impact. Great infrastructure for working with large volumes of data means you spend more time analyzing the data and less worrying about processing it efficiently.

    Cons

    You need to be skilled in corporate politics. Not everyone is bought into being data driven, and ownership issues may get on the way.


  2. "Amazing place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Learning tools is provided to be a successful employee

    Cons

    Work life balance needs improvement

  3. "Intern - Software Developer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice working atmosphere and supportive colleagues

    Cons

    Job responsibilities not wide enough


  4. "Microsoft High School Internship"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Student in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Student in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay! Lots of help among mentors and managers to learn and complete projects on time. So many cool events, hackathons, parties, and swag!

    Cons

    Not much flexibility as far as choosing what team you want to work on.


  5. "Continous Improvement"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Technology leadership and investment in R&D
    - Enhancement of benefits Y/Y, already a solid package
    - Continually improvement in culture led by Satya and his directs

    Cons

    - Cultural changes have not necessarily flowed down to the middle management ranks
    - Internal processes and tools are improving but still behind

    Advice to Management

    - Continue the push on Growth Mindset. It is inspiring and leading the company in the right direction.


  6. "Fantastic company, great leader, terrible middle management"

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    Former Employee - Lead Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Lead Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working at one of the world's best software company teaches you a lot of valuable experience. Great company, great benefits

    Cons

    Salary is not as competitive as some other enterprise business in Seattle area. The worst thing is the middle management. Over the years, they did nothing to improve the middle management and often it is the good employees who get shafted because they are not up there in the corporate ladder. For 3 years straight I was promised management opportunity, and yet, year after year they would come up with all sort of excuses for not happening. I waited 3 years and finally, I had enough.

    Advice to Management

    Frustrated being constantly deceived by management regarding leadership/management role opportunity.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Principal software engineer"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Tons of flexibility, you can move between multiple 1B plus groups. Top-notch people to work with on hard problems. Cutting edge technology. Generally good work life balance.

    Cons

    Certain groups can have poor work-life balance. Company-level decisions are not always clear and understandable (mobile, devices).

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving forward with the One Microsoft and company culture changes. Have clear, evidence based top-level strategy that's communicated early and often.

  8. "PM"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    job security, fairly stable for IC level, company-wise opportunity

    Cons

    work load balance, terrible planning, office politics,


  9. "Microsoft Culture"

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    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with great, smart people. Flexible hours and access to technology. Good benefits. Lots of growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Leadership needs to evolve more. Approach to developing technology is not up to date. While benefits are good, they are changing with employees absorbing more through HSA and co-pays.

    Advice to Management

    Think about your people more and stop playing politics.


  10. "Awesome place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    there are a number of opportunities for all professions at all levels. it is rare to be bored working here.

    Cons

    too many bad managers, complaining (even formally) won't solve it so watch carefully who will you work for BEFORE accepting an offer. If stuck with bad managers you career will be frozen for a while.

    Advice to Management

    stop the micromanagement. stop thinking you know more than everyone else, and even if you do, respect other opinions - heck just listen!!


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