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Updated November 17, 2018
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  • "Certain groups can have poor work-life balance" (in 1185 reviews)

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  1. "Great Culture"

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    • Culture & Values
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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

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

    Cons

    Pays a little less than other industry leaders


  2. "It's great."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support Escalation Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Support Escalation Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    With any company this size, it's going to depend on your department and management. I've been here 4 years, and we're given all of the tools and flexibility needed to do our jobs well. Pay and benefits are definition top of market. Cool perks/parties/etc. Great company to work for.

    Cons

    There is a lot of pressure, but that again will depend on management. Probably not best for people who want to coast into retirement.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Contract Customer Success Manager at Microsoft"

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

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is an amazing company - I was fortunate enough to visit the Seattle campus, Building 92. heard Satya speak live. Also visited the UK campus for FY18 readiness training - incredible experience. Brilliant coworkers, excellent managers, cool tech.

    Cons

    The reality of this situation is when you are a contractor, you are not treated the same as FTEs. Contractors are considered "second class" and do not get the same treatment as FTEs. Irrespective of how successful you may be or your potential, the reality is Managers focus their time and grooming on FTEs.

    Advice to Management

    Have a succession plan for contractors up front. Had I known our entire contractor team was going to be dismissed less than 90 days after accepting a position, with the intention of going Full Time, I would not have taken the chance on Microsoft. This has set my job search back a full six months and I lost good opportunities because I accepted what was to end up a very temporary position as a contract CSM.


  4. "Senior Software Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Great company things have changed with the new CEO

    Cons

    Big company with big company politics.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the same thing


  5. "Program Manager Intern"

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

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There was growth mindset ,Inclusion and a great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Hierarchical Culture that is difficult to work with as a new hire.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "microsoft"

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

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

    Pros

    prestigious job, good working environment, company culture supportive of the individual working for them

    Cons

    internal competition, too many reorgs, some systems have bad support, incompetence of some workers

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the reorgs.


  7. "Project Managing"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Seattle, WA
    Current Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work with.

    Cons

    None at the moment so far.

  8. "Better to be an FTE"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Business Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Business Systems Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay for the position, looks good on the resume, and you get really good experience. Lots of work from home opportunities.

    Cons

    As a contractor, be prepared to have FTE's treat you nicely in meetings and ignore you in the hallway. No chance for pay raises, and mandatory 6 months off unless your are on a managed service. Benefits are bad since you're getting them from your recruiting agency.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of vendors and contractors, just hire people.


  9. "software engineer"

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work environment. Challenging work.

    Cons

    Long hours. Too much beuracracy

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. "A good choice for internship"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Seattle, WA
    Current Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good work life balance, diverse and inclusive

    Cons

    have to use Windows lol


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