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Updated March 1, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1025)

    "Thoughts after 10 years...."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    1. If you love tech, this is a great place. No doubt you'll talk tech (mostly the MSFT stack) from enterprise to consumer - from PCs to phones to Xboxes - from datacenter to desktop.

    2. What were GREAT benefits are now VERY GOOD (took a small step down) but still probably better than you'll find at 99% of large corporations. If you've got family - the value of the benefits is even higher. 401k match is nice.

    3. Even with it's struggles MSFT is still a cash printing machine. This means if you can keep your nose clean and do reasonable work, you can have a stable job, pay your bills, feed your family, and not worry (too much) about layoffs. The stock you own likely won't tank, but probably won't go up much either. You'll get a bonus each year and some stock. It's a decent life if you aren't looking to light the world on fire.

    Cons

    Brand on Your Resume: After many years of losing market share and struggling to be at the front end of innovation and the fact that there's 90,000 employees, don't think MSFT is necessarily going to be attractive on your resume to more agile and smaller companies.

    Managing Your Career: Make you say this out loud so it registers - 90,000 employees work there. Double that for vendors. It is VERY hard to "stand out" and move up in the company. Don't expect your manager to be much of an advocate or enabler to help you meet your career goals - they are basically trying to survive the stack rank every year too. Not familiar with the stack rank? Check out the 2012 Vanity Fair article called "Microsoft's Lost Decade".

    Advice to Management

    I'll type it here - but I don't they are listening...
    1. Help proven talent move laterally in the company for new opportunities.
    2. Kill/evolve the stack rank. Here's basically how it's viewed:. 30% of the company gets 1s and 2s - and they are happy. 50% get 3s and that basically feels like getting a "C" in school. This sucks for talented people when a multitude of UNCONTROLLABLE conditions keep you from getting into 1 or 2 range. The 20% getting anything below a 3 are walking dead. In summary, 70% of the company walk away from the review cycle feeling like crap. This is no good.

    After 10 years, I'm leaving - it's just a matter of time until I find the right opportunity. I need to find a company spends 90% of it's time building technology experiences, as opposed to 90% of its time building PowerPoints. And I expect to refuse the exit interview - because if you really cared what I thought, you wouldn't ask me after I decided to leave.


  2. "Great place for a long term career"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and opportunities to work on products that are used and loved around the world

    Cons

    Culture can be overly competitive


  3. "Microsoft is great, but could be better"

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

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

    Pros

    -Strong work-life balance
    -Strong commitment to engineering (mostly)

    Cons

    -Feels too big sometimes
    -Occasionally impersonal


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  5. "Good"

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

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

    Pros

    Challenging work.

    Cons

    Not all teams are great,some are too good.

    Advice to Management

    No idea


  6. "Software development engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Its awesome place to work. Lot of scope for learning and you get to own some of the components which is great

    Cons

    Nothing much. I don't really seen any cons for the current role I am doing here. Times are flexible enough which is an important thing for me


  7. "Microsoft UX Designer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great meaningful work! Workplace is full of genuine, intelligent people

    Cons

    Projects move slowly as progress has to go through so many hoops to be approved. Sometimes projects can be shut down midway


  8. "Senior Program/Release Manager"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative, creative environment. I was always learning and achieving new goals.

    Cons

    18 months on, 6 month off rule.

    Advice to Management

    none


  9. "Technical Program Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Big Organization, Great benefits and cool stuff to work

    Cons

    hard to navigate through the political


  10. "Software Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    benefit, culture, ESPP plan, Medical Insurance

    Cons

    promotion opportunity,Salary, work life balance, creativity


  11. "Culture is turning worse, but still good work life balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance; smart and nice people generally

    Cons

    Some managers could be mean



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