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Updated November 22, 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. Helpful (1274)

    "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. "Fantastic Company"

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    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 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Growth mindset
    Amazing work life balance
    Great benefits
    Competitive salary
    On premise perks
    Beautiful campus
    Many products and teams to choose from and work for

    Cons

    A lot of unnecessary politics
    Lack of cultural diversity. Most employees are from Asia
    Depending on team and project, boring work for the younger generation

    Advice to Management

    Keep your young talent around by giving them opportunities to grow. Embrace open source and newer technologies and dump legacy internal tools as fast as you can like a plague. Try to change the culture from within your team and make Microsoft great again :)

  3. "Excellent Company"

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    Current Employee - Principal Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people at this company are amazing! You will work with some of the most intelligent people in tech. The majority of individuals are driven and believe in the work they do.

    Cons

    Navigating any large company can be difficult, you'll want to network as often as possible until you've made contacts across all teams you are dependent upon. And then learn about all the other teams and organizations!

    Advice to Management

    Don't wait to communicate strategy and big bets. Leadership seems to coast along and then attach themselves to whatever is the latest success at the time. In addition to this get SLT to bet on the company, bet on Microsoft. There are too many groups just living in the "now" and not united in a Microsoft centric future.


  4. "Awesome Company!"

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    Former Contractor - Senior SAP Consultant in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Senior SAP Consultant in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company infrastructure very good. Work environment was great. Very talented coworkers. Quality of their solutions is very high!

    Cons

    There were long work hours sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


  5. "mixed bonus distribution"

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    Current Employee - Principal Mechanical Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Mechanical Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    challenging, rewarding with good benefits

    Cons

    bonuses depend more on your manager than on your performance


  6. "Learn alot and be proud of accomplishments, but don't expect that to make you successful"

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    Former Employee - Operations Progr in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Operations Progr in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly Intelligent colleagues, exciting projects.

    Cons

    Highly Politicized Environment, must play the game to advance.


  7. "Amazing Employer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative thinking, opportunity to build something new from the ground up and see the success, great autonomy to do great things and have a tremendous impact.

    Cons

    Heavy work schedule - sometimes challenging work-life balance.

  8. "Great pay, benefits, and people"

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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

    * 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.


  9. "job sat"

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    Current Employee - Principal Development Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Development Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    pay and benefits, turn around after Satya, enterprise products are very strong

    Cons

    politics, out of touch with end users, biased review model


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Software Developer"

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    • 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


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