Microsoft Seattle Reviews

Updated Aug 5, 2020

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  1. "For every frustration or headache, there's a great positive, too"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Content Programmer in Redmond, WA
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, super-smart coworkers, top-notch facilities and technology, great leadership at the top

    Cons

    It can be hard to pivot because it's such a large company. Bureaucracy can get in the way. The biggest issue is that the constant re-orgs can sap any momentum and kill efficiency.

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    "Thoughts after 10 years...."

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for 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".

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  3. "Good place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    IMO, good handling of COVID and WFH situation. Good pay, great benefits. Lots of options to work on different projects.

    Cons

    It's a huge company, things don't always move super fast. There are processes in place (for good reason) that can feel like they slow you down (work, career, etc.).

  4. "Pretty Good No complaintss"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Microsoft Explorer Intern in Redmond, WA
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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft for less than a year

    Pros

    Good Pay Knowledgable and Passionate Coworkers

    Cons

    Remote currently Huge Company Monotonous work sometimes

  5. "Best Company to work for"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Architect in Bellevue, WA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    All great - culture especially!

    Cons

    Nothing to talk about - all good

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  6. "Great Company"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Redmond, WA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Benefits and total compensation

    Cons

    Very hierarchical, tenure plays a big role when proposing new ideas, feels like old school company

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  7. "Great WLB"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Technology, Azure cloud, projects, work-life balance

    Cons

    Sometimes politics gets in the way of the project