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Updated June 20, 2018
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  1. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great benefits, work isn't toooo hard

    Cons

    Limited room for advancement at times, not a wonderful place to be early career.


  2. Helpful (1360)

    "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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great work life balance"

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

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

    Pros

    A company where you feel like the work you are doing affects the lives of millions of people

    Cons

    Benefits and bonuses are low compared to other companies


  4. "Its perfect"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    Nice environment for an engineer to work and learn latest technologies

    Cons

    nothing found as of now


  5. "Marketing & Commercial Masterclass"

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    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Redmond, WA
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    startup community
    technology
    focus on innovation
    diversity is not an option

    Cons

    corporate structure with the associated politics

    Advice to Management

    keep up the startup seeds programs
    politics slows innovation down


  6. "Protection from Bad Managers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love the Innovation, loved the clients, love the community giving, Generally a great company to work for

    Cons

    HR do not protect staff from bad managers

    Advice to Management

    Support the employee as much as the Manager


  7. "Partner Director of Product Management"

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    Current Employee - Partner Director of Product Management in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Partner Director of Product Management in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting work involving challenges across business, experience and technology.

    Cons

    Old cultures don't change overnight. Change takes time, but it's happening.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to drive change management. Look for opportunities to get ahead of the shifting times.

  8. "A title"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company with a lot of great people, and the luxury to invest in visions.

    Cons

    Big and sometimes very bureaucratic. Very afraid it cannot shake the reputation, aquired in the 90's and early 2000's of being evil.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on what you are doing now. And take risks.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Beautiful campus, smart employees, great learning experience, highly recommended."

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    Former Employee - User Experience Designer II in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, smart employees, great learning experiences, some interesting challenges, highly recommended.

    Cons

    Politics, processes, sometimes too many hurdles to get something shipped

    Advice to Management

    Reduce processes and politics. Potential products should be based more on the merit of the idea/product (as determined from prototyping and user testing) and less on the opinions of a few negative people (who may have other agendas in mind). But overall, it’s a great company to work for. I would go back for sure.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "It all depends on your manager"

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    Former Employee - Content Writer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Content Writer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Working on products that help and affect many people.

    Cons

    Slow moving. Too many managers. Managers feel the need to prove something by changing established processes. Often, they can't explain why, they just want their review to look good.
    Your success depends on your manager. I had many managers, the last one was unsupportive, and became openly hostile when I complained; making up a lot of untrue things about me. HR ignored my complaints. I felt I had no choice buy to leave.
    Even now, I can't give away to much about my position for feat that the manager will try to retaliate.

    Advice to Management

    Satya. You talk about empathy, and I admire you for turning Microsoft around. I loved working there but, when employees have a genuine grievance, the company must learn to really listen.
    I lost a job I loved very much because of one manager who clearly only cared about their own career path, not the products and staff they managed.
    Because of this, I can't in good faith recommend MSFT as a good place to work.


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