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Updated February 24, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1022)

    "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. "Microsoft UX Designer"

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    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


  3. "Technical Program Manager"

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    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


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  5. "Software Engineer"

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    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


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

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance; smart and nice people generally

    Cons

    Some managers could be mean


  7. "Great place to work, flexible & wonderful for work-life balance."

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    Current Employee - Business Administrator in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Business Administrator in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I am able to have a flexible work environment, work hours, and how to do my job.

    Cons

    It's hard to change careers within MIcrosoft as a business admin. Gets discouraging.


  8. "Good first job"

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

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

    Pros

    Not very demanding work, good salary, some of the people were very nice. My manager was amazing.

    Cons

    Some of the people were horrible and getting promoted for all the wrong reasons. There was a feeling that if you weren't prepared to stay on the team for 20 years, you weren't really devoted to them, a stance I hear is from the 1980's. A lot of bs in middle management and Satya has a lot of work ahead of him. This all varies by team so your experience will probably be much better.

    Advice to Management

    Try to make sure why people are getting promoted. Sometimes an entire team can be bloat, from the lead down.


  9. "Software engineer"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity. Flexibility, learning opportunity

    Cons

    Reorgs, layoffs, but I guess these things happen everywhere.


  10. "Great company, challenging politics"

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    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Scale and scope of business provides a rewarding experience, individual impact and immense career opportunities over most other companies

    Cons

    Internal leadership politics, challenging engineering constraints and lack of cross divisional alignment makes it incredibly difficult to produce high quality products.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the layers of management. Provide more accountability and trust in IC's.


  11. "Keeps getting better"

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

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

    Pros

    Company has clarity in strategic direction, culture and ambitions. Very positive under Satya's leadership

    Cons

    Changing a culture at a company this size is turning the titanic - it will take time

    Advice to Management

    Remember you are often more in the know than the average employee - take the time to bring your teams up to speed.



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