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Updated June 14, 2018
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  • "Certain groups can have poor work-life balance" (in 1154 reviews)

  • "Outdated review system which is anything but fair" (in 525 reviews)

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  1. "Its perfect"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. 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

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work overall"

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

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is so big and you can move around until you find the right team for you. Your experience at that point really just depends on the team you are in.

    Cons

    On most teams I noticed that there is only one of two ways to get promoted:
    1- advertise yourself as much as you can and blow your own horn
    2- stay on a team long enough that it will look bad if your manager doesn't promote you

    You can't just quietly do your work and work harder in order to get promoted. Unless you ask your manager for a promotion, you won't get one or even be considered for one.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any advice to be honest but this thing wants me to write something anyway.


  4. "First in its class employer for tech-saavy individuals who like the big ‘corporate’ feel."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Compensation/Benefits; being surrounded by highly motivated, intelligent, diverse and capable people; large-enterprise corporate infrastructure to support a broad and diverse set of employees; fast pace; challenging and rewarding work.

    Cons

    You are a piece in a very large machine of operations ... it can be difficult to see outside your ‘silo’. Occasionally, projects and tasks are prioritized for the benefit of management and/or visibility/exposure vs. having significant impact.


  5. "Software Engineer"

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

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits, great work life balance

    Cons

    Hard to find good program managers and upper management can sometimes be out of sync

    Advice to Management

    Work on upper management, get rid of managers that draw paycheck and do nothing else, talk more with engineers that actually do all the work.


  6. "Great to work for"

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    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 5 years)

    Pros

    - good benefits for employees
    - work life balance

    Cons

    - None I can think of


  7. "Decent Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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

    Little/no stress, work/life balance, decent pay, reasonable learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Sometimes politics gets in the way, promotion is mostly based on years spent in a role.

  8. "Similar to all big software corporations"

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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

    Scale, Execution, Reach, Vision and Data Protection

    Cons

    Slow moving but getting better
    Different groups tussle in between themselves
    Difficult to get noticed

    Advice to Management

    Better integration between products and organizations
    Have monthly 1-on-1 with someone two levels lower.


  9. "Good Job"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Decent work/life balance
    Flexiblity
    Can choose what I want to work on
    I master my career

    Cons

    Pay is second tier
    Lots of old timers mean some pretty stagnant ideas


  10. "Software Engineering"

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

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, respect towards women, a lot of learning.

    Cons

    working on Microsoft Only technologies