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Updated February 24, 2018
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  • Certain groups can have poor work-life balance (in 1124 reviews)

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  1. "Category Marketing - Xbox"

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    Current Contractor - Category Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Contractor - Category Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, positive environment, intellectual individuals , Highly competitive salary packages, great work/life balance, management receives feedback

    Cons

    Some campuses have open floor plans


  2. Helpful (1317)

    "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. "Senior manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Wide range of products and job opportunities. Ability to work with a lot of smart people and top business partners. Good learning environment. Nice and friendly team.

    Cons

    Politics, conflicting or overlapping roles. Each team has its own target. No clear definition or rules when collaborating. Manager not able to resolve it, instead pushing employees to fight and compete


  4. "Great team, culture and work"

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

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very open team, full of highly intelligent people. You can get ideas bounced between yourself and management very easily. Great place to learn and grow

    Cons

    Very few downsides overall. Personally would have preferred offices with a little more personality.


  5. "Great Company to Work For!"

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    Former Employee - Product Advisor in Oak Brook, IL
    Former Employee - Product Advisor in Oak Brook, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing benefits. A company that values volunteering and giving back.

    Cons

    It's hard if you don't have the customer service/sales background.


  6. "Changing for the better"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company culture is changing. People work together across divisions.

    Cons

    Limited locations in Seattle. Somewhat aging employee base.

    Advice to Management

    Go Satya!


  7. "Amazing place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learning tools is provided to be a successful employee

    Cons

    Work life balance needs improvement

  8. "Solid work environment"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Programmer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Programmer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed my time contracting with Microsoft in the bay area. I met and got to work with some brilliant and extremely talented programmers.

    Cons

    Meetings were held regardless of necessity and there were some 'dead weight' team members who had been there for many years, and knew the minimal work they had to pretend to do to keep their jobs and keep getting raises. That put extra pressure on the rest of the team to make up for their lack of contribution.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Love this company!"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people, great work life balance, company matches charity donations.

    Cons

    It all depends on who you work for - would NOT work in the WDG group


  10. "Very good opportunity when doing a PhD"

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    Former Intern - PhD Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - PhD Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern

    Pros

    As a PhD intern at Microsoft Research you get to publish which is pretty good thing when you are doing your PhD. Also you get to connect with pioneer people in the field.

    Cons

    I think the projects are not well defined in advance, but I guess that necessary is not a bad sign. That is how a pure researchy place looks like.


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