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Updated April 21, 2018
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  • Certain groups can have poor work-life balance (in 1140 reviews)

  • Mid level management, review system (in 523 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Technical Sales in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Technical Sales in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best place I've ever worked.

    Cons

    I used to have to travel a lot.


  2. Helpful (1340)

    "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. "Improving company"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Company is on an upward trend by upgrading outdated internal infrastructure and practices and investing more in new products and services instead of just Windows.

    Cons

    Still has a lingering culture of complacency. This can actually be good if you just want a stable job to support a family, but not if you want to really make a big impact with your work (and not wait over a year before your feature gets shipped).

    Advice to Management

    The tech scene in the Seattle area has become much more competitive and the compensation is no longer competitive enough to get and retain the top developers and this makes keeping up with other companies more difficult. I've had some teammates leave to other companies to make more money and then my manager has a hard time replacing them because the offers we send out to excellent candidates get outbidded by other companies.


  4. "data engineer"

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    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Scale of what you can achieve

    Cons

    Massive organization and divisions used to work in silos. the culture is changing but this problem is still visible.


  5. "MS"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities, freedom for work

    Cons

    Requires lot of networking for job change

    Advice to Management

    Don't let Principals or Directors or partners to get their emp from previous teams at least for a year


  6. "Work at Microsoft"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1st tier tech company, good benefits, a lot of growth, good work/life balance

    Cons

    engineering systems are not good in general, very old codebases are hard to maintain


  7. "No work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Delivery Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Delivery Project Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    You learn a lot. Great benefits.

    Cons

    I never worked so hard. There is no work life balance

  8. "Technical Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits and Culture are industry leading

    Cons

    Poor 1st line manager communication


  9. "great company, wonderful people"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great company, wonderful people, good work life balance

    Cons

    political fight in some teams, not necessary


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting times."

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

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

    Pros

    Some really smart people, and depending on which product group you are in, you might have an ability to have tremendous impact. The benefits are decent and the stock has done well in the past few years.

    Cons

    The company culls employees regularly and targets 60% of the ongoing market compensation, but is slow to adjust. The benefits package is no longer what it used to be.

    Advice to Management

    For a company that prides itself on its people, the high degree of turnover is beginning to have an impact and the current performance review model doesn't help. Telling people that their reward of 80% of target is a great outcome is akin to telling them they were mediocre.


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