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Updated February 13, 2019
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  1. "Great company!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Delivery Manager in Chevy Chase, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Delivery Manager in Chevy Chase, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great for your resume! Excellent training!

    Cons

    Steep learning curve, very little guidance or supervision


  2. "Excellent place to work alongside brilliant minds."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best environment to work in

    Cons

    Work / life balance can become hard after a while. Expectations are always high which creates pressure.

  3. "Resurrection"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people (more at HQ than the field). Ethics are taken seriously. People are generally collegial and collaborative (with some exceptions). The stock has been great if you've been around for a few years and could enjoy the runup in 2017-2018.

    Cons

    Salaries are just OK, not great. Comp plans for pre-sales technical staff not competitive with the market, which leads to gamesmanship like giving people who should be on Account Technology Specialist roles in Account Team Units (ATU) in Solutions Specialist (SSP) roles so they can make more money--that is a problem in my org and leads to dissension among technical specialists in the STU, who don't have the opportunity to be on Solution Specialist comp plans while not being accountable for opportunity ownership. Local leadership doesn't understand the problem that causes for morale and the sense that ATUs are "more equal than others", to quote Animal Farm.

    Quotas are assigned to accounts instead individuals, so every seller shares a quota with someone else, sometimes many others. That can lead to internal friction and some free-riding.

    Advice to Management

    Clearly, Satya has done a masterful job of getting MS back on track by pursuing a very Buddhist-inspired cultural transformation (not fighting "what is so" and being authentic and humble). Satya isn't explicit about the Buddhist origins of his leadership, but those who know his background and family history can infer the influences. Satya has done a good job of selecting solid leaders at senior levels, but there is more work to do with mid-level managers (national subsidiary leadership and a few levels down; especially the legacy people who thrived under Kevin Turner). Cultural change is happening and my advice to Satya is to focus on culture forever. He's off to a great start, but it could all revert with some bad hires and taking his eye off the ball on culture in the sales org.


  4. "Software engineering"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is just the passion

    Cons

    There are none and I am enjoying


  5. "It's OK (Datacenter)"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Datacenter Technician in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Datacenter Technician in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    These are the Pros for Microsoft Datacenter:

    - Easy Job
    - Pays more than IBM
    - Stress free in terms of physical labor
    - Microsoft offers amazing benefits. My current benefit payout is 19.1k.
    - Microsoft pays you back for fitness related items
    - Workplace environment is relaxed
    - Great starter job in the IT industry, I would recommend this job to people just starting out.

    Cons

    These are the Cons for Microsoft Datacenter:

    - Does not pay nearly as much as Amazon or Oracle
    - Job might be easy, but it's very linear. You will definitely need something to distract you from the boredom.
    - Gossip and backstabbing is like wildfire in this particular location of Microsoft.
    - Does not offer any holidays off at all, unless requested. And only 3 people per shift can get them off. Everyone else is stuck here on holidays. (upside you get double pay if working on holidays).
    - People get hired here with subpar knowledge on how to do the work, which has caused a high turnover rate of talent.
    - Very little to almost no career opportunities in terms of promotions. Most people have to move out, in order to move up. This also sorta ties into the talent having a higher turnover rate.
    - Yearly pay raise is extremely low.

    Advice to Management

    This is the Advice to Management for Microsoft Datacenter:

    - More interpersonal skills with the employees. We would rather want to see you as someone who's actually out there working with the employees, or at least trying to relate to us, rather than sitting in an office all day behind closed doors doing email work. We run a data center, not an office building. We ALL should know how to do the work, not just the few of us.
    - Please hire more talent, and less fillers. Perhaps consider replacing some deadwood to alleviate the discrepancy.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "I couldn’t imagine a better company to be a part of"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Sterling, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing salary and benefits, honestly top notch. There may be some competitors who pay more in comparison but most employees with competitors are miserable and dying for a good culture. Culture at Microsoft is amazing and extremely important. Everyone is very collaborative and they want to help you succeed for the most part. The opportunity once you enter Microsoft is honestly endless. You can make about as much money as you can possibly imagine, and do any job you’ve ever really wanted to do. You can also move almost anywhere you want to move. Most roles have a ton of opportunity to work remote, which is my favorite part. I accomplish so much from home, and without the travel time on a daily basis I finish more than I normally would. Work life balance is great and an emphasis- they encourage you to enjoy your time with your family. Ultimately that’s up to you if you can separate the two.

    Cons

    Lack of training. Even when provided with training events, seems the facilitators or the training material is way over your head at that point in Microsoft. Once you gain a better understanding of your role, that naturally comes with time, you’ll really wish someone would’ve explained everything to you like you were 5 years old from the get go. It seems they try to go level 500 immediately rather than giving overviews, and this goes for a lot of different initiatives throughout the company. Rather than trying to sound extremely smart with 30 slides with 500 words or more per slide, get to the point and speak in simple terms that we will understand and can portray to our customers.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent, the transparency is there if you ask for it. But if you are just starting, there are a lot of questions you don’t know to ask. As soon as you ask, a lot will be revealed to you. If you never ask, good luck guessing at what you need to do in order to be a rockstar at your role.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "UX Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience Consultant in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - User Experience Consultant in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Travel a lot, working with many different industries across various industries

    Cons

    Terrible internal politics, more resistance internally with Microsoft-own internal teams than externally with customers

    Advice to Management

    Solve the internal blaming game culture in Services and focus on result and outcome, instead of repeating Victim, Rescuer, Persecutor Karpman drama triangle and ignored customer outcome

  8. Helpful (5)

    "No longer a good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Obviously, its the center of the world for Microsoft technology.

    Cons

    Management quality varies widely from team to team. Ranges from good leaders to criminally abusive managers.

    Advice to Management

    Try treating people like people instead of like nameless numbers in a spreadsheet.


  9. "Awesome place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Cloud Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Cloud Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, good leadership, and great focus on customer, technology, and community. I enjoy being part of the leading edge and solving complex issues.

    Cons

    So many technologies makes it difficult to go deep into the well of knowledge.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "No longer customer obsessed."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Sales Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Sales Specialist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay! Amazing benefits! Microsoft on your resume.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Systems are still an inconvenience and many of the support channels do not understand what you have to do so there is always a back and forth.

    Advice to Management

    5 years ago the policy was take care of your customer. Quit trying to be apple and only care about selling. Your customer obsession is what sets you apart.


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