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Updated May 8, 2018
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  1. "Great technology employer to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chevy Chase, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chevy Chase, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft provides excellent opportunities for professionals who value the ability to work independently and take on challenging work.

    Cons

    Microsoft is not the place for underachievers or someone who doesn't want to put forth their best effort.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. If anything, more opportunities to meet up with our colleagues face to face at conferences or offsites would be well worth the cost.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "#1 Comapny for Innovation"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Advisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Digital Advisor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    *Innovative CEO and changing culture towards growth mindset
    *Competitive pay and job security
    *Smart people make a big difference
    *Tech is cutting edge and pushing envelop of what computing is

    Cons

    *Old culture still lingering and holding back growth
    *Bureaucracy is stifling and value wasting - in 3 years at Microsoft I've seen 3 different executive teams - garbage in/garbage out

    Advice to Management

    Hire entrepreneurs not corporate retreads!

  3. "Datacenter Logistic Technician"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Datacenter Logistic Technician in Sterling, VA
    Current Contractor - Datacenter Logistic Technician in Sterling, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Constantly moving and the opportunity to learn EVERYTHING

    Cons

    Hard to apply DIRECT within

    Advice to Management

    stay focus and keep moving FORWARD


  4. "Technical Account Manager"

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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "No work life balance"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Working at Microsoft"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people is number one reason to work at Microsoft, regardless of what role or position, you will be surrounded by the most talented, passionate and driven people. You will have the opportunity to have impact at every level and be part of a very flat organization where you are truly a peer to everyone on various teams you'll work with. Great benefits and competitive compensation package is part of the attraction. You will learn from your mistakes and as long as they are the same mistake repeated, you will thrive which is unusual in it's own right.

    Cons

    Must be able to deal with ambiguity and constant organization changes and you will have much turnover in your management, especially your direct manager. Buckle up your seat belt, the ride can be unsettling if you are not used to constant change. You also cannot wait around to be told what to do and you must adhere to the fact that he or she who has a plan, however tentative will win the day in any meeting. You also must maintain a high energy and always meet your objectives at a minimum while exceeding expectations is considered a must or you will be shuffled out quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Strive to maintain a balance and always remember that any group takes on the characteristics of its leadership and you must lead and resist to the temptation to manage. Clear, concise direction from leadership will create a slipstream across the organization. Always remember that it isn't a vision until someone else can see it


  7. "It isn't all it's made out to be."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Flexible hours. Cool work.

    Cons

    The biggest issue for me was their rush to get product out regardless of the quality. It chased a lot of dedicated, big customers away. Now the product they took over is being discontinued. They took a very good product and destroyed it. What a shame.

    Advice to Management

    Put customers and quality first.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Solid company, actively working to fix culture issues"

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

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

    Pros

    Great education and improvement opportunities like tuition reimbursement, paid training time, etc. Strongly encourages growth of all kinds.

    Cons

    Still working to break down some of those famous silos in the company that prevent divisions from working together effectively. Better every day, but a long way to go yet.


  9. "Very good company to work for."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Chevy Chase, MD
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Chevy Chase, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good people, both professionally and on a personal level. Very good benefits.

    Cons

    Work can be hard sometimes. Decisions are not transparent because it's such a large company. Sometimes decision making process is not clear and may seem random.

    Advice to Management

    Manage in smaller teams, provide more mentoring, improve communications between different departments.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Microsoft Review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Former Chief Executive Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Former Chief Executive Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The break room was always stocked with tea and splenda sugar, not too bad.

    Cons

    The pay was garbage. I left to work at McDonalds instead.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your representatives better.


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