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Updated November 15, 2017
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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1947 reviews)

  • Working with really smart people who readily share their great insights is a humbling experience where everyone is treated as equals by all employees (in 1682 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1093 reviews)

  • Review system was not the greatest (in 519 reviews)

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  1. "Software developer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I am very satisfy about Microsoft work environment.

    Cons

    it takes more work load at microsoft

    Advice to Management

    ok


  2. "Great street credential"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Technology focused people working together to deliver for the customer.
    Great benefits
    Potential for tremendous responsibility and tremendous achievement
    Access to employee pricing for software - mind blowing savings

    Cons

    Time off is a promise almost never kept despite generous earned time off
    Work life balance only exists during onboarding discussion
    Relationship with your manager will make or break your time with Microsoft
    At the end of the day, all of the promise of open minds is more of a promise - bias is well entrenched and even CEO can't break that plaque off those teeth

    Advice to Management

    Walk your talk
    Listen to employees who leave and really take in what they say
    Self critique more and be aware of your unconscious biases - stop projecting them.

  3. "Practice Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Autonomy, Culture, Benefits, Opportunities, Market Leader, Breadth of Solutions, CEO's Leadership

    Cons

    Budgets not solutions drive sales motion

    Advice to Management

    Simply processess


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great company if you're great, good if good, poor if less"

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

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

    Pros

    -Great pay and benefits, hard to find anything close.
    -Ability to work on exciting projects if you're talented enough.
    -Lateral movement from Jr to Sr is great.

    Cons

    -Company vision changes frequently, currently lots of risk of "reduction in force" due to cloud initiatives
    -Poor performers aren't given much opportunity to improve, attrition routinely forced.
    -Current senior management for me is lacking
    -Sr to Principal is a tough move, and also a great flag for attrition if you can't keep up.

    Advice to Management

    -Focus more on employees, speak up when things don't make sense


  5. "Consultant Review in Enterprise Services"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competition and benefits are competitive

    Cons

    Layers of Management have increased
    Processes impede agile behavior

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the layers of management and how they can help vs impede their reports


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Still evaluating Microsoft"

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    Current Employee - Licensing Executive in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Licensing Executive in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good and I have flexibility to work from home. Also the maternity and paternity leave is excellent (keep in mind this means your bonus is prorated)

    Cons

    Low compensation, lack of diversity, performance system is not clear because "impact" is subjective and the ability for advancement is limited

    Advice to Management

    Diversity doesn't mean hiring a lot of women, please also consider background and age. Take chances on people and promote them instead of making people jump through hoops. If a position is a L63 and a L62 applies for it and you make an offer it should be awarded as a L62 because if the person was external you would give them the benefit of the L63. There is a lack of transparency and too many games being played with people's careers and livelihood....no one wants to play Russian Roulette with their career


  7. "Great Company, Decent Products"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audience Marketing Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Audience Marketing Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent brand and company culture

    Cons

    Products and services are now considered 2nd rate. Talent is older and not exactly top-notch.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in college recruiting and promoting young talent into leadership

  8. "Solution Sales Professional"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility - remote work.
    Good to great salary
    Great health care
    Great benefits
    Dynamic and solid company

    Cons

    High pressure culture.
    Experienced age based, and gender based bias continually.
    Microsoft shifts strategy each year - which really only gives it 9 months to execute. This means basically annual re-organizations, and poorly executed strategy is baked into the day-to-day. Change can be a very good thing, constant change creates constant instability.

    Advice to Management

    Think about a 2 year strategy cycle, rather than an annual one.


  9. "Sr. Consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    Love the technology, flexible timings, tons of opportunities

    Cons

    abundant resources, can be overwhelming


  10. "Services Sales Dirrctor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Services Sales Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Services Sales Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company provides excellent opportunity for growth, and access to all resources needed to succeed. There is unlimited opportunity to grow if employees take advantage of the resources.

    Cons

    The company is very process heavy, and sometimes gets in its own way. Need to listen to customer more, and need to acknowledge that not all solutions are Microsoft Solutions.


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