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Updated December 4, 2017
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  • Generally good work life balance (in 1982 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 1699 reviews)

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  1. "Software developer"

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    • 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. "Impressive, innovative company."

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with smart, innovative people. Enthusiasm for the company from long term employees is high. People stay for many years and are rewarded for their loyalty.

    Cons

    Very difficult to make an impact as a new employee in a satellite office. Most of the decisions are made in Redmond, so there is little opportunity for growth and innovation. Employees are not sufficiently empowered. This is due in part to the staying power of the long term employees. It leaves little opportunity for professional growth.

    Advice to Management

    Continue on the past of positive innovation put in place by Satya Nadella. He is an inspiring leader. Have confidence in your employees to make smart decisions that are good for the company. Do not micromanage.

  3. "Great street credential"

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    • 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.


  4. Helpful (1)

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

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    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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    • Senior Management
    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. "Great Company, Decent Products"

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    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


  7. "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.

  8. "Great so far!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Premier Field Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Premier Field Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to develop and grow.

    Cons

    Demanding and competitive work environment


  9. "Services at Microsoft"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Solution Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Solution Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good structure and stability, pay is great.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership in services.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what you want to do and communicate it.


  10. "Great technology company"

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

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

    Pros

    Leadership in technology industry . Great ip
    Focus on cloud , analytics and digital transformation
    Great people , benefits and pay package

    Cons

    Large organization requires navigating to get things done . Many groups out there to support but identifying them is bit challenging

    Advice to Management

    Trim the middle layers


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