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Updated April 17, 2018
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  1. "Technical Account Manager"

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    • 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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "#1 Comapny for Innovation"

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    • 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. Helpful (1)

    "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


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Microsoft Review"

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    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.


  5. "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.


  6. "Software developer"

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    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


  7. "Great street credential"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.

  8. Helpful (1)

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

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    • 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


  9. "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


  10. "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


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