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Updated November 19, 2018
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  1. "Solid comfortable place to work, positive culture, surrounded by high-achievers."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Respect for the individual, constant stressing of core cultural values of letting everyone be heard, etc. Decent work/life balance, though it's hugely dependent on the individual to enforce. Individuals are encouraged to engage with managers at any level (for example with your manager's manager's manager...). There's a general high-level of passion for the products we make.

    Cons

    Loose on process, heavy on PM's to compensate. Compensation is middle-of-the-pack. And we're still compensated on a curve, even if the compensation policy claims there's no ranking.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful with forced distribution of compensation. Given the concentration of talent, the person near the bottom is still an excellent contributor and you'd hate to lose that person.


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    "Thoughts after 10 years...."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    1. If you love tech, this is a great place. No doubt you'll talk tech (mostly the MSFT stack) from enterprise to consumer - from PCs to phones to Xboxes - from datacenter to desktop.

    2. What were GREAT benefits are now VERY GOOD (took a small step down) but still probably better than you'll find at 99% of large corporations. If you've got family - the value of the benefits is even higher. 401k match is nice.

    3. Even with it's struggles MSFT is still a cash printing machine. This means if you can keep your nose clean and do reasonable work, you can have a stable job, pay your bills, feed your family, and not worry (too much) about layoffs. The stock you own likely won't tank, but probably won't go up much either. You'll get a bonus each year and some stock. It's a decent life if you aren't looking to light the world on fire.

    Cons

    Brand on Your Resume: After many years of losing market share and struggling to be at the front end of innovation and the fact that there's 90,000 employees, don't think MSFT is necessarily going to be attractive on your resume to more agile and smaller companies.

    Managing Your Career: Make you say this out loud so it registers - 90,000 employees work there. Double that for vendors. It is VERY hard to "stand out" and move up in the company. Don't expect your manager to be much of an advocate or enabler to help you meet your career goals - they are basically trying to survive the stack rank every year too. Not familiar with the stack rank? Check out the 2012 Vanity Fair article called "Microsoft's Lost Decade".

    Advice to Management

    I'll type it here - but I don't they are listening...
    1. Help proven talent move laterally in the company for new opportunities.
    2. Kill/evolve the stack rank. Here's basically how it's viewed:. 30% of the company gets 1s and 2s - and they are happy. 50% get 3s and that basically feels like getting a "C" in school. This sucks for talented people when a multitude of UNCONTROLLABLE conditions keep you from getting into 1 or 2 range. The 20% getting anything below a 3 are walking dead. In summary, 70% of the company walk away from the review cycle feeling like crap. This is no good.

    After 10 years, I'm leaving - it's just a matter of time until I find the right opportunity. I need to find a company spends 90% of it's time building technology experiences, as opposed to 90% of its time building PowerPoints. And I expect to refuse the exit interview - because if you really cared what I thought, you wouldn't ask me after I decided to leave.

  3. "Great Culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has really change its culture and is very innovative now.

    Cons

    Pays a little less than other industry leaders


  4. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, projects, environment, and food.

    Cons

    Food costs money but is insanely good.


  5. "It's great."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support Escalation Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Support Escalation Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    With any company this size, it's going to depend on your department and management. I've been here 4 years, and we're given all of the tools and flexibility needed to do our jobs well. Pay and benefits are definition top of market. Cool perks/parties/etc. Great company to work for.

    Cons

    There is a lot of pressure, but that again will depend on management. Probably not best for people who want to coast into retirement.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  6. "Great company to intern for"

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    Former Intern - High School Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - High School Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cool campus, insanely smart people, good work environment

    Cons

    None that I found from my time working there


  7. "May be worse"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-Live balance and flexibility are pretty good

    Cons

    Overall compensation makes people sad

  8. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company things have changed with the new CEO

    Cons

    Big company with big company politics.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the same thing


  9. "Contract Customer Success Manager at Microsoft"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Success Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Customer Success Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is an amazing company - I was fortunate enough to visit the Seattle campus, Building 92. heard Satya speak live. Also visited the UK campus for FY18 readiness training - incredible experience. Brilliant coworkers, excellent managers, cool tech.

    Cons

    The reality of this situation is when you are a contractor, you are not treated the same as FTEs. Contractors are considered "second class" and do not get the same treatment as FTEs. Irrespective of how successful you may be or your potential, the reality is Managers focus their time and grooming on FTEs.

    Advice to Management

    Have a succession plan for contractors up front. Had I known our entire contractor team was going to be dismissed less than 90 days after accepting a position, with the intention of going Full Time, I would not have taken the chance on Microsoft. This has set my job search back a full six months and I lost good opportunities because I accepted what was to end up a very temporary position as a contract CSM.


  10. "Program Manager Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Student in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There was growth mindset ,Inclusion and a great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Hierarchical Culture that is difficult to work with as a new hire.


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