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Updated August 22, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1178)

    "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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Testing Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    good tecnology, good culture, the company is too big

    Cons

    the company is too big.good tecnology, good culture

  3. "Overtime is a given"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people overall. Great benefits once you get through the high deductibles. Great training opportunities.

    Cons

    work life balance challenge and restructuring constantly make it difficult


  4. "Great culture, positive work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love the culture, benefits, and direction.

    Cons

    Microsoft underpays compared to similar companies in the area, especially in terms of starting bonuses.


  5. "Fantastic environment, great mentors, lots of perks"

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    Current Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Current Intern - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great office space, relaxed and fun atmosphere
    - Lots of events and research talks happening all the time
    - Good balance work/life
    - Ultra-competent researchers, high level of collaboration

    Cons

    I nothing negative to say!


  6. "Great for beginners to earn experience"

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    Former Intern - MIcrosoft Explorer in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - MIcrosoft Explorer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of benefits, a huge campus, the chance to work on products everyone in the world knows and uses, a yearly company exclusive hackathon, reasonably high salary, lots of events (boat parties/outings, the Signature event, etc)

    Cons

    Development can feel plodding, and there's a lot of red tape. It's also completely up to chance what team you end on, and in what division you end.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure all your teams are smaller and take specific feature ownership


  7. "UX Designer 2"

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    Current Employee - User Experience Designer II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is a corporate that really cares about employee's personal/family life and the team I stay with truly embrace the company vision. I really enjoy the work environment here. The work itself also has a lot of potentials that you can innovate with. It is quite different from what I have known about the MSFT before. I think it is truely changing and evolving.

    Cons

    The organization is pretty big so the cons is sometimes it is hard to push thing forward and make thing happened in a short of time.

  8. "Great team (ACOM). Friendly, professional, talented coworkers!"

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    Current Contractor - Web Developer in Redmond, WA
    Current Contractor - Web Developer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small team. Talented professionals. Great communicators. Well-established workflow amidst the growing pains -- this can only get better with time!

    Cons

    I'm not gonna pick on Microsoft for being a large company. :)

    Advice to Management

    Continue setting milestones and be sure to surface all that tribal knowledge to build an even more fantastic team!


  9. "Love it"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Can always find a new challenge
    - Meet and work with lots of smart people
    - Good overall benefits

    Cons

    - Pay not as high as other silicon valley companies
    - No free food, though there are nice cafés
    - Some parts of the company have a lot of politics and make it hard to progress


  10. "Senior Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good workplace, supportive management, stock

    Cons

    Very bad work-life balance at all


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