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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful place for a Software Engineer"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits Good workplace Flex hours Great Opportunities Fantastic People

    Cons

    Not a fan of their review system.

    Microsoft2019-05-11
  2. "Great executive leadership and vision / middle management is often mediocre"

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    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Market leader / good benefits package / flexible work arrangements

    Cons

    review system is still too programmatic too many at the VP / GM level focused on protecting their "turf" and managing internal politics rather than focusing on business results

    Microsoft2019-12-02
  3. Helpful (4)

    "It used to be a great place to work for."

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    So many teams you can join. if you have a good team you have so many opportunities to grow. very good benefits.

    Cons

    each team has their own culture and management strategy. Overall Microsoft is trying to cut costs on everything. the work place is not fun anymore. they changed the activity and play areas to work stations. its mostly open space which can be very distracting. the review system is a total disaster. HR doesnt care about your complaints. if a manager doesnt like you he can really ruin your career at Microsoft.... some managers run their teams like its own private company, dont follow Microsoft guidelines and have nepotism.

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    Advice to Management

    dont cut cost where it can increase employee morale. Make it a fun place to work for younger people, like it used to be. Have an HR that would care about employees and discrimination. Make it easier to move across teams.

    Microsoft2019-07-21
  4. Helpful (5)

    "Excellent employer on the whole"

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    If you are fresh out of college, this is one of the best companies to work for. Like many other tech companies, there's a big emphasis on work-life balance and community building. In a lot of ways, it will feel like an extension of college in terms of the learning and events with other young professionals. Senior developers are, for the most part, very happy to mentor younger people and instill a sense of discipline.... Internal mobility is fantastic as well, moving from team to team is relatively frictionless and it's Microsoft, so there's a team for almost any area you want to work in. There are so many resources that there's an expert for basically anything you want to know. There's tons of young professionals around too and Seattle is a great place to live. Pay is competitive with the other top companies at a junior level. Exit opportunities are great here as well. If you pay attention and put effort into your work, you will come out with a brand name that recruiters all over want to see, as well as a disciplined, rigorous skill set to match.

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    Cons

    As you move up in ranks, the pay disparity between Microsoft and its competitors (Google, Amazon, Facebook) starts to grow, with Microsoft developers making substantially less than their counterparts. For some, this is okay if they value lifestyle more than career progression. For others, it's common to jump ship to another company. As with any other big company, there's layers and layers of bureaucracy. For most... mature teams, all work will be carefully planned months in advance, specced, discussed in multiple team meetings, with dedicated PMs and testers. In the beginning this is good because it teaches the absolute best, gold standard way to develop large software. After a while, it can become very dull and repetitive though. The annual review system, which invariably involves peer feedback and encourages backstabbing peers, can be maddening. Even after spending several years here, most people will find it's hard to break off of the railroaded promotion system and really shine as a superstar, just due to the seniority-based culture and siloed nature of the work (you don't have the expertise to move into a management role or more technical area that's already being done by someone more senior, but by never doing that role you'll never build expertise). Also your experience is hugely, hugely team dependent. Local team culture matters way more than anything that happens at top management level. Two employees at two different teams can have drastically different lives. Maybe the things I list as pros are actually cons in your team, and vice versa. Unfortunately there's no real way to tell what it'll be like working on a team until you actually start working there. You can gauge the number of young vs old developers to get a sense of the culture though. Despite this Microsoft is still a fantastic company, no regrets after having worked here for 6 years. The opportunity to work alongside world-class engineers to ship code that all modern versions of Windows use has been a privilege.

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    Microsoft2019-02-25
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Software Development Engineer"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and decent compensation package. Abundant of great tools and resources to be effective at work.

    Cons

    Poor review system promotes mediocrity. Excellence in a team of all high performers will not be rewarded highly.

    Advice to Management

    While keeping healthy hiring rates for special programs, the turnover rates and growth(performance) rates of those hires should be evaluated as well.

    Microsoft2019-01-09
  6. "Creative Producer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, smart people, interesting opportunities

    Cons

    Review system was not very transparent and subject to perception rather than performance (in the 10 years prior).

    Microsoft2018-12-04
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Politics"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Wfh culture. Benefits and health insurance

    Cons

    Politics Terrible review system Politics who you know is more important than what.

    Microsoft2018-08-29
  8. Helpful (6)

    "Morale is getting lower"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Issaquah, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of different areas to work Lots of room to grow technicaly Work-life balance Inclusive culture Good benefits such as 401k match and family coverage for insurance

    Cons

    Managers are too powerful, it shouldn't be this easy to hire or fire people Diverse teams but not much diversity in the team. There is only Chinese people in most research teams. I mean all Chinese. Pay is lower than most companies, especially on levels like 59,60,61,62 No free food, food on campus is expensive and not tasty. Lots of Mexican food despite there are almost no Mexican engineers. No Russian food... despite %20 of the company are Russian. You are pushed to leave company if you improved your skills because changing teams won't affect your level band and salary. Some teams doesn't have much budget but some have a lot of budget. I saw level 60 people who are much better than level 63 seniors but are not paid equally. This makes them unhappy because they are forced to go higher paying companies. Lots of people leave the company because of this reason. Too much bureaucracy between higher and lower band people and they treat you with no respect. Being a contractor here is much better than being a full time employee. You don't have to deal with politics and can survive just by doing your job. Review system is a joke. Not enough accommodations for disabled people. Lots of benefit denials. Not enough financial support for education. My manager offered me $x towards college tuition for a year but actual tuition is more than $20x. It must be a joke.

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    Advice to Management

    Invest on your lower band employees first, managers and PMs don't do much, everything is done by your developers. Get rid off useless PMs and pay your engineers more. Most PMs only celebrate things like they created it. Their overall contribution to anything is less than %10 of the actual work done, Rotate managers frequently so that they don't start their empire. Some managers are like Gods. They think that they... can do anything they want.

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    Microsoft2018-05-27
  9. "Developer"

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    Former Employee - Washington in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Smart people, good compensation, opportunity to advance in career. Microsoft is good on one's resume. I have recommended it as a place to work to many of my friends.

    Cons

    Micromanagement by senior managers. Lack of vision and understanding of markets. Outdated review system which is anything but fair. Company is a bubble detached from outside world.

    Advice to Management

    Do fewer things but do them better. Fix review system so that people are less incented to work on pet projects of constantly changing VPs in order to get promoted.

    Microsoft2018-06-03
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Beware of gaslighting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Microsoft is a great place to launch or hone a career if you land in a department where the managers are focused on utilizing their people effectively and are genuinely invested in growing their teams in meaningful ways. You will have an opportunity to work with and learn from a ton of very smart people. You will enjoy good benefits.

    Cons

    Some departments and mangers use gaslighting as the method of choice for obfuscating internal politics and manipulating department outcomes. If, for example, a department wants to stretch its headcount dollars to add extra heads without officially getting any new headcount budget, managers will make it their fulltime jobs to convert a sufficient number of good performers into bad performers through review management... techniques that slingshot off a review system that requires an employee and the employee’s colleagues to serve up areas of vulnerability under the disguise of opportunities for growth. In reality, there is generally nothing egregiously wrong with the employee’s performance. It is just that the employee happens to have fallen into the path of the manager’s short-term measure of success and so will be chewed up and spit out. Generally, you became this person by performing well and being paid fairly for your first several years of good service.

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    Advice to Management

    Walk the walk of the Microsoft core principles. Stop advancing people to management roles whose only interpretation of investing in the success of others is to invest in the success of their direct manager without regard for how they achieve their results. Stop paying bonuses to managers who are hitting their budget goals by bullying people into failure.

    Microsoft2018-02-26
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