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  1. "the nadellaissance is alive and well"

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    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    fun projects, smart people, innovative products, flexibility to change teams

    Cons

    work/life balance, pay starts out on the low side

    Advice to Management

    keep on keepin' on, nice work Satya!

    Microsoft2019-11-04
  2. "Expect to get challenged, but always look out for yourself."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer 

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

    Pros

    Great chance to grow, work with smart people and develop your skills

    Cons

    You can find yourself pigeon-holed on specific technologies/areas if you are not actively managing your career. Good management, while it can be found, is not prevalent.

    Microsoft2019-11-29
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    "Little Value for old timers"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer-II in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Strong Benefits - Work on Software that the entire planet uses. - Loads of internal opportunities - Get to work with the best of the best (surrounded by super smart people) - The business model - sell you things you want at a fair price (not give you things for free in exchange for all you data).

    Cons

    - Poor management - Historical experiences hold little value - Only the highest performers are valued - To much politics - it is more of who you know that what you know - Noisiest ones in the room are the ones that are heard - In recent years too eager to make changes for change sake - Too much top down decision making - Overly PC - Diversity was valued as long as it met their definition of diversity. True... diversity of values was not valued unless your values met their values.

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    Microsoft2019-11-27
  5. "big company, great place"

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    Former Employee - SDE1 in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    smart people, people from top school. good enviornment

    Cons

    sometimes developers need to talk with each other to avoid conflicts. Sometimes there is rework.

    Microsoft2019-11-02
  6. "Trying to make progress but going about it in the wrong way"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits; ground level and front line people are amazing. Smart people.

    Cons

    Microsoft for years has been giving lip service to fair pay and treatment across genders, ethnicity, etc. This was/is a legitimate and actual problem. They have reacted by pushing long time performers who happen to be a part of the gender and ethnicity profile they over-indexed on out of the company. These are good employees and managers who have actually fought for change. I personally know of four ex-peers... who have been through this in the past year and one going through it now.

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    Advice to Management

    1) Implement a better rewards and promotion strategy that recognizes accomplishments regardless of gender, sexual orientation, religion and ethnicity. That is all we asked for. 2) do this through hiring strategy rather than burning existing performing FTE's lives that have been there a long time and have even raised (and acted on) issue #1 as a priority. It's a great company with flawed over-reaction to a... legitimate problem. But you have destroyed some families lives by jettisoning good people. I gave culture and values a one star. The public view of MS is amazing. The internal view on the front line applies to that. Get to the GM level and it is all talk.

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    Microsoft2019-11-14
  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Business Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, benefits are great, good projects, working with lots of smart people

    Cons

    Some office politics, bureaucracy, hard to change roles

    Microsoft2019-10-31
  8. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Channel Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dynamic, open environment - freedom to define how you want to meet your objectives. Very smart people.

    Cons

    This is a big company now, lots of bureaucratic paper-pushing. Everyone seems to have a better idea for the same problem.

    Microsoft2019-10-22
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    "Proud to Work for Microsoft, Not Sure I Will Survive Long"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    * Pay * Benfits * Smart people * Brand name * Increasingly accepting of work-from-home

    Cons

    * Developers have to RE-INTERVIEW (same process as external candidate, whiteboard problems and all) to move to a different team within the company. * Performance evaluation is a "What have you done for me today?" exercise that gets tiring to go through. * Re-orgs. Teams always getting spliced, moved, merged, axed. Constant fear of losing job or landing in undesirable role.

    Advice to Management

    Make developers feel like their company wants to keep them and believes they have the talent to work on any team that has a position for their job title. That's the way it is at other big companies like Facebook and Amazon.

    Microsoft2019-10-19
  10. "Still a good company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer 
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    In general, work lift balance is good. Microsoft hiring bar is still high, so you have chances to work with a lot of smart people.

    Cons

    Politics, might not be able to move career fast.

    Microsoft2019-10-16
  11. "Awesome"

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    Current Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft for less than a year

    Pros

    You get to work on cool things with really smart people and there are thousands of other interns in the summer so it's super fun. Not so much fun in the fall or any other off-season, but the work is equally challenging and engaging although it does vary based on the team that you end up in.

    Cons

    It's a huge company and your experience will vary based on the team you're in.

    Microsoft2019-09-30
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