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Updated 31 Dec 2019

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Defensive and unsupportive work climate"

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    Editorial Escalation Specialist in Dublin, Dublin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    - Some people who don't care about changing things and are ok with the antagonistic, competitive culture view this as a safe job for many years to come that offers security and some good benefits

    Cons

    - No interest in challenging the status quo / innovation. If you mention the elephant in the room you get to take it home. (As in, if you mention a problem you become the problem and your manager is unlikely to support you. - The review system forces managers to give negative reviews to a fixed percentage of their team, whether they deserve it or not. People are being calibrated against each other, which fosters and atmosphere of defensiveness, competitiveness and withholding of support

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    Advice to Management

    Fostering unhealthy competition and defensiveness does not drive innovation and open collaboration

    Microsoft2016-01-08
  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Sales Director in London, England

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

    Pros

    Flexible working, good work life balance

    Cons

    Performance review system is unclear

    Microsoft2019-12-31
  3. "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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. "Great People Great Company until..."

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    Former Contractor - Premier Field Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Access to training, opportunities to travel and amazing colleagues at your level, but don't try and question a manager or contact HR

    Cons

    HR process, Yearly review system, unfair treatment of people with kids who would like to see them

    Advice to Management

    Listen a little more to the man on the ground

    Microsoft2018-11-25
  9. "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
  10. 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
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