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Updated Apr 13, 2014
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

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Thoughts after 10 years....

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Redmond, WA (US)

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

Pros1. 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.

ConsBrand 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 Senior ManagementI'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.

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An innovative and employee friendly company!

Usability/Playtest Coordinator (Former Employee)
Redmond, WA (US)

I worked at Microsoft as a contractor for more than a year

ProsEmployees are given the freedom to grow and learn more skills as well as advance in their career. Microsoft is always on the cutting edge of technology so the work environment is constantly changing to accommodate growth. It was a privilege and an honor to have the opportunity to work for such a highly regarded company.

ConsThere are so many others competing for the chance to work at Microsoft, it is more difficult to find permanent employment there.

Advice to Senior ManagementPerhaps, consider contract employees who go above and beyond job requirements to show their dedication to their job and the best interest of the company.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Challenging, fun, great people

Program Manager (Current Employee)
Redmond, WA (US)

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

ProsVariety of technologies and products to work on, benefits, quality of employees

Conssize, cross-group coordination, agility and time to market

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good benefits... bad HR

Program Manager II (Former Employee)
Redmond, WA (US)

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

ProsThe company has a lot of smart people
Good products
Good exposure to technology that is used by millions

ConsVery type A and self absorbed organization
Stack ranking in HR is really a de-motivator
Products developed are still not designed with the end user in mind - they cater to the Engineers that develop the products, SI. Admins, IT staff ...not the end user

Advice to Senior ManagementAdd more diversity of personality types not just nationalities

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Steady but slowly changing

Software Development Engineer (Current Employee)
Redmond, WA (US)

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

ProsGood benefit, well balanced work life.

ConsLost 10 years and more under not so well directed management.

Advice to Senior ManagementContribution Margins isn't the best measure of success.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good company to work for

Senior Software Development Engineer (Current Employee)
Redmond, WA (US)

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

ProsSmart people. High quality co-workers. Very visible project that can influence lives of millions of people.

ConsReview system. They are finding ways to change it but due to the size of the company, it is a very hard task. Pay is low for long-timers compared to new-comers.

Advice to Senior Managementreward people, with higher salary!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Relaxed environment

Software Development Engineer (SDE) II (Former Employee)
Redmond, WA (US)

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

ProsYou get to work on good algorithms and loads of perks.

ConsAnnual review process is not good and it bitters your relationship with your peers

Advice to Senior ManagementChange the annual review process and just see how one performed rather than doing the stack ranking.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Flexibility and Opportunity

Senior Finance Manager (Current Employee)
Redmond, WA (US)

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

ProsHuge breadth of job opportunities for those working at the HQ location.
Great flexibility to get your job done and not have to work in a "clock in, clock out" environment
A lot of momentum with company direction with new leadership

ConsJob demands can be taxing during cyclical periods (varies a lot by role/function)
Simplification efforts don't always take roadblocks out of the way
Redundant layers of tools, processes, and approvers slows the pace of business

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to view changes through the One Microsoft lens

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Very good company; great benefits; great learning and development resources

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Redmond, WA (US)

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

ProsSmart colleagues, very friendly casual work atmosphere, opportunity for career advancement, and amazing benefits (yes, perhaps still the best in any where in the Puget Sound). The company and management cares about your well-being.

ConsMost everyone is absorbed in the stack ranking mastery and staying safe; very little innovation, creative thinking, problem solving, or taking initiative. Much energy is put on internal systems and fitting in to the same box. Not much inspiring, pioneering, diverse, or authentic thinking (employees and leadership); more of the same type, old-fashioned, skill maintenance emphasis.

Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage employees to Think Different! Reward those who come up with new things. Loosen the grip on forced compliance. Let employees be authentic not robotic. Be open to look around and learn from cool new things-irrespective of where it comes from.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

ProsI love working for Microsoft, the environment is laid back, we can make our own schedules, free beverages, etc.

ConsThe biggest problem I had working here, was the commute.

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Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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