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Microsoft Reviews in Redmond, WA

Updated 30 January 2015
Updated 30 January 2015
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 859 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 991 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 552 reviews)

  • Performance review system basically encourage competition inside the team (in 400 reviews)

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  1. 458 people found this helpful  

    Thoughts after 10 years....

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA (US)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Company is very forward-looking with the new leadership (Satya). Culture is rapidly evolving to be caught up with, or ahead of, the competition. Wide reach, with lots of opportunities to make an impact on the world.

    Time-off is very flexible. Work-life balance is well managed on most teams.

    Cons

    Lots of legacy/historical process slowing down the company, making work frustrating at times. Currently a lot of churn to reach "ideal state" as quickly as possible (as mentioned in the pros). Company culture is still not very in-tune with the rest of the market and how competitors do their business at a tactical level, but this is improving in the last year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience and culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Free drinks, morale events, generally professional and courteous attitudes, high level of talent and professionalism among employees

    Cons

    24/7 on-call responsibilities for Azure, although rotations are much less frequent than at many web services companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Nice career job--great exposure to cool technology--until the layoffs

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great salary, smart people to work with

    Cons

    Insular -- if you're not using 100% Microsoft products, you're seen as a traitor, rather than keeping your skills current in the job market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be proactive about the success of your direct reports

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Microsoft is coming back -- slowly

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    There is a very serious will to change the culture in Microsoft
    Great engineering foundation, and tons of experienced people to learn from

    Cons

    As the title says, the change is happening but slowly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't fight change, embrace it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A decent place to work in

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    work life balance is good

    Cons

    too much re-org
    leadership changes too often

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Exciting work, great pay and benefits, ability to use new technology. Microsoft is a place where you can easily move around to work on new challenges when you are ready.

    Cons

    Lack of free food that is seen in many tech companies. Health care is no longer free, but they do provide money each year to cover a portion of what you might have to pay, so you just have to save that up for 2 years to no longer have to pay anything out of pocket.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide free snacks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Best company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    smart people and lots of things to do if you want to change fields or roles

    Cons

    Nothing major just the usual politics of a big company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Software Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    great office settings where everyone gets his or her own office, brightest college to work with, friendly environment, flexible working hours, big organization offers many opportunities to learn and grow, best place to advance in your domain knowledge and technical background

    Cons

    frequent reorg and direction change and unstable team organizations
    location (in Seattle) is not very ideal unless you love the rain

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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