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    Thoughts after 10 years....

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    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 Management

    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. Helpful (2)

    Business Administrator

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

    I have been working at Microsoft (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Individual office, casual dress (I wear jeans and sneakers). Great time off - 3 weeks of vacation for new employees plus two weeks of sick time and two floating holidays, along with paid holidays off.

    Cons

    tied to email. Frustrating to take time off, but feel you have to monitor your email or you are buried in it when you return.

    Advice to Management

    Don't review Business Administrators the same way you do everyone else. We have a ceiling to our growth. Stop asking long term BA's what we need to learn and what we can do to grow.

  3. SharePoint Project Manager

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Intern - Project Manager in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Intern - Project Manager in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, Great team, always gave really good feedback. If you're an Intern they are always looking out for you trying to help you get a vendor role before your internship ends.

    Cons

    Huge workload even when I went home I still had tons of work to do

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  5. Data Specialist

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Data Specialist in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Contractor - Data Specialist in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture for exercise, learning, and generating ideas

    Cons

    Difficult to get into a full-time position

  6. Great team; great manager; location sucks

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

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team with a really understanding manager
    A lot of autonomy along constant constructive feedback
    Food was pretty good
    Friendly culture
    Coworkers much older than me (which is both good and bad)
    No need to stay late if you consistently get the job done

    Cons

    Redmond sucks - it's boring and the weather is bad
    It can be hard to get noticed in such a big company
    Pay is OK but not great, especially compared to recent Silicon Valley companies
    Middle management is good, but some of the upper level decisions are questionable

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring/promoting great managers

  7. Service Engineer - Support

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, Pay, Telecommute, charity. Open culture.

    Cons

    Constant staff disruption. Management turnover high.

  8. Big but flexible for SW engineers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong software engineering practices
    Fairly easy to move between groups
    Much improved review system
    Good salary/benefits

    Cons

    Overly political at times
    High variance in agility in different groups

    Advice to Management

    Fix the politics with group rewards

  9. Enterprise Sales Director

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enterprise Sales Director in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Enterprise Sales Director in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible hours and good comp overall.

    Cons

    Less exciting I suppose than what's going on in the valley.

  10. Nice company with cool culture

    Former Contractor - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Contractor - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    no licence issue, good culture, nice work environment

    Cons

    too much going on, no focus

  11. Great out of college opportunity, great people, but poor management

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Really great learning experience for PM's right out of college (not many companies let new grads define user experience)
    -Mostly good people (for the most part), both on the engineering, product, and design disciplines
    -Really cool projects (in some areas of the company)

    Cons

    -Not much executive vision, a lot of top down decision making
    -Reward structure / promotions highly correlated to how much your boss likes you the visibility you get on your projects (vs. actual customer value you deliver)
    -Slow career growth trajectory

    Advice to Management

    -Boot executives with poor vision for their areas
    -Trust your reports on their recommendations, as they are closest to the customer & the development issues

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