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Updated Apr 16, 2014
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

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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A comfortable, well-paying, steady job with a couple of exciting teams

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Redmond, WA (US)

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

ProsCompensation is competitive with Apple/Google/etc
Work life balance is, from what I hear, better.
Good job security.
Seattle is a very cool place to live.
I enjoy being the underdog. Microsoft hardware is up and coming.

ConsWhile there are a couple of cool projects, I'm waiting for Microsoft to release something exciting. We have been more of a follower so far.

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

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Microsoft is a terrific company

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

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

ProsA lot of opportunities to move around
big transition and re-org
big ecosystem
friendly peers
benefits
good work to life balance

Consbig company, I like this, but others may not.
There are times when it's super busy but it is not always busy.

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

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Great if you're into playing the political game

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

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

ProsGood benefits. Most teams have a reasonable work-life-balance approach (some to not). Great amenities and environment.

ConsA high number of the managers are not good people managers - they are in the role because they are technically excellent etc., but unfortunately that doesn't translate to knowing how to manage and motivate teams. Way too political.

Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management should consider whether people know how to manage people before promoting them into team lead roles

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

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

ProsVery good working environment, friendly and brought in as part of the team. More so then many other contracts. Easy to get along with etc.

ConsStill not actual employee so many events/perks didn't apply, overseas travel with 70+ hour weeks while there. a- contracts require a 100 break after a year

Advice to Senior Managementbe sure contractors are actually being talked to by their agencies. a- contracts suck try to avoid them and v- or hire as much as possible

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Perfect place to work at

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

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

ProsAt Microsoft, you get to work on cutting edge technologies and compensation is more than satisfactory. Maintaining a work-life balance is completely possible. Time off is ample and health benefits are among the best ones offered in the industry even with the recent changes due to spiraling costs. What you do can affect literally millions of people and you have the opportunity to bring about change for the better.

ConsIf you are aiming to become a multimillionaire fast, Microsoft is not the place to work at. (OTOH if you've actually matured into a multi-dimensional person, you realize that you can have a fulfilling life and career at the same time and Microsoft is one of the better places to do that).

The constant second-guessing by the industry wears you down. Work politics can make your life hard but the feeling is that it's going to be much better -- and much more different -- with Satya.

Advice to Senior ManagementKnow your engineers.

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

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Challenging, but rewarding position

Senior Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
Redmond, WA (US)

I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor for more than a year

ProsIt is well established global company that is the leader in its field. You will find some of the brightest minds in the world working here. The experience will help you wherever you decide to go with your career.

ConsAs a large company goes, it can be quite overwhelming to work here. And there are times when the workload may impede on your work-life balance. But, if you can manage it, you will be fine.

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 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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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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