1. "Fast paced environment with many career opportunities"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solution Sales Specialist in Singapore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you love working in teams in a highly dynamic environment with fast evolving technology, this is an amazing place! With the size of the business, it also brings many career opportunities with colleagues from all over the world. Been here for 8 years and will hang on until they kick me out! Although not easy everyday with the speed of change and the amount of work, I'm having the fun of a lifetime.

    Cons

    The organization is a matrix with multiple stakeholders to manage, if you're an individualist more than a team player, not the place to be. Navigating it to get things done is complex, if you can't deal with internal complexity and sometimes chaos, not the place to be. If you are not comfortable with ambiguity and with change, neither a place to be.

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    Microsoft2019-08-21
  1. "Great company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Humacao, PR

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    benefits, growth opportunities, salary, management

    Cons

    nothing bad to say about the company

    Microsoft2020-06-04
  2. Helpful (1665)

    "Thoughts after 10 years...."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for 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".

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    Microsoft2013-01-29

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