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Has Microsoft got better as a company compared to a few years ago?

Was realy hoping to get some opinions on this topic.

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Biggest mistake of my entire career was not joining MSFT much much earlier. IMO this is a fantastic company to work for. Is everything great 100% of the time - NO, but what job ever is? Do you have an opportunity to learn and grow - yes, is the salary comparable - yes, are benefits good - yes, stock awards and bonuses are good. I am on the services side (consulting delivery), but I can honestly say I really don't know what is bad about where i work in Microsoft except a few things (1) the managers are NOT that good and I am talking DMMs here - I've had 4 managers in 5 years and I can only say all 5 have been the worse managers I have had in my 30 year career, and (2) they don't get rid of dead weight - we have ALOT of people that are not good at their jobs, but they won't get rid of them, and (3) I do not come to work to hear people talk about social issues and feel MSFT gives far too much time to certain ethnic groups for that type of discussion in meetings - I really am over this and don't want it shoved down my throat at work. 'Nuff Said.

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Business Insider

Microsoft asks staff each year if they think their compensation is competitive. Leaked poll results show a declining share say yes.

ASHLEY STEWART MAY 29, 2020

55% of employees surveyed said their combined salary, bonuses, and equity is competitive with similar jobs at other companies, according to sources, down from 57% in 2019, 61% in 2018, and 65% in 2017.

Some current and former employees told Business Insider there are other benefits to working at Microsoft that make up for comparatively lower pay, such as superior work-life balance and the company's mission.

Do you work at Microsoft? Contact this reporter via encrypted messaging app Signal (+1-425-344-8242) or email ([email protected]).

Microsoft conducts an annual survey, dubbed "MS Poll" internally, to gauge how employees feel about company leadership, work-life balance, compensation, and benefits. All Microsoft employees take the poll and receive results about their teams, organizations, and the company overall.

Business Insider received pay-specific poll results for the overall company and confirmed the results with multiple sources. We are not naming the sources because they are not authorized to speak on internal company matters.

This year, 55% of employees surveyed said their pay package, including base salary, bonuses, and equity, is competitive with similar jobs at other companies, according to the sources. The deadline for the poll was in March.

That's down from 57% in 2019, 61% in 2018, 65% in 2017, and 67% in both 2016 and 2015, the sources said. Microsoft declined to comment.

A total of 71% of employees said there's a "reasonable balance" between what they contribute to Microsoft and what they get in return, down slightly from 74% in 2019. The percentage of employees who believe Microsoft's benefits are competitive with other companies, 71%, has remained the same.

Employees say Microsoft is a good place to work, regardless of pay
Microsoft has been dealing with employee concerns about pay for years.

Microsoft in 2018 awarded special stock awards worth as much as $100,000 to some engineers, which came as a surprise to both the employees and their managers. The stock awards vested progressively, which means employees get more if they stick around longer. Microsoft didn't give a reason for the bonuses at the time, but employees speculated the awards were meant to make signing bonuses attached to offers from other companies seem less attractive.

Meanwhile, industry data suggests engineers at Google and Facebook earn more than their peers at Microsoft.

Levels.fyi, a website where engineers submit their pay and total compensation in their jobs, shows higher compensation estimates for engineers at Facebook and Google compared to Microsoft. For example, at the more senior levels, a Level 5 Google engineer makes an estimated $345,188 in total annual compensation while an E5 Facebook engineer makes around $363,430. Similar levels at Microsoft fetch an estimated $221,078 and $304,743, respectively.

Google and Facebook also employ more people in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the cost of living is high, although some of the employees who spoke to Business Insider believe there is a pay gap even in Microsoft's hometown in the Seattle area.

But current and former employees who spoke to Business Insider said there are benefits that make Microsoft an attractive workplace regardless of their paycheck, such as a superior overall work-life balance, health care, retirement and other benefits, and the company's overall purpose and mission, which some of the sources said seems more altruistic than that of other big technology companies. The identities of these sources are known to Business Insider.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella brought in $42.9 million in total pay during the company's last fiscal year, about 249 times more than Microsoft's median employee, who, the company said, made $172,512 in the same period.

An investor at the company's annual shareholder meeting in December asked Microsoft's board to justify Nadella's compensation, and Chairman John Thompson quickly responded by pointing to the company's supercharged stock performance under Nadella, as well as the cultural and strategic changes Nadella has spearheaded.

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Post ID: @5ildb+ZZsCZr9

Microsoft has never been a "better" nor good company. It is a evil big corporation that steals money from other companies and societal overall through forced licensing with excessively expensive prices and lawsuit threats, forced updates that are actually Trojan horses disabling features.
Remember that rich devil Bill gates stole ideas of GUI operation system from IBM and other previous co workers - Linux and Mac graphical O.S. came before Windows, . He forced tyrannical oppressive policies and patent trolling and thieving acts: especially massive wage thefts against its employees) to get rich through fraudulent and deceitful means, he certainly did not earn it all.. He is an evil robber baron billionaire putting up a fake philanthropic charade with zero accountability and tons of corrupt cutbacks and selfish evil hidden agendas and political buyouts, and STILL greedily hoarding fame and fortune: which explains why he is still a stinking rich billionaire.

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Post ID: @3Kbbg+ZZsCZr9

no. dead weights still survive by either sticking with lower important groups or by moving position every other year.

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Post ID: @tmmf+ZZsCZr9

yes I believe Microsoft has strong leadership who is willing to take bold steps. there has been changes but it stems from reorg, from reorienting the company to be more Cloud and digital transformation oriented

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Post ID: @cjlf+ZZsCZr9

Define a “few”. 2? 5? 10? Kind if important

Overall yes, its improving slowly, though there are some issues, which every company has.

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