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Updated Apr 15, 2014
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

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Pros:
  • "Good work/life balance, if you are in the right division or have the right manager"
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  • "Some smart people in pockets but not many of them great at politics so marginalized"
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Cons:
  • "No work-life balance, stack ranking review process brought unfairness to some"
    in 409 reviews
  • "Tiered review system (which is changing this year but haven't experienced it yet)"
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Great learning & development, huge brand, lost their way of late.

Account Manager (Current Employee)

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

ProsStrong, values based culture (in Australian subsidiary) focused on personal development and rewarding high achievers. Very high average IQ and capability of staff. Good alignment of personal goals to company goals. Great benefits package.

ConsHigh pressure, more and more revenue driven. Quarterly reporting, forecasting, pipeline management is everything, at expense of customer relationship and long term outcomes. Some teams dysfunctional due to poor leadership, not being sorted out.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake a longer term approach, continue to invest in the best and not focus as much on keeping the market happy from one quarter to the next.

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

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Burn you up and spit you out.... "who's next"? All about self promotion

Account Manager (Former Employee)
Sydney

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

ProsStarted off well, used to be very customer focussed, slowly declined with less and less focus on their customers
great products and innovating to Cloud strategy that really is very good
Used to be a good Brand Name

ConsAll about internal self promotion, not about the results you produced
Management were all about themselves, covering their own backsides, disappearing when a deal went bad
Bullying seemed to be the only way the inexperienced management could deal with the pressure from above
30-40% increase in Quota year on year - not sustainable...mmmmm
Success measurements became all about complicated scorecarding, just make sure it is 'Green', "I do not care how you make it turn Green ?"
What a pity because this was a great company to be associated with..... truly.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart being honest with yourselves, taking more time to manage vs. Management by Scorecards
Your staff and customers should be top priority, not your Scorecard turning green
Too many long termers that can do no wrong

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Company

Marketing (Former Employee)
Sydney

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

ProsMicrosoft is a great company to work for. Compensation & benefits are competitive, work / life balance is great, and career progression opportunities are there if you seek them out.

They work hard at culture, which seems to pay dividends on the whole, though there can be a group vs group mentality at times.

ConsIt is a slow moving beast, and bureaucracy can get in the way of getting things done.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A great tech company

Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
Sydney

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

ProsPeople, benefits, leading edge technologies, work environment

ConsGrowing bureaucracy, growing focus on short term revenue

Advice to Senior ManagementInspire people with long term vision

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

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Almost a great place to work ..

Sales Manager (Current Employee)
Sydney

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

ProsGreat facilities
Benefits are of a good standard
Definitely a great place to get exposure to the industry
Some amazing people work here

ConsManagement talent is severely lacking
Unashamedly progression is about 'who you know'
Office politics is out of control
Most actions from a meeting = have another meeting

Advice to Senior ManagementFlatten the company
Try and recruit more from within
Ideally employ managers with an appreciation of the roles they support

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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I wanted to "change the world" and in small ways I think I did

Various Technical and Consulting Roles (Former Employee)
Sydney

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

ProsYou get to work with some very smart people. Always new challenges to take on and being a global company there are a variety of opportunities to take on if you wish

ConsThe review system was never well done, in spite of promises to the contrary good people get pushed down to fit a curve.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to get back to the innovative core that you once were. I can't help thinking that the company got scared by the whole FTC debacle. Yes, some of what came out was right, and changes had to be made. But now the company seems scared to take a risk because it might get them in trouble.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Do your home work

Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
Sydney

I worked at Microsoft

ProsBrand Name
Great Office
On-site Parking
Software discounts

ConsMarketing is a function where most people have deadend jobs. There is literally no career path for Marketing within Microsoft - people keep switching between same level jobs to the point that they literally unemployable anywhere else. As a whole, marketing in any technology company is seen as a support function and all you are doing in Microsoft is changing a few brochures here or there or organizing exhibition booths - there are no budgets, no energy, no creativity, no branding, no respect, no sales/profit responsibility and little or no data. Whatever little marketing Microsoft does happens in Redmond - Marketing Managers in regional offices will be lucky if they did more marketing than Marketing Assistants in their previous companies.

Marketing titles are misleading and highly inflated. A Marketing Manager in Microsoft is literally a graduate level job. Once you are done with Microsoft, you have learnt nothing new to help you move into a different sector and there are very few technology companies who hire Marketing people. If you look up profiles of past Marketing Managers on Linked In, you will get a good sense of what I am talking about.

Other issues are:
- No career progression in Marketing
- Too much politics
- Little diversity
- Too much red-tape
- Very hard to move between roles
- Forget any aspirations to manage people

And your past background doesn't matter at all. Even if you managed $200 million budget and a team of 10 brand managers, you are literally starting at the same place as someone who had 2-3 years of Microsoft experience.

Advice to Senior Management- Have clear Marketing career paths
- Allow more creativity
- Give them so money
- Add Marketing Development programs

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good experience

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Melbourne

I have been working at Microsoft

ProsGreat colleagues, friendly work environment

ConsNot great leadership, rarely interested in staff

Advice to Senior ManagementWe'd benefit from managers who manage.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A great place to work

Channel Manager (Former Employee)
Sydney

I worked at Microsoft

ProsLoads of opportunity in lots of different areas at Microsoft, you just have to want it bad enough. Great culture, they live their values and appreciate diversity.

ConsMicrosoft has lost their way in a number of areas and are being outplayed by more nimble competitors. This can be frustrating.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more flexible and agile when taking new initiatives to market, instead of needing umpteen levels of approval. More local sign-off rather than waiting for head office.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Company to work for

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
North Sydney

I have been working at Microsoft

ProsExcellent work life balance
Excellent resources & technology
Great pay for contractors
Great benefits for full-time staff
Great partys !

ConsHard to get an FTE position
Pay could be better for FTE
No benefits, annual leave for contractors but the pay is great

Advice to Senior ManagementHire more FTEs and less contractors

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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