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Microsoft Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.6 7,563 reviews

88% Approve of the CEO

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

(605 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber(in 675 reviews)

  • Tons of super smart people working for the right reasons - to make a difference(in 886 reviews)


Cons
  • And there are times when the workload may impede on your work-life balance(in 474 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist(in 367 reviews)

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    Pretty good to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood company to work for

    ConsVery siloed management style which limits empowerment

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

    Account Manager (Former Employee) Sydney

    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

    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

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

    Various Technical and Consulting Roles (Former Employee) Sydney

    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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    Almost a great place to work ..

    Sales Manager (Current Employee) Sydney

    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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    Do your home work

    Marketing Manager (Former Employee) Sydney

    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

    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

    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

    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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