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Updated Apr 13, 2014
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84% Approve of the CEO

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"
    in 563 reviews
  • "Some smart people in pockets but not many of them great at politics so marginalized"
    in 794 reviews
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)"
    in 352 reviews
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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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Great company and will get better with new CEO

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Microsoft

Pros- Ability to impact to millions of customers
- Good work life balance
- Great HR and focus on employee satisfaction
- Awesome immigration processes
- Philanthropy is encouraged and the best employee giving program on the planet

Cons- Big company challenges of innovating at speed
- Lots of silos and code duplication so each team reinvents the wheel
- Hard to fire people, so even the non-performers with ppl with personal agendas stay for a long time

Advice to Senior Management- Need to start thinking like a start up

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

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Technical Account Manager (Current Employee)
Bangalore (India)

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

Prosgreat place to work with

Consno work life balance will recommend

Advice to Senior Managementbad management

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Infrastructure and People

Senior Software Development Engineer In Test Lead (Current Employee)

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

ProsMicrosoft has unbelievable infrastructure and support to help you get your job done. The people who work here are very smart and passionate. Great pay and benefits.

ConsUpper management is generally promoted from within and does not keep up on industry standards. Culture of doing things the "old way" and reinventing the wheel over and over stifles creativity and agility.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to take more risks or experiment in order to stay relevant. Can't be afraid to bring in industry veterans to manage teams or as high level I/Cs. Management needs to listen to the I/Cs who have very good ideas about the future but get burned out working with old processes.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Relaxed environment

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

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

ProsYou get to work on good algorithms and loads of perks.

ConsAnnual review process is not good and it bitters your relationship with your peers

Advice to Senior ManagementChange the annual review process and just see how one performed rather than doing the stack ranking.

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

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Very good company; great benefits; great learning and development resources

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Redmond, WA (US)

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

ProsSmart colleagues, very friendly casual work atmosphere, opportunity for career advancement, and amazing benefits (yes, perhaps still the best in any where in the Puget Sound). The company and management cares about your well-being.

ConsMost everyone is absorbed in the stack ranking mastery and staying safe; very little innovation, creative thinking, problem solving, or taking initiative. Much energy is put on internal systems and fitting in to the same box. Not much inspiring, pioneering, diverse, or authentic thinking (employees and leadership); more of the same type, old-fashioned, skill maintenance emphasis.

Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage employees to Think Different! Reward those who come up with new things. Loosen the grip on forced compliance. Let employees be authentic not robotic. Be open to look around and learn from cool new things-irrespective of where it comes from.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work!

Program Manager (Current Employee)
Tokyo (Japan)

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

ProsReally good about letting employees consider lateral moves across divisions and disciplines. Fair compensation. Overall, the culture of the company at the working level is constructive and trusting. Nothing better than working with people who want to make a difference.

ConsSenior management (i.e. Partner and up) culture and management acumen is questionable. Still too much internal focus when the energy could be better spent focusing on customers.

Advice to Senior ManagementSenior leaders in Redmond should have a lot more international experience.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to grow your skillset

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Microsoft

ProsSmart people
Work hard and you are rewarded
Great compensation and benefits

ConsDog eat dog world - competitive environment
60 hours a week for managers is not unusual

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Great copmany if you're in a great team

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Microsoft full-time

ProsSmart, ,passionate and friendly people to work with
good work life balance
meaningful/impactful product

ConsThings move slowly sometimes. you need to get so many people to agree on to move forward.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on what's important to the customer and to the company!

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