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Updated 31 January 2015
Updated 31 January 2015
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 859 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 991 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 552 reviews)

  • Performance review system basically encourage competition inside the team (in 400 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Director
    Current Employee - IT Director

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Lots of learnings, career progression and being treated well despite some normal corp. hick-ups

    Cons

    workforce reduction and performance management of people is out of control. Managing out since4-5 years about 40% of people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do structural changes once and not salami tactics. It destroys morale and culture. Remember "Culture eats strategy for breakfast (Peter Drucker, Warren Buffet)". So put culture 1st and strategy 2nd.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Depends a lot on your team/boss

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Everyone knows who they are. You can move around. I enjoyed the new teams and areas the best (like online services) where it was easier to break into the ranks because no one was a specialist yet.

    Cons

    The culture was very backstabbing. There are some great people some who I still keeping touch with but you have to try very hard to not get sucked into the hyper competitive ugly side that years of stack ranking and culling has driven.

    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Contractors are treated like robots.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance. Activity based workpalce.

    Cons

    Poor treatment to contractors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drive the company culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great culture, very US centric

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance / flexibility - empowered to work however/whenever to achieve your role
    People are generally great
    Activity based working environment
    Opportunities to travel to the US

    Cons

    Overly metric and scorecard focussed rather than focussing on the "why" we do things
    Lack of career opportunities in Australian subsidiary (unless you are mobile to go offshore)
    Money is very tightly controlled - not a lot of funds for morale etc and it sucks having to fly to the US in economy class
    Managers don't spend much time focussing on your career - its every man for himself

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more time in career development and actually coaching your employees
    Get people engaged with the "why" we do things and get better at change management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Great company - great benefits - poor work-life balance/middle management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond

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

    Pros

    Work with very smart people, great compensation/benefits package, great impact in pretty much anything you do.

    Cons

    Very poor EQ in some management, poor team work, people are after their own interest. Stack-ranking system was "discontinued" opening, but still there behind doors. Not a whole lot of collaboration spirit in general.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparent accountability in the overall health of their teams. Value work-life balance at higher levels, if management has no life, it is hard to thrive in overall healthy life style. Good management removes blocks and provides guidance, not the opposite.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Metrics. It is all about the Metrics

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Evangelist in Sydney
    Former Employee - Technical Evangelist in Sydney

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good employer with great benefits. Work from home/remote major benefit

    Cons

    Metrics to death. Scorecards until the cows come home

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think long term!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    More cons than pros

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Sydney
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Sydney

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

    Pros

    - 70% can get away with doing mediocre work, with minimal effort, and still get a great salary.
    - Ability to work from home
    - benefits such as health care
    - most of the products truly sell themselves

    Cons

    - all about metrics, spreadsheets, reporting on the past vs. making real impact for the future.
    - No real power to influence most marketing, creative, product, or strategy unless you work in Redmond. Marketing positions should be renamed to 'spreadsheet manager'.
    - Budget cuts every year make you feel like a loser in a company with tremendous revenue growth - always expected to do more with less every year.
    - POLITICAL warfare. Get far by shouting your mediocre work from the rooftops vs. doing stellar work and actually spending time with customers and partners.
    It's more about how well you can get into the good books of key managers vs creating a positive impact/doing a great job.
    If you love to brown nose, trample your colleagues and managers to make your way to higher positions... It's a good place for you to work.
    - Many managers with very low to no emotional intelligence.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Highly complex org structure, all innovation Seattle only

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Sales in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Regional Sales in Melbourne

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Global company. OK pay and conditions.

    Cons

    All tech and product innovation out of Seattle. C grade middle management end up hiring more C and D grade people. Repeat for 20 years and you have an explanation as to why most new things they do end up sucking. If you are not in sales or service support and don;t live in Seattle you are a nobody.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break the closed middle management culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    No

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    This is really annoying go away

    Cons

    Pits awful and political, shocking

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great learning experience, but be prepared for internal politics if you want to stay onboard

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good working environment, treated well with flexible working opportunities and if well organised can create a good work/life balance

    Cons

    Very important to self promote internally, it's more about who you know rather than what you do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Like pretty much everyone else has told you, cut the bureaucratic red tape and the obsession with scorecards, need to focus on actually delivering the message you push onto your employees (focus on customers).

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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