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Updated 27 April 2015
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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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  1. Program manager

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    nice and open minded people. great work environment. learn a lot from my mentor and boss here, and they become my role model for my future career.

    Cons

    the work load sometimes is too much, not much about work-life balance here. everybody works really hard to keep their roles.

    Advice to Management

    great management, as far as I am concerned

  2. Helpful (1)

    great company, lots of room to move - if you're full time

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great culture, always trying to improve, company is starting to turn things around after missing the device revolution boat on the consumer side, lots of career opportunities (if you're an FTE)

    Cons

    just like any big company lots of red tape to get anything done, contractors are treated like a different class of people

    Advice to Management

    start treating your contractors like real people, and give local regions more autonomy to do apply optimal strategies to their own markets

  3. Great company to work for.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great salary
    Interesting Projects
    Good technical skills

    Cons

    A lot of travel
    Slow career development

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  5. Overall positive. Local management team (Australia) needs an upgrade.

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    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Manager in Sydney
    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Manager in Sydney

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Above average compensation if you hit your numbers. Office culture - and products - focused on productivity from anywhere, so working in the office all the time is not required. Above average training. People are always willing to help.

    Cons

    Very much "DIY" culture. Many, many, many metrics to meet, reports to file, dashboards to fill in. As a salesperson, I experienced that the internal measurement was more important than the customer. Senior management locally in the AUS subsidiary needs a radical upgrade. Previous EPG lead was a bully who finally left the company in SEPT 2014. More of the sr. mgt team - who are cronies of the AUS MD - need to be replaced by experienced professionals. Untalented people are constantly promoted due to tenure - oftentimes, MSFT has been the only place they've worked in the past 15 years. This sustains the internally focused mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Make room for others at the top. Stop promoting the same old people to high-level jobs. People who have never carried a sales bag are running sales teams. People who have never worked anywhere other than MSFT are passed over for deserved promotions.

  6. Great Company

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    Current Employee - IT Director
    Current Employee - IT Director

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  7. Depends a lot on your team/boss

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    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.

  8. Contractors are treated like robots.

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work life balance. Activity based workpalce.

    Cons

    Poor treatment to contractors.

    Advice to Management

    Drive the company culture.

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

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    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  10. Great culture, very US centric

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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

  11. Helpful (2)

    Metrics. It is all about the Metrics

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    Former Employee - Technical Evangelist in Sydney
    Former Employee - Technical Evangelist in Sydney

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Metrics to death. Scorecards until the cows come home

    Advice to Management

    Think long term!

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