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Updated 1 March 2015
Updated 1 March 2015
9,246 Reviews
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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.  

    Microsoft is a great company with a solid vision, but just needs a little something extra to make it back to relevancy.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good life/work balance, opportunities to work abroad, continual role progression, love activity based working (ie. no more cubicles!)

    Cons

    High levels of bureaucracy, office politics play a major factor in being "successful", limited understanding at a corp level on what really happens in local markets, contractors treated completely different to full time staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more risks, be willing to back yourselves, remove red tape and let local markets make their own decisions on how to best service their customers, treat your contractors like real people!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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

  3.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Manager in Sydney
    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Manager in Sydney

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company

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    • 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
  6.  

    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)

    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
  7.  

    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)

    Pros

    Work life balance. Activity based workpalce.

    Cons

    Poor treatment to contractors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drive the company culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Great culture, very US centric

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    • 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
  9.  

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

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    • 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Metrics. It is all about the Metrics

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    • 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
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    More cons than pros

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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

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