Microsoft Reviews

Updated 30 August 2014
Updated 30 August 2014
7,978 Reviews

3.8
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 688 reviews)

  • Tons of super smart people working for the right reasons - to make a difference (in 893 reviews)


Cons
  • And there are times when the workload may impede on your work-life balance (in 476 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist (in 369 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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 for 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    More cons than pros

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager  in  Sydney
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Sydney

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for 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
  3.  

    Highly complex org structure, all innovation Seattle only

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales  in  Melbourne
    Former Employee - Regional Sales in Melbourne

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for 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
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    No

    • Comp & Benefits
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    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
  6.  

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

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    The once passionate and driven culture is gone..

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and work life balance if you work at it. You'll get to work with some super smart and inspiring people every day. You'll get great access to gadgets to show off. The customers are generally great to work with and you'll be challenged and empowered often.

    Cons

    Recognition is basically non existent if you're a head down bum up type of person. Its about who you know and how loud you can tout yourself rather than the work you do. The review process is unfair and punishes high performers just to satisfy the 'bell curve'. Middle management are all about their own careers and manage upwards. They'll also have no issues shifting the blame to team members to save themselves. Base salaries are low, especially if you're an ex graduate, but there is the potential to make up a decent salary with your bonuses (if you meet all of your targets and your boss likes you). Being younger also doesn't do you any favours. Your career progression will be heavily based on your age rather than your proven capability. You'll also get less respect and remuneration in role compared to older peers, even if you are performing at a higher level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a middle management team who know how to manage people! Recognise those that do a great job and give ex graduates the same level of opportunities and remuneration as other employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Bitter and old

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Some great products and a great history.

    Cons

    Old, bitter culture. Very easy to do nothing but just go to meetings and ask tough questions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be human, not robots... feedback is too robotic and there is too much of it for minor things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for some

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    So much money - great benefits, good salaries and plenty of ability to do nothing at all.

    Cons

    Can be boring as hell.

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Turning into the Walmart of the Tech Industry

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager  in  Sydney
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Sydney

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work/life balance
    Access to the latest technology
    Alright benefits

    Cons

    Review process is shocking, you are literally competing with your peers so you just don't want others to do well
    It's all about self promotion, you need to make sure you send out updates to the whole company to increase your visibility
    Spend way too much time in front of spreadsheets reporting on the business and not enough time with customers and partners
    Too focused on beating the competition rather than looking at what is best for the customer
    Field marketing teams focusing more and more on localisation of US creative
    Loss of autonomy for creative and innovative thinkers
    Low morale with staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in leaders who are want to innovate and provide creative thinkers autonomy
    Rehaul the review process
    Too many business ops individuals running the place - great for the short term but will terrible for the short term

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Smart people who focus on achieving their own "objectives"

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  North Ryde
    Former Employee - Manager in North Ryde

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great brand awareness and large organisation benefits. A few intelligent people who make coming to work a good experience. Nice looking offices and travel to the USA once a year for training. If you're female and want a shortcut and career advancement apply immediately!

    Cons

    Very factional environment and if you're not 'in' with the right people you'll not get any opportunities for advancement, currently very strict on female hires and advancement for ladies. Very cut throat environment with really bad behaviour at all levels that seem to be rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of top 3 layers of local management, bring in real Microsoft people to fix the current culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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