Microsoft Reviews

Updated 30 August 2014
Updated 30 August 2014
7,994 Reviews

3.8
7,994 Reviews
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
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Review Highlights

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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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Political, stale and unimaginative

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Cash - company is sitting on a mountain of cash and can afford to blow big budgets for Marketing campaigns every quarter which makes your job easy.
    Products with significant market share - Windows and Office - as a Marketer, you can expect sales to roll in regardless of how well you do (or in the case of many - don't) your job well

    Cons

    Very political environment - many dinosaurs in this company make it hard to do any real work as everyone is playing games to try to move up the ranks. This is particularly tough for new graduates as they are competing for air time with 15 year old dinosaurs who have strong connections with the SLT
    Unimaginative - Marketing spend is largely focused on dragging competitors' names through the mud and copying features and products

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great learning & development, huge brand, lost their way of late.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

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

    Pros

    Strong, values based culture (in Australian subsidiary) focused on personal development and rewarding high achievers. Very high average IQ and capability of staff. Good alignment of personal goals to company goals. Great benefits package.

    Cons

    High pressure, more and more revenue driven. Quarterly reporting, forecasting, pipeline management is everything, at expense of customer relationship and long term outcomes. Some teams dysfunctional due to poor leadership, not being sorted out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a longer term approach, continue to invest in the best and not focus as much on keeping the market happy from one quarter to the next.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Pretty good to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    Very siloed management style which limits empowerment

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Burn you up and spit you out.... "who's next"? All about self promotion

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Sydney

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

    Pros

    Started off well, used to be very customer focussed, slowly declined with less and less focus on their customers
    great products and innovating to Cloud strategy that really is very good
    Used to be a good Brand Name

    Cons

    All about internal self promotion, not about the results you produced
    Management were all about themselves, covering their own backsides, disappearing when a deal went bad
    Bullying seemed to be the only way the inexperienced management could deal with the pressure from above
    30-40% increase in Quota year on year - not sustainable...mmmmm
    Success measurements became all about complicated scorecarding, just make sure it is 'Green', "I do not care how you make it turn Green ?"
    What a pity because this was a great company to be associated with..... truly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start being honest with yourselves, taking more time to manage vs. Management by Scorecards
    Your staff and customers should be top priority, not your Scorecard turning green
    Too many long termers that can do no wrong

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Marketing in Sydney

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is a great company to work for. Compensation & benefits are competitive, work / life balance is great, and career progression opportunities are there if you seek them out.

    They work hard at culture, which seems to pay dividends on the whole, though there can be a group vs group mentality at times.

    Cons

    It is a slow moving beast, and bureaucracy can get in the way of getting things done.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A great tech company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Sydney
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Sydney

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

    Pros

    People, benefits, leading edge technologies, work environment

    Cons

    Growing bureaucracy, growing focus on short term revenue

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Inspire people with long term vision

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    I wanted to "change the world" and in small ways I think I did

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Various Technical and Consulting Roles  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Various Technical and Consulting Roles in Sydney

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You get to work with some very smart people. Always new challenges to take on and being a global company there are a variety of opportunities to take on if you wish

    Cons

    The review system was never well done, in spite of promises to the contrary good people get pushed down to fit a curve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to get back to the innovative core that you once were. I can't help thinking that the company got scared by the whole FTC debacle. Yes, some of what came out was right, and changes had to be made. But now the company seems scared to take a risk because it might get them in trouble.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Almost a great place to work ..

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager  in  Sydney
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Sydney

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

    Pros

    Great facilities
    Benefits are of a good standard
    Definitely a great place to get exposure to the industry
    Some amazing people work here

    Cons

    Management talent is severely lacking
    Unashamedly progression is about 'who you know'
    Office politics is out of control
    Most actions from a meeting = have another meeting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flatten the company
    Try and recruit more from within
    Ideally employ managers with an appreciation of the roles they support

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Do your home work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Sydney

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Brand Name
    Great Office
    On-site Parking
    Software discounts

    Cons

    Marketing is a function where most people have deadend jobs. There is literally no career path for Marketing within Microsoft - people keep switching between same level jobs to the point that they literally unemployable anywhere else. As a whole, marketing in any technology company is seen as a support function and all you are doing in Microsoft is changing a few brochures here or there or organizing exhibition booths - there are no budgets, no energy, no creativity, no branding, no respect, no sales/profit responsibility and little or no data. Whatever little marketing Microsoft does happens in Redmond - Marketing Managers in regional offices will be lucky if they did more marketing than Marketing Assistants in their previous companies.

    Marketing titles are misleading and highly inflated. A Marketing Manager in Microsoft is literally a graduate level job. Once you are done with Microsoft, you have learnt nothing new to help you move into a different sector and there are very few technology companies who hire Marketing people. If you look up profiles of past Marketing Managers on Linked In, you will get a good sense of what I am talking about.

    Other issues are:
    - No career progression in Marketing
    - Too much politics
    - Little diversity
    - Too much red-tape
    - Very hard to move between roles
    - Forget any aspirations to manage people

    And your past background doesn't matter at all. Even if you managed $200 million budget and a team of 10 brand managers, you are literally starting at the same place as someone who had 2-3 years of Microsoft experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Have clear Marketing career paths
    - Allow more creativity
    - Give them so money
    - Add Marketing Development programs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Melbourne
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great colleagues, friendly work environment

    Cons

    Not great leadership, rarely interested in staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We'd benefit from managers who manage.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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