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Updated 29 January 2015
Updated 29 January 2015
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3.7
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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. 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 (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
  2.  

    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
  3. 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.

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  5. 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 (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
  6. 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 (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
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Political, stale and unimaginative

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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 (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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (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
  9.  

    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

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (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
  11.  

    Great Company

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (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

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