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Microsoft Reviews

Updated 18 December 2014
Updated 18 December 2014
8,773 Reviews
3.7
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Review Highlights

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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Turning into the Walmart of the Tech Industry

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 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
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Smart people who focus on achieving their own "objectives"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Political, stale and unimaginative

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 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
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  5.  

    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

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 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 (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
  8.  

    Great Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9.  

    A great tech company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Almost a great place to work ..

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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

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