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Microsoft Reviews

Updated 31 January 2015
Updated 31 January 2015
9,049 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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
  2. 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
  3. 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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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    Do your home work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  7.  

    A great place to work

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

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Loads of opportunity in lots of different areas at Microsoft, you just have to want it bad enough. Great culture, they live their values and appreciate diversity.

    Cons

    Microsoft has lost their way in a number of areas and are being outplayed by more nimble competitors. This can be frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible and agile when taking new initiatives to market, instead of needing umpteen levels of approval. More local sign-off rather than waiting for head office.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Sydney
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Sydney

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance
    Excellent resources & technology
    Great pay for contractors
    Great benefits for full-time staff
    Great partys !

    Cons

    Hard to get an FTE position
    Pay could be better for FTE
    No benefits, annual leave for contractors but the pay is great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more FTEs and less contractors

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Stable, safe place to work - pity about the middle management bickering and senior management lack of imagination

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Very stable work environment where you can find a niche and develop over a long period. The level of stress and intensity of work can to some extent be as high or low as you personally choose.

    Cons

    Poor senior management and a middle management that constantly infights, jockeys for position and bickers. Part of your job as a non-manager is to avoid being tangled in this infighting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get over yourselves. Stop making kneejerk reactions to competitive fads - instead focus on delighting customers, innovation and real investment in customer success. Ballmer is no strategic leader - he's a sales leader and without Gates is unable to articulate a vision for the future of Microsoft.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work under the right team

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    great pay and benefits and depending on the team, hours

    Cons

    easy to get lost in the sea of people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make sure to keep the community and camaraderie in teams

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Awesome Place to Work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enterprise Account Manager in North Sydney
    Current Employee - Enterprise Account Manager in North Sydney

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great benefits, definite growth potential, and the people are second to none. I've made a lot of lifelong friends here. It was one of the best experiences I've had yet!

    Cons

    Due to the sheer size of Microsoft there is a bit of bureaucracy you have to negotiate, however things do get accomplished and change does happen just a bit slower than most would like. Other than that it’s a hell of a place to work! Two thumbs up!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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