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Microsoft Reviews

Updated 20 November 2014
Updated 20 November 2014
8,604 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 833 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 975 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 543 reviews)

  • Review system that pushes people to look out for themselves instead of being team focused (in 398 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technical PM

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Principal Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Work along side smart, dedicated people.
    A tremendous fresh focus on customer experience and everyone can engage directly with customers for feature, design or other feedback.
    Flexibility (for the most part) on work schedule with core hours from 10-6pm.

    Cons

    Re-orgs happen a lot at MSFT where you find yourself with a new boss or part of another organization. That experience means your the expert in your area and having to educate, prove your worth to the new manager.
    In the services world, it's pretty much 24x7 with email constantly flowing and there are on call rotations for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Working across teams to implement a feature takes more time to talk about it and get alignment than to write & test the code. Become more agile in decision making and reduce the amount of PPT decks that essentially create a 2 month planning cycle. Train all managers on diversity (not just cultural but also style).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Microsoft is OK

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Salary is OK. A lot of team to choose.

    Cons

    Microsoft technical is not welcomed outside of Microsoft.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart developers, PM org needs an overhaul

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Smart developers, recent changes in org. are exciting. You learn a lot by staying in the engineering team as a developer.

    Cons

    but PM team is still largely irrelevant and slows the company down. Not sure if upper management sees it. Almost EVERYONE at the individual contributor level certainly does. PMs are mostly team admins, schedule meetings, write basic specs based on what they learn about the feature from their devs. Their specs serve no purpose other than to make themselves and their management feel useful. They are not at all technical and overall just slow down the system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    OVERHAUL the PM team. You are wasting resources, and making your bright, overworked peers in other disciplines feel disgruntled because the PM team is compensated at par for doing A LOT less.

    Ask upper management what they expect from PMs as individual contributors. Then ask your ground troops (ICs) how PMs really contribute. Notice the disconnect and hear frank opinions. By NO MEANS can you claim they deserve to be treated at par with the engineering org in the CSP

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    Good to work. Diverse work force. Can meet and work with best minds in industry. You learn a lot everyday. Good worklife balance if you manage pressure and work.

    Cons

    Need to be more transparent. Some HR policies are just for name sake. Need more transparency there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    The constant change at Microsoft

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Test Lead in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Principal Test Lead in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cool technology, decent amount of freedom to move around the company if desired and beautiful campus

    Cons

    Constant changes in the organization structure makes it hard to stay focused on anything for more than a year. Hard to build expertise because of that.
    Decline of benefits over the past 6-8 years has made the company's morale decline substantially.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the re-orgs and let people focus on the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Many opportunities for working on a variety of projects

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of great tech, good salary/benefits/bonus, large customer base.

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be challenging, lots of negotiations to get things done.

  8.  

    A Great Place to Work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Content Project Manager in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Content Project Manager in Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Microsoft offers the best of everything, and you'll have the opportunity to work on world-class problems to create world class solutions where ever you work. Amazing smart people.

    Cons

    Its big, it can be tough, and it isn't always a clear path in terms of work or your career path. Often you not the first to market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck with all of the organization changes. Don't forget what makes Microsoft great. Be good to your people, they are your greatest asset.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It was a great experience with extraordinary people!

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -> professional people, passionate about their work
    -> relaxed working environment
    -> a culture based on the quality of the product more than a fast release

    Cons

    -> sometimes too slow
    -> bottlenecks may appear which keep you from smoothly develop your product

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Workplace

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Everything about the place, professional and look after staff brilliant. The facilities are great. Location excellent. Canteen is great. Great value for money. The system in which the department i work in is very professional and everyone knows what is required of them. I highly recommend Microsoft as a place to work. Its growing and the staff are treated the same way. Its such a friendly envoirnment. I cant think of one bad thing to say about the whole place.

    Cons

    Vendors dont get the same benefits as FT staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Annual review

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    personal growth and opportunities are very high

    Cons

    there are no cons as such

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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