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Microsoft Reviews

Updated 17 December 2014
Updated 17 December 2014
8,771 Reviews
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Microsoft Laid Off

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Bellevue, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Bellevue, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Technology - exposure to many different technologies and opportunities to dive deeply
    Benefits - time off, stocks, health care, company store products
    Diverse businesses - you can find many cultures across teams, many areas to focus on, different work life balance
    Flexibility - generally, doing your work and doing it well, regardless of where you are doing it from, is all that is expected
    Civic minded - the company's Giving Campaign with the 100% matching fund and interest in giving back to community
    Immigration help - a generally stellar legal team to walk you through the process

    Cons

    Inflexibility - Large company so slow to respond sometimes
    Sometimes too process heavy
    Cronyism can thrive in teams as a result of the large size of the company
    Recognition and Rewards system encouraged backstabbing and was generally an unhealthy process
    Lack of diversity - women, people of color

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more agile, invest in STEM and minority groups and recruit from this population.
    Continue to tweak the Rewards and Recognition system and make it more transparent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fasten Seatbelt for Change

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, security, but experience 100 percent dependent on your manager and workgroup. There is no such thing as One Microsoft from a personal experience perspective. If you don't like your group, move. It's a well resourced company with a lot of smart people and some of the world's most interesting challenges to work on. Good opportunity to work globally and learn a ton about business if in the right role.

    Cons

    Massive change at mid-senior management level right now. Very little direction can make it hard to see big picture at the functional and workgroup level. All old systems seem to be scrapped and tagged "bad" without anything to replace them which can be touch with such a large beast to maneuver, new CEO, lots of new people in charge. Will take another year for changes to net out to really evaluate what it's like as a place to work. Disappointing to see last round of layoffs - lots of great people and not a lot of explanation. Morale at risk in many groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lock your org charts for awhile. Teach new managers how to manage AND lead. Get more granular than current vision. Value people.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sr. Solution Mgr

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Career Opportunities, fast paced, great benefits, and innovative

    Cons

    lots of change in culture and direction from Sr leadership

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Program Manager, MACH

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Got to experience multiple roles and work in multiple teams as part of the MACH rotational program. Its a valuable experience in gaining skills in different roles quickly and learning how various teams work. It also allowed me to understand the breadth of Microsoft.

    Satisfaction of working on projects that eventually do impact many people. You can find great mentors and smart colleagues here to learn from and work with. The culture is very respectful and completely non-discrimanatory.

    Cons

    Political bureaucracy holds ups projects, everything moves slow because the company is too big and cannot move things fast enough, not through through decisions like removing FTE testers and PMs only to replace them with vendor testers and PMs because their teams were not prepared to switch to the new model of just developer and few PMs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In a company of 1:4 ratio of women:men, its important to focus on the behavioral tendencies of women and men. Its hard for women to deal with the sometimes aggressive way men talk in meetings and how managers wrongly perceive females to be performing not as well as males because women are not as out-spoken.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Premier Field Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits and perks are exceptional and endless amount of resources for training. No pension.

    Cons

    Too many reorganizations. Changed management several times over the past few years. Company is huge and you are a small part. Several managers are too technical and do not know how to manage. It is a cut throat environment and highly competitive, which doesn't allow for good team dynamics.
    The company does not focus on customer service. Field engineers are highly technical, but lack the soft skills. Performance reviews are not based off customer reviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your subordinates and stop being yes-mans to upper management. Look at the gray area and not just the metrics.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Consulting

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    The place to be for all things latest.

    Cons

    Decision making could be better streamlined.

  8.  

    Good company to work for, balancing work and life is the employees responsibility.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good job perks, good benefits, good global working experience. New CEO is going in a positive direction.

    Cons

    Once you reach a certain level there is little opportunity for growth. It appears that those whom are most successful don't have a fair work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    you can focus on your work without distractions

    Cons

    very corporate, very geeky culture

  10.  

    great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great benefits and flexible times

    Cons

    Have to fit into the corporate model.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Management cares about employees, great benefits, room for advancement.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Benefit and opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Location parking can be difficult depending on time of year and day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

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