Microsoft Reviews

Updated 1 October 2014
Updated 1 October 2014
8,179 Reviews
3.8
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 786 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 944 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 511 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist (in 388 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hard to get noticed and good if you do but not great

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    Former Employee - Sales  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Microsoft for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very Good Health Insurance
    Very well recognized
    Good base salary

    Cons

    VERY hard to make a lot of money
    Strange culture
    Not a true meritocracy - much to do with perception - not always reality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come together to push back on silly policies that come from ill-informed top execs.
    Calibration, score card metrics, hurting people for customer service surveys that are not replied to.
    Giving ALL the sales people the Surface but not allowing them to give one to a CIO or CEO of a customer. Many sales people did not even use the Surface they were given - Let that sink in. Give them to ALL your sales folks but not to C levels at your customer or prospects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    I worked for Microsoft

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Looks good on the resume.

    Cons

    managers are a pain in the you know what

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Corporate Reorganizations

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Engineer  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Service Engineer in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, compensation, benefits, and potential bonus/stock based on performance.

    Cons

    Due to recent company wide reorganizations and layoffs there is big lack of job stability, questionable new leadership, and accountability in immediate management structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan ahead, do your homework on what accountability and actual structure means to all levels of the team or group. Be transparent of reviews to really reward star performers and hold management accountable on perceived "good ole boys" club mentality.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Microsoft really cares about employees, growing them and setting them up for long term success. I spent over 8 years at Microsoft, worked with some of the smartest people I have met, had a lot of independence, and the work was really fulfilling. Hours were sometimes long but rarely crazy. Pay is excellent. Benefits are among the best in software companies (I would pick top notch health care, tuition reimbursement, prime discounts and legal plans over free dry cleaning and free food any day).

    Cons

    Different divisions at the company having different perspectives can be demotivating and disappointing for both customers and employees. It is hard to influence top level strategic decisions even if you're pretty senior. If there's one thing I'd change at Microsoft, it'd be to make it a requirement for different divisions to work collaboratively.
    In spite of being a great company that has transformed the world with its products and services and contributed to so many good causes, Microsoft was never perceived to be cool when I worked there and the press and the perception can sometimes make you feel bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please find a way to hire excellent people to Microsoft, especially experienced candidates. The company I joined seems to do a much better job of hiring and retaining experienced candidates. At Microsoft, I saw many people with years of industry experience really struggle to fit in with people who'd spent many years at the company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great company with plenty of opportunities

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II  in  Bellevue, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Bellevue, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Vast number of projects to work on in multiple countries. Pay is consistently in the top 75% percentile. Flexible work hours. For engineers, there's a vast number of levels to grow, which is far different than competitors like Amazon. IC's can potentially earn as much as a VP with the number of levels for growth. Overall, this is a great company for career growth. Pay is 100% performance based now, and favors collaboration over politics. Stack ranking is dead!

    Cons

    Aren't going to get the free perks like you see in competitors in silicon valley, but who really cares. You will most likely make more money at Microsoft and that's more important. Still growth favors type A people. If you aren't one that guides and leads the design and has major influence, your growth and performance awards will be much slower.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go flat org. Get rid of testers and go combined engineering role for 90% of product line. Keep the path and listen to customers. Listen to customers. Listen to customers!!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you don't mind the slow pace.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Desingner  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Desingner in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Microsoft cares about your work/life balance and does a great job keeping you happy.

    Cons

    Very difficult to work on a remote team. If you're outside Redmond, you bang into the ceiling very quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a balance between the engineering-led culture and the need to innovate. Leadership needs to embrace visionary ideas and bring design into the fold at the highest level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Test manager

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    Former Employee - Test Manager  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Test Manager in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and access to tons of resources.
    Engineering teams are brilliant and fun to work with.
    Diverse set of products to work on.

    Cons

    A lot of politics, at times you don't know why the decision was made.
    Some the teams have worse corporate culture.
    The company is lethargic at times reacting to customer needs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of change and the Lay-offs are making everyone nervous

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Satya is bringing in lots of change and it's too soon to tell whether it's for better or worse. Benefits are still excellent, even for an hourly employee like me. It's still VERY DIFFICULT to move from an Admin/Hourly job to a non-hourly role. It can take years to get promoted and there is a definite glass ceiling if you start(ed) as an hourly employee.

    Cons

    Lay-offs are freaking everyone out. I get that we need to make changes, but it's causing a lot of churn as the folks who (thankfully!) still have jobs are being shifted around like assets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being transparent, as much as possible.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting but also very challenging

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A lot of smart people, have met maybe annoying folks but no dummies
    Many, many areas where MS is active so if you like technology, this place will amaze you often
    Salary and benefits if you are successful
    A lot of freedom how to do your job, as long as you meet targets

    Cons

    You have to consider many, many stakeholders all the time, in all levels. Hence quite a political company
    Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role
    Stack ranking: it was to be abbandoned but basically just got rebranded.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Everything is good, work life balance.

    Cons

    Everything is good, work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good

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