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Microsoft Benefits

4.4 out of 5 (441 comments)
Most talked about benefits
  • Health Insurance

    "one of the best in the industry" (152 comments)

  • 401K Plan

    "33% match, including "catch-up" contributions; also, special Fidelity Pooled Growth Fund really multiplied investments" (68 comments)

  • Employee Discount

    "Generally, MS (boxed) software at 50-75% off retail" (64 comments)

Benefits Summary

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Family & Parenting

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Perks & Discounts

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Employee Comments

  • Feb 27, 2015
    Former Director, Marketing Operations in Redmond, Washington State

    Microsoft's benefits are outstanding. Although things have been reduced somewhat over the last few years, in order to bring cost down, the company does a great job of taking care of its employees. One of the best benefits packages of any company I've worked for.

  • Feb 27, 2015
    Former Employee in Mountain View, California

    Formerly had what was touted by execs as "the best benefits on the planet" -- this changed with rising health care costs. Instead of paying monthly premiums, the high deductible PPO plan provides what is classified as approved preventative such as yearly health checkup, mammogram and standard meds to still be free. Kaiser is offered also as an option in California as well as an opt out which you can check what compensation may be offered. A non taxed health benefit account is available and is still available to you after you leave.
    There is a partial matching 401k and a very generous over 12k match a year for approved charitable organizations. Cash is matched1:1 and volunteer hours are paid at $17 per hour.
    There is also a non taxable up to $5k a year of your own money that can be applied to childcare for children up to 12 years of age.
    Braces benefit was $1.5k lifetime max paying out at a rate of 50%.
    Stock purchase program provides a 10% discount on set purchase periods twice a year via employee payroll deduction.
    $800 a year wellness program to buy approved equipment, approved classes or gym membership.
    Stock grants were phased out in favor of stock awards which vest over 5 years.
    Perks are more abundant in Redmond.
    Up to $1200 employee store or online store to buy software, hardware at employee discounts using your own money. Software is discounted more than other items. Period runs from July 1 to June 30 and then the amount is reset on July 1.
    Advice would be to weigh benefits vs cash compensation as Microsoft paid below industry in recognition of this.

  • Feb 26, 2015
    Former Senior Program Manager in Bellevue, Washington State

    Outstanding medical, dental, and vision coverage. Generous vacation, work-from-home OK, and 401k matching.

  • Feb 26, 2015
    Current Employee in Charlotte, North Carolina

    Comprehensive - with maximum health coverage, as well as additional perks of $800 toward fitness equip/memberships.

  • Feb 25, 2015
    Current Employee in Seattle, Washington State

    401K - BEST
    Not enough dental - WORST

  • Feb 25, 2015
    Current Employee in Redmond, Washington State

    Health insurance benefits at Microsoft are still one of the best out there (yes, even after they changed it a couple years ago). You still pay $0 premium every month.

  • Feb 24, 2015
    Current Principle Dev manager in Sunnyvale, California

    The number of benefits that exit in Microsoft is extremely mature compared to other companies that I have explored especially for people with families

  • Feb 24, 2015
    Former Employee in Redmond, Washington State

    Great medical and 401k benefits.

  • Feb 24, 2015
    Current Employee in Redmond, Washington State

    Insurance is good and 401K matching is nice

  • Feb 22, 2015
    Current Employee in Redmond, Washington State

    Decent benefits - Better than a typical large software company but not as good as what Google or Facebook offers.

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