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Microsoft Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.6 7,564 reviews

88% Approve of the CEO

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

(605 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber(in 675 reviews)

  • Tons of super smart people working for the right reasons - to make a difference(in 886 reviews)


Cons
  • And there are times when the workload may impede on your work-life balance(in 474 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist(in 367 reviews)

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    It's okay

    Senior Software Development Engineer (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsYou get free pop, the vacation policy is pretty good.

    ConsYou get a lot of stress

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fun at work

    Product Advisor (Former Employee)

    ProsThe job is fun. Who doesn't want to play with technology all day? Better than average pay. Lots of opportunity to grow for the right individuals but may require relocation.

    ConsTypical retail expectations and scheduling. Limited growth at specific locations. Too many false promises of advancement to individuals who may not be qualified.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the fun and be truthful with overzealous employees about advancement opportunities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Led integrated field marketing initiatives for Enterprise and Public Sector sales divisions.

    Senior Marketing Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsVery flexible work environment. Good compensation.

    ConsIf you are not in Seattle/Redmond/Bellevue, WA you have no long term prospects for growing your marketing career beyond a Senior Manager position. Eventually, you will be paid at the high-end of what is allocated for your career band and then you will be managed out, regardless of your performance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClearly define field marketing positions as such and hard-line these roles back into the Sales organizations that they serve.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Big company with a lot of possibilities

    Software Development Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsWork life balance,
    Stay fit program,
    good health insurance program,

    ConsYou will be cornered in the Microsoft stack of technologies

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    Great Company, Could be Better

    Principal Program Manager (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsMicrosoft has a great working atmosphere that is better than most companies in the world. Pay and benefits have improved in the last few years and are hard to beat. Despite many frustrations with the Microsoft is a great company to work for.

    Microsoft is trying to change it's culture to be more contribution and using the ideas of the greater company. It remains to be seen if this will happen. This change in culture will be one of the most positive changes the company has if it is successful. In two years I would love to update this review to see if it really will make an impact.

    ConsWork life balance and internal politics often make the company a frustrating place to work. While I have heard of groups where the work culture is relaxed, I have never seen them or been a part of it. Internal advancement and opportunities can be very frustrating to understand and difficult to understand.

    Many senior and middle managers still believe in a culture of intimidation and oppressive culture. There is a move to try and change this culture but these behaviors are hard change. I have high hopes for Microsoft, though it's future remains cloudy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDiscover how to get the most of company acquisition and learn how to focus on key priorities. Microsoft has yet to successfully acquire a company and have it contribute to the overall Microsoft growth. The Microsoft culture of arrogance and accepting others ideas. Leadership needs to understand that it's parts are greater than the whole.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good learning experience

    Program Manager II (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsGood benefits and career opportunity

    ConsBoy club, bad manager stay because they have good connection.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake employee feedback more seriously.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Finance Analyst

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat pay, great culture, work-life balance, fun rotations

    ConsProgram management is horrible not flexible, full of politics

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent pay and excellent benefits

    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsPay and benefits are very good.
    Have vast educational resources to enhance your tech knowledge

    ConsFavoritism
    work life balance was not there
    changing schedules all the time
    senior mgmt did not know what they were doing

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    SDE

    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) I (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    Prosgood compensation good work life balance

    ConsDepends on the manager , sometimes he is really biased and can give a bad review even when worked hard

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Unmet high expectations

    Business Manager (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsThe salary and benefits are quite desirable.

    ConsThe emphasis has shifted from encouraging long-term career track jobs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry harder to deliver on promises and objectives or set more realistic goals.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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