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Updated Apr 11, 2014
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3.6 7,019 reviews

                             

84% Approve of the CEO

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

(273 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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decent place

Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) (Former Employee)
Washington, DC

I worked at Microsoft as a contractor for less than a year

Prosgood management, decent progression, great technology

Consinternal politics, all offices are not the same

Advice to Senior Managementbe more transparent and reachable

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

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It's about who you know, not what you know.

Director (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

ProsBenefits and Pay were high for the Seattle area.
Good work life balance once you got into the flow of your role.
Some good managers and team members.
Good time-off policy.
If you know the senior people you will be in good standing - it all about your manager.

ConsYou never really own anything.
Managers constantly and roles are consistnantly changing.
if you don't have a good manager, you will not do well at MSFT.
Update your commitments and stay true to what you are doing - if not, you will be dinged!
Expectations are made without communicating.

Advice to Senior ManagementFind the right talent and let people setup to help to lead. There are some amazing people that are doing work they did other places 10 years ago!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Could be better, but not horrible

Quality Assurance (Former Employee)
Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time for less than a year

ProsProvides full-time status, great for networking.

ConsMost people are contracted and they don't offer many benefits.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay your employees what they deserve, based on experience.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A mixed bag

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsGood benefits and compensation. Smart, hardworking people who challenge you to do your best

ConsWork life balance and job satisfaction vary greatly depending on which group you are in. Some jobs are an easy 8-5 and others are 65+ hours a week. They pay the same and have the same career opportunities. Choose wisely.

Microsoft missed the boat on e-readers, smartphones, and tablets in part because of destructive internal politics. In the last 9 months, the company announced a new business strategy, re-organized the company, acquired Nokia's handset business, and replaced its CEO. It remains to be seen if all of these changes result in a better company, or if they're just change for the sake of change.

Advice to Senior ManagementMicrosoft is important to the Seattle economy. If the company can't adapt and make significant amounts of money on products other than Windows and Office, a large downsizing or split is inevitable.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Mostly good experience but limited work/life balance

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Redmond, WA

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

ProsCompensation and benefits package is very good, although not as good as a few years ago. Flexible work schedule is helpful for those with families. Lots of smart individuals to work with.

ConsLimited resources (employees) to do the amount of work required. I easily spend 50-60 hours/week working, so the work/life balance is an issue. Many of the managers are not good people managers and have difficulty understanding the day-to-day issues of the employees who actually do the work.

Advice to Senior ManagementToo much political infighting among teams. Managers need to have skills in managing people and not just projects.

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Okay place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Microsoft

ProsEveryone is really results driven and focused. Everyone has a great team work mentality. My manager was very open for questions and advice.

ConsEveryone acts like they are better then you. Very cliquey. Hard to get to know some people on other teams.

Advice to Senior ManagementTell you employees what you need from them and be more hand off.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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You'll never know what you'll get

Program Manager (Former Employee)
Redmond, WA

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

ProsMicrosoft has a huge infrastructure designed to enable their employees to make the most of their experiences, including a very robust HR implementation that makes benefits support extremely easy. I left before the new "review" system was put in place, but that was a promising move as well. People are generally passionate about doing well. There is really no limit to the kind of product you can work on, so as your passions go, so can your place in the company.

ConsOversight at the middle management layer is really terrible. A manager is only as good as s/he chooses to be, and there is no real accountability for a manager being good or bad. To be clear, there are some employees who choose to be really great managers, and there are others who look at being a manager a personal career stepping stone and don't take their direct reports' careers seriously. What's more, many managers are individual contributors as well, so they have to look out for themselves as well as try to manage their team. Finally, many employees believe that being a manager is a step up the ladder, so that becomes an defining goal, but they may not develop the skills to be successful at it. I believe strongly that if Microsoft incentivized their managers to be great managers, the effectiveness of their direct reports would go up.

Advice to Senior Management1) Tie manager rewards to the poll results.
2) Be consistent. This is a personal issue for me, but Microsoft made a big deal about adjusting the health benefits to reduce cost, yet they offer free soda to their employees. Free soda has no health benefits (the caffeine is pretty insignificant) and a pretty big health cost (it contributes to obesity). If you care about health cost, why give out something that may contribute to poorer health among your employees? You wouldn't give out free cigarettes or beer, and while those are more problematic than soda, it's all a gradient. In other words, only give things away that have net positive impact on an employee's health.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Microsoft is a very big company and you feel that in every aspect of your work.

Finance Director (Current Employee)
Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

ProsThe best thing about working for Microsoft is the opportunity to be around very smart people all day every day. The company also has a lot of financial resources, so generally speaking you don't feel constrained by money in terms of achieving goals.

ConsIt is a very complicated company. It can be very hard to figure out who you need to work with internally to get things done. People can also be very passive-aggressive in their approach to resolving conflict or differences of opinion, so just because someone is smiling you can't assume they are supportive of you or your career.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the deadwood. The complexity in the company is deliberately contrived and is the result of having too many smart people tripping over one another and trying to dice up big problems into tiny nonsensical fiefdoms.

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

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Great company, with a lot of cash but they don't know how to use it

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

ProsIt's a great company, and while working there I felt very proud to be part of it. The licensing/software side of the business, which is their cash cow is fantastic and a true example of what a company should do

ConsFor MS Advertising they had so many opportunities to be the #1, yet they managed to destroy value. They bought aQuantive for 6.4 billion dollars and they wrote it off last year, I find this amazing! You want them to do well..but management always screws it up

Advice to Senior ManagementHire media people, not tech people to run MS Advertising, give the subs full P&L control, make them accountable for the costs, not just the revenue. And don't let Redmond make all the decisions.

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good company in transition

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

Proslots of smart people. Very individual driven

Conspolitics and micro management is creeping in

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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