Microsoft
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Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.6 7,478 reviews

                             

88% Approve of the CEO

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

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77% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    General Manager (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsBeen here nine years and made good friends at work. People have their hearts in the right place but very bi-polar. Extremely nice then extremely angry.

    ConsExtremely slow and bureaucratic. Too many un-educated people now working at Microsoft. Most of the middle management (GM / VP level) have no college degrees. Lack substance, leadership, product and business acumen. In short, hired a bottom of the barrel these past 8 years.

    Advice to Senior Managementminimize middle management (GM Level) and hire talented people.

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

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    A lot of smart people, but not much getting done.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Bellevue, WA

    ProsWorked with a lot of really bright people. Good benefits. They have the infrastructure to be able to accomplish a lot. Beautiful campus.

    ConsToo bureaucratic, too much red tape. Very difficult to get anything done, slow process. Although they have the infrastructure to accomplish a lot I don't think they ever will because of the culture. Don't utilize employees to their highest.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to change culture such that they can actually accomplish BIG things. Unblock and allow for growth. Recognize strengths of each employee and maximize them.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I had more creative freedom than I believe other sectors of the company have.

    Editor (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsGreat, diverse, creative team. Good pay and benefits.

    ConsA humbling evaluation system that pits employees against each other (or used to).

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou want to be a devices and services company. But if you want to produce actual content, then respect how content is created and beef up your staff to produce and shepherd it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good technology and lots of opportunity,.

    Senior Software Development Engineer (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsMicrosoft pretty much as a group doing something you will be interested.

    Consstack ranking limits forward mobility.

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

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    Lackluster at best

    Program Manager (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsBenefits, salary, work-life balance, competent co-workers

    ConsMiddle managers do not add value, can not talk to customers, people do not have good product design sense.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Depends on your group

    Software Development Engineer (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsGreat Benefits, awesome resources, super smart people for the most part

    ConsToo much infighting between groups; way too much politics to get ahead.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop promoting so much internal competition

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

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    A great place to grow your career

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat place if you are in the right department with experienced manager

    ConsUnfair employee performance ranking system

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    good turnaround

    Senior Program Manager (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    Prosseems to be heading in right direction now

    Consneed to cut down management layers

    Advice to Senior Managementmake it a lean organization, cut down layers

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Better than the average pay with great benefits.

    Technical Advisor (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsWhile working at Microsoft, I received great benefits and great bonuses. My fellow coworkers really made the job as enjoyable as it was. Great energy.

    ConsManagement did not work cohesively together. Management also did not understand a lot of the new technology. It was hard to respect and look up to the management team since they could not answer a majority of my questions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAttempt to communicate and embrace the concept of hard working. Learn new products in order to be able to answer your employees questions, let alone potential customers questions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Exhausting

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood Benefits and plenty of challenges

    ConsYou ar at the mercy of an evaluation system that pretends to be objective but is not
    Management politics and reorgs

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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