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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

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77% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Solid company if you want a stable job

Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
Redmond, WA

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

ProsGreat pay, benefits, and perks. Very smart people. With all of the change, there are a lot of opportunities to do interesting work.

ConsThe company is a lumbering giant. It feels very top heavy and doesn't feel as though it can adequately respond to competitive threats.

Advice to Senior ManagementClarify your goals and go after them in a unified way. Be more open to change.

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Spent a third of my life working there, enjoyed the first ten years

Engineering Manager (Former Employee)
Mountain View, CA

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

ProsWhen I started there it was a company full of wickedly smart people who all worked tirelessly, and sometimes isolated, to move the company forward. It was always a meritocracy and I was ok with that as you got to work on cutting edge technologies. The career development there was stellar and I was presented with multiple international opportunities that allowed me to make my home in the USA with stints in Europe and Asia to round out my experience.

ConsOver the last few years the changes to the review model killed collaboration, you became pitched lock step in battle with your peers fighting for a review score that you could apply a dollar amount to. I understand that has gone now and that is the only reason why I give it three stars now as there is a chance that the changes will fix this.

The company has too much middle management and a lot of it is mediocre. Sadly I became one of those mediocre middle managers because I could not connect the work that my 80+ person team was doing with the success of the company and my game face wasn't good enough to help motivate my team. So I got out and haven't looked back since. I just learned my team is about to get cut by 75% as they are being 'merged' with another one.

Advice to Senior ManagementWith the new CEO at the helm there is a big opportunity for change. He needs to kill as much of the tired, hapless middle management as possible and restructure the company so teams are rewarded for their progress and failing teams are penalized appropriately. Keep it a meritocracy but reward the high performing TEAMS not individuals.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Generally a good place to work

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

ProsGenerally a good place to work. Compensation is pretty good. The facilities are top notch and some of the beverage benefits are very unique. Flexibility to work remotely is very nice.

ConsThe pace of the work may not be sustainable for many groups. High turnover in some areas puts stress on others forcing some unnatural behaviors. Lots of Clark Kent's walking in the door every morning.

Advice to Senior ManagementRefocus on the customer and not your own career and success will come pouring into the company!

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

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Microsoft as a contractor

ProsThe campus is like a retreat, beautiful grounds and scenery. Tools and applications, top notch, of course, the worlds leader, what would you expect? Contracting allows to see if you 'fit' with the culture. I am a team player, so this group was a really bad fit. 100% virtual training (if that works for you?).

ConsThe room I was in, was kept dark, dirty & there were no windows. The individuals worked independently. Competitive, assigned to work with another contractor, introvert. Conversation was frowned upon, don't ask any questions. The opposite of a team. Instructions: 100% virtual training. I prefer a combo, of interactive lessons, Q & A, but this is not part of the learning modules I was given. The comments I made were extensive at the completion of the training modules. They are not reviewed, no one has access to the module comments.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you have a contractor, that consistently dislikes conversation, and has does not want to mentor, or have a work partner at all, perhaps he should not be assigned anyone to mentor. He doesn't like it & no one benefits from that.

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Great company to work in international subsidiaries. Corporate HQ are suffocated by politics.

Senior Product Marketing Manager (Current Employee)
Redmond, WA

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

ProsGreat place for starting your career: lots to learn, smart colleagues, great opportunities and huge resources

ConsDifficult to see direct line between your work and the bottom line (especially at corp.). Too many poor middle managers (group managers, directors, senior directors).

Advice to Senior ManagementImprove middle management culture and quality!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Well managed, good working environment, smart people, but slow

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Redmond, WA

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

ProsMicrosoft is a good place to work. The offices are nice, the people are smart. The company tries hard to focus on employee development.

Considering the size of the company, Microsoft is a well run business in most respects. Planning processes are well defined and executed. Organization structure is clear. People are very willing to work in a matrix and collaborate.

ConsSpeed. While more aggressive companies are focused on what they will ship 3 weeks or 3 months from now, Microsoft operates on very long cycles - 2 to 4 years. As a result, Microsoft has the unique ability to be both too early and too late in a given market.

Take mobile or tablets. Microsoft shipped product years before other companies. But when Apple demonstrated the first successful model, it took years for Microsoft to emulate.

Political complexity. Efforts to operate as "one Microsoft" often hinder success of individual groups. Take Office for the iPad. Where is it? Office Mac is also a terrible product.

Leadership is a mixed bag. The leadership ranks at Microsoft include some of the best and some of the worst leaders you will find. Question of luck.

Advice to Senior ManagementAlthough you may like to think of Microsoft as a great innovator, reality suggests that over the last few years the company has been a follower in all major spaces including mobile, cloud, tablets, and big data. Being a fast follower is a reasonable strategy for a large company. Being a slow follower is not, and that, unfortunately, is Microsoft today.

Too much "one Microsoft" ensures that each group performs at the level of the weakest business, or in the worst case is chained to a sinking ship.

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

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It could be better.

Release Manager (Former Employee)

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

ProsOpportunity abounds in the company over all. There is always more to do, more relationships to build and of course, that raises your visibility.

ConsNo vision, and with that, the company is being left in the dust. They want unicorns, and are rather unwilling to engage in training people. There are too many "imports" in this company.

Advice to Senior ManagementWrong choice for CEO. An outsider would have been a better choice. You went with the "safe" bet.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Some groups are world-class, some aren't -- your experience may vary.

Senior Program Manager (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

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

ProsLots of smart, passionate people to work with
Ability to impact products that millions / billions of people use daily.
Great place to learn and use the latest technologies

ConsYou need to be comfortable dealing with ambiguity
Some teams are very well run; others are very dysfunctional

Advice to Senior ManagementEmphasize project management skills and training
Reevaluate the elimination of separate test teams. This may work for some groups, but in others it just leads to poorer quality.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Work Here

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsGet tech company. Great place to work.

ConsNone. Not for un-tech savy people.

Advice to Senior ManagementShould give more credit to low level workers.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great company to work for, worst place to move up.

Product Advisor (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

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

ProsGood Pay
Tuition Reimbursement
Health Insurance
401k and stock options
Fun retail environment (every day is different)
Awesome co-workers

ConsGood luck trying to move up in the company. Only way is to relocate. Management likes to hire and promote external hires instead of promoting within. Its like high school over again. If you don't click with the managers, good luck going anywhere. Store manager has no clue of the dis-satisfaction of his employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementPromote within; you are demoralizing your employees without even noticing it. The only reason why you have a low turnover rate is because of the benefits.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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