Microsoft Reviews in Redmond, WA

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 820 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 964 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 537 reviews)

  • Review system that pushes people to look out for themselves instead of being team focused (in 395 reviews)

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Has its ups and downs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    > Free coffee in the mornings
    > The people here are relatively nice on the surface, i.e. they hide their evil deep inside their shallow souls
    > You get to help Microsoft maintain its nasty monopoly on the desktop computers and push its buggy spyware to its consumers

    Cons

    > A deep despair associated with taking more from society than you are putting
    > Not being able to sleep at night
    > Constant feelings that your work and career are meaningless
    > Occassional desire to commit suicide

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just stop it. You know what I'm talking about. You don't have to keep being like that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Slow and confused

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineering Lead in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineering Lead in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    very talented people, that need the freedom to do the right thing.

    Cons

    Very mediocre management, which lacks vision and believes more in sucking up to people ...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hope based engineering. Hold development teams accountable, not just for code, but quality of code. Absolutely need to stop giving free pass to PM's. They need to be responsible for the business and for writing good specs, thats the basics. If they cant do it, there is not reason for them to be in the company. quality directors, stop promoting people cause they talk good. There are too many junk directors in quality at Microsoft.

    Lastly a partner should have a ton of scope, not just a manager in a vertical role. Give thse people more freedom, responsibility and accountability and put them in charge of all 3 disciplines ...

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Horrible place for HW engineer. Don't waste your time in this company if you want to be real engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    High salary and Good please for retirement

    Cons

    Too many program managers, frequent project changes, no creative and challenge for management

    Don't waste your time in this company if you want to be engineer instead of being test engineer or project manager. They have money but no outlook, creative and challenge to change the world unlike Apple. Especially if you're young engineer, experience is very limited in this junk company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please accept your ignorance and incapability instead of pretending to know anything

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    It's like the early 90's all over again

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Some fun and intelligent colleagues. Great compensation package (to try and make up for all the deficiencies).

    Cons

    Horrible HR practices. I was a Director-level employee and they ended up settling with me so that I would leave quietly without taking my experience to the press. They paid me 6 months of salary and benefits to keep quiet. And all I had to do was agree not to work there for two years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Director Infosec Security

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director Infosec Security in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Director Infosec Security in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Medical Benefits, Pro Club membership

    Cons

    High Stress, No Productive environment, too many H-1 visa contractors, barley can speak English, Performance is not the criteria to get ahead, you can screw a major project and still can get promotion, just because you are connected is the way of life at Microsft

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamlinel H-1 non productive contractors and make it more American Value based company.
    H-1 contractors poor substandard coding shows up in Microsoft products

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    MSFT no integrity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    BIG, SLOW, Easy and no sense of markets or competition

    Cons

    BIG, SLOW, Easy and no sense of values or integrirty

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire your selves

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Senior SDE

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    almost nothing, really nothing good to say

    Cons

    hostile environment, very bad manager

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management are worst

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Under no circumstances would I work here again, and I regret the years I put in.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent compensation packages, although very little room for negotiation.
    Intelligent teammates.
    Nice lateral movement across teams with minimal wait time (18 months or less, with manager approval)
    There are some teams that still have private offices, although for most products the open office model might be better.
    401K match up to 6% of salary.
    Health Club.

    Cons

    The politics at Microsoft are cutthroat and the performance review model based on a graded curve is archaic and contra-indicated for software development, which thrives on collaboration and cooperation. While this ranking system is supposed to have been abolished recently, after 30+ years of its extreme influence as to management promotion and leadership reviews, it is unlikely that this atmosphere of a zero-sum compensation model (there is no winner without a loser), is anything less than entrenched, and, consequently, Microsoft would not be a place to risk years of one's career when there are just as attractive jobs waiting at companies who were of the you-win, we-all-win philosophy from inception.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something drastic. For years the opportunities for advancement (or even keeping the status quo) has been limited to one's manager, who were not only fallible, but also, like all humans, capable of pettiness, prejudice, and prejudgements. To imagine otherwise, is to be outrageously arrogant, something Microsofties have been accused of so frequently as to make it almost a byword for the company itself. Shed the image by shedding the management personnel that have been heavily promoted under the system of pushing one's self forward by throwing others under the bus. And enough with the arrogance already. Buy a latte, sign up on GitHub, and join the software revolution. It's lapped you a few times and it's getting ready to do it again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Sr. Program Manager

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great compensation and office, free coffee and drinks. Great peers to work with.

    Cons

    Management does not encourage innovation. I had to quit to go on and write my patent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop stealing your employees inventions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Non-collaborative, back-stabbing, and every employee for themselves evironment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Game Designer IV in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Game Designer IV in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Great relocation packages. Nice amenities. Commons area is pretty spectacular. Stock grants. Free Xbone for Microsoft Game Studios employees. Free MS games.

    Cons

    Every employee is out for themselves, to the point there is no collaboration between divisions. Leadership teams have no clue what they want, but expect their subordinates to make them look good, despite offering little to no feedback or guidance. Leadership teams will blatantly lie to move their agenda ahead, with little to no regard for the people who report to them. Once hired, employees rarely get the job they were actually interviewed for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only advice I can give to the management team I dealt with is to save the company and quit the industry. Saving that, take some management classes, learn to scope, schedule, provide actual guidance in accordance to what it is you are looking for, provide clear goals, work collaboratively with other groups, provide positive feedback in addition to constructive feedback, and don't treat your employees like they are expendable, meaningless resources.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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