Microsoft Reviews in Redmond, WA

Updated September 1, 2014
Updated September 1, 2014
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 688 reviews)

  • Tons of super smart people working for the right reasons - to make a difference (in 893 reviews)


Cons
  • And there are times when the workload may impede on your work-life balance (in 476 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist (in 369 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Game Designer IV  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Game Designer IV in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than a 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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worst software job of my career

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Health insurance, dental, vision benefits were very good. Free coffee and soda. Good cafeteria food.

    Cons

    Lots of corporate politics, cumbersome and frustrating review process, impossible to change positions if you're struggling in the one you're in. Ended up fixing other people's bugs for two years working on mostly legacy code. Manager was a jerk. The commute also sucked. Quitting was the best decision I ever made.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sexism at work, old code, boring work

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Gym membership
    Health benefits
    None in my team for sure

    Cons

    No clear performance review structure, my manager had no clue what my previous manager decided for me..i get no advice on what to improve on!
     I work in an old org and wanna leave asap. It kills your brain cells just being in that environment.
    You have to send out long emails frequently and make a lot of noise to get promoted.
    The raise and bonus is a complete joke.

    Did I mention, absolutely boring work?

    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Great people and environment, culture great as well

    Cons

    Current management without vision and they seems to not know where they are going long term

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    A Company That Can't Seem to Get it Right

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    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    High salary, good benefits, smart people

    Cons

    Redmond is the worst place on earth and so is the traffic that comes with it, they will never win, it's not actually as easy to move internally as they make it sound, company culture is vicious and unwelcoming, there is a perception problem that they probably won't ever be able to kick

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop doing everything so top down. Stop thinking about all employees as robots/numbers; think a little bit more about the humans that work for your company and you will have higher employee satisfaction. Bring back a little bit of the emotion and intuition and creativity that can define really great marketing; not everything has to be so data-driven (see point on robots).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Microsoft is slow and boring

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    Current Employee - SDE2  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - SDE2 in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    big company, big name. Several groups to look around for jobs internally.

    Cons

    things are slow. Management doesnt care for people. They say managers are here to help with careers but they couldnt care less. Worst performance review process.

    Hardwork is not properly appreciated. Manager can always find 10 random reasons to screw you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Challenging but unrewarding. Hard work and success was never appreciated. Always fighting and competing with coworkers

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

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

    Pros

    Perks are good. You can work on cool projects if you're on the right team.

    Cons

    Review process favors those who play political games. Performance rated on "future potential" not actual work preformed. No loyalty to current workers, company assumes they can always replace one employee with a new one at any time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire half of mid management. Start to rate employees fairly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    It has been unpleasant work environment

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    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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Many talent people, great resources.

    Cons

    bad management, wrong direction, especially new CEO

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to something to keep our morale high.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Steer Clear

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    Current Employee - General Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - General Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and stock opportunities. Health club and preventative care is important and supported. Looks good on your resume OUTSIDE of Washington. Locally it is viewed as negative due to the environment and culture.

    Cons

    Negative environment, success is viewed by your immediate manager, not your deliverables. If you are a female you are expected to behave and look like a man. Not an inclusive or diverse culture in behaviors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Going Down after layoff

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Used to have great benefits

    Cons

    Too many changes in senior leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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