Microsoft Reviews in Redmond, WA

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 791 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 946 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 520 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist (in 390 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    All In for Mediocrity!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years

    Pros

    Honestly, the main Pros for working at Microsoft have to do with the work life balance and the benefits. There's a good amount of drinking/joking on the job; which can actually be viewed as a good or a bad thing depending on who you ask (mostly good when done responsibly in my opinion). The people are generally pretty smart and fun to be around though there's waay too many who have become or just are complacent and lack the motivation to be better at their jobs.

    Cons

    Management is atrocious. Like others have pointed out, there are waay too many managers who don't actually even understand/possess the skills to do their jobs and effectively manage a team. The culture is egotistical in the sense that it promotes an "I" sort of mentality. Their is very little in terms of collaboration and promoting team success. The infrastructure is archaic and all over the place. Also, there is very little emphasis placed on employee growth and development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in fresh minds with fresh ideas to manage and then fire yourselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    All Good Until you Get Older

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Producer  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Producer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Good pay
    Flexibility
    Some areas of the company are good
    Smart co-workers

    Cons

    Horrific internal politics
    Bad managers
    Toxic environment if you are in the wrong org
    Favors youth over experience
    Hard to move internally

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enough with the middle managers. It's ridiculous to have managers over two or three people only. And stop paying lip service to wanting good management when the people you leave in power are consistently bad.
    Make it easier to transfer internally. You are wasting good resources stuck in the wrong job. Older workers add diversity and value and should not be pushed aside as you are currently doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Historically, a great company to work for...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Historically, a great environment that strives for a positive work-life balance. Great benefits, lots of opportunities for personal and professional growth. The new review policy still appears to be somewhat unproven, but has great possibilities. I enjoyed going to work, most days.

    Cons

    Lots of political machinations, especially as you move higher on the management chain. Only time will tell if the recent reductions in workforce will have a positive impact on the company overall, but I sincerely question the quality of products coming out of the company from here on out. I'm not convinced that the current leadership is making wise choices for the betterment of the company and the products they're releasing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be cautious in your treatment of employees and the apparent company-wide cultural changes, and in your selection processes for reducing the workforce. Allowing high-level employees the opportunity to accept a lower level/pay grade and bump individuals that weren't originally selected for elimination is bad for morale and causes you to lose valuable employees that you might have otherwise kept.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company. Watch out for bad managers.

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Lots of Benefits. Salary is good. Bonuses and stock awards annually. I've worked with some really good people.

    Cons

    Some horrible middle management. Very political. Work/life balance is bad especially if you have a family. Don't get comfortable in your office (if you're lucky enough to have one these days) as moving offices is a regular event.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management and HR need to look at their middle management layer. Some horrible managers with bad attrition. Rather than address it they just ignore it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Mixed feelings

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer and Software Development Engineer In Test  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer and Software Development Engineer In Test in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    good benefits, fair wages, interesting work

    Cons

    work-life balance, battling (subconscious) bias, broken review process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work harder to combat bias against women and other non-alpha males. I think many people are not conscious of their own prejudices, but being a woman in an engineering role is not easy, particularly in some groups. The more "hard-core" the group, the more the employees tend to fit the traditional "computer geek" stereotype, and the less likely they are to understand the benefits of diversity.
    Make managers of people who are good at it, not people who need a promotion. Then train them properly. If feedback is important, make sure they know how to give it effectively.
    Ensure that being overbearing and arrogant isn't the path to success. Too many people succeed because they're bullies, not because they deserve it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good but not great any more, the company becomes more and more indian

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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 3 years

    Pros

    Decent salary, good work space.
    You can choose to use open source now, which was not allowed before.

    Cons

    1. People(teams) here try to beat others to out stand themselves.
    2. Once a team has more than 1/2 Indian employees, you should be care of your job.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    There's a little of something for everybody

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

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

    Pros

    Industry leadership position for my division means room for grooming fresh ideas. Strong team work, abundance of high intellect, and great working atmosphere.

    Cons

    Very little voice of customer when developing new user experiences. Life can be very tough when landed on a crappy team. Polarizing job satisfaction. In a huge company like this, success is determined by how effect one is in convincing large number of constituents to be on board no matter what the idea is; even if it's something that users tell you they don't want.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Award people for listening to customers and delivering good experiences instead of demonstrating "leadership" skills. A leader is only as good as someone who can deliver true value to customers from end user perspective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    watched an innovative company turn in to a behemoth

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

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor for more than 10 years

    Pros

    good pay. good training. opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    too big. TOO MANY PEOPLE, there's a 33% glut at MS, could trim there staff extensively. turned in to a commonplace big ol' corporation in the 15 or so years I was there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good Company, bad middle management.

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    • 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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    You work with some of the brightest people in the business, you work on cutting edge technology and work on products that millions use.
    New CEO, Satya, is invigorating the company with fresh ideas.

    Cons

    Microsoft is a great company, however, the company is ruined by its bulging middle.
    There are too many cooks in the kitchen, add the flawed performance management system to the mix and you get a perfect cocktail for self destruction. The rotten culture played out in how the battle for mobile was first ignored and then lost by the company. And this is the company which had the first usable smartphone on the market... how the mighty have fallen !! Even with such astounding losses, not much has changed. It seems that, there is severe lack of accountability at the senior and middle level management layer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the layers of middle management and improve the decision making process. Establish an aggressive rhythm of releases of major products and severely punish late-ships.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    too much bureaucracy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern

    Pros

    Great pay considering relatively low cost of living in Seattle. Amazing food.

    Cons

    The people aren't inspiring. 100,000 employees means that average quality is low, people aren't motovated, and it's hard to be recognized for your contributions. They don't appreciate initiative enough.

    Approves of CEO

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