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Updated August 27, 2015
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Satya Nadella
89 Ratings

Pros
  • Work-life balance is what you make it; always been fine for me (in 859 reviews)

  • You will work with some incredibly smart people (in 991 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be very bad (in 552 reviews)

  • The performance review system is broken (in 400 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Stay AWAY!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    At first, the company had great benefits and average pay.

    Cons

    At the time of the massive layoff in 2009, the company stock was worthless.

    Advice to Management

    Good to see someone other than Ballmer in charge. As a Lakers fan, also glad to see Ballmer will tear down our up and coming rival neighbors. Ballmer, stay in the Clippers and don't ruin another great company like Microsoft. Maybe Satya can rebuild the once great empire.


  2. Helpful (2)

    No Teamwork, too many narcissistic tendancies

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Fun technologies for potential projects

    Cons

    I have never worked a place that is so hard to get people to work as a team. If you are at a large site, it might be different, but if you are at a remote office, it is horrible. Even though things seem to be changing from the press releases it still remains the same Microsoft internally. Microsoft first mentality, sell all our products, make your numbers, get your big bonus, that is what matters. The narcissistic culture here is completely opposite of most successful companies today. When you own a huge chunk of the world and you have enough cash you can make anything successful I guess, sad! Many meetings I attended were offensive too, foul language, rude jokes, etc...

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to work as a team. Focus on your customer. Deliver solutions with partners and embrace other software tools, not just your own.


  3. Helpful (2)

    what a waste

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    There is little positive to say about my current organization. They have great off-sites. If senior management likes you, life is good. If they don't, not so much..

    Cons

    I could fill a book here, but it really comes down to horrible management. Lack of clarity of mission. Cronyism beyond belief.

    Advice to Management

    Hold yourself accountable, not by looking in the mirror and telling yourself what a great job you've done, but by taking a truly objective view. Bring in an outside review firm and execute a true assessment. .


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Hide and Avoid work (sell your soul)

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    Current Employee - Senior Solution Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Solution Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is possible to get a good salary and do nothing, if your friends with the LT Seattle area Some amazing individual contributors (who never rise to management) opportunity to make large impactful changes.

    Cons

    Many people do nothing and slide under the radar. Make big changes you risk your job You may get no credit for your large impactful changes be prepared for people to take credit for your work Any change is seen as wrong and attacks will come from all sides, be prepared to defend the changes you made from constant attack. Completely incompetent management which support each other and drive Review system based on who likes you not what you have done Promotions are few and far between and when you get them they are not very large.

    Advice to Management

    Flush out the political nepotism. look for individuals who have not produced anything other than PowerPoints and question their value. Stop moving individuals to new roles/managers every 6 months.


  6. Just a number and have to deal with an annual reorg because they have no long term strategy

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    Former Employee - Ms Project SSP in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Ms Project SSP in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Brand recognition and hi energy backstabbing people here that is last man standing with constant navigation of who can get closer to the boss. Big time opportunity for brown nosing and deceits. No integrity needed if you make your numbers

    Cons

    Have to play politics all the time and find a good place to hide at annual reorg or risk getting s bad review.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the annual political reviews and a look at overall value that an employee gives


  7. Sr Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Surrounded by intelligent and passionate people.

    Cons

    Environment is competitive and can be very political, especially as you move up in management. Performance management is overly aggressive and creates high turnover, loss of experience, fear and instability.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to your roots when you valued employees. Honor your loyal tenured people and rebuild your management team top to bottom with real leaders who are passionate about their people, their customers and technology.


  8. Senior Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You can see the world change from what you do here. Awesome benefits and incredible salary. Very, very bright people and leaders in your field are your coworkers.

    Cons

    Smartest people on the planet believe their own press. Internal squabbling and bickering, people moaning and complaining about stack ranking. For a company of such influence, surprisingly closed minds.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Senior Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than a year)

    Pros

    Large company with room to move around within organizations

    Cons

    Culture of "who you know not what you know." Company is RAPIDLY Being overtaken by H1-B Visa workers who once trenched in only hire other imported workers. If you are a local you are on your way out at Microsoft... this is obvious.

    Advice to Management

    Hire AMERICAN workers. Micrososft is slipping and will soon be gone for good. Foreign workers deliver much lower quality, introduce terrible inefficiencies in communication across teams and ultimately is a BAD DEAL for everyone except non-Americans.


  10. SharePoint Online

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    As a contractor you're not expected to do anything difficult.

    Cons

    FTE folks treat V- as they are lesser than. Often times v- insights are dismissed. Other v- folks are so sad that they bring down new people quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Treat v- folks with amount of respect as they deserve based on Meerut and not based on bias.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Lack of vision, dinosaurs of old industry

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are par with tech industry, regular cafeteria benefits.

    Cons

    Camaradery doesnt exists, teamwork seldom happens. Everyone runs for their own numbers with disregard to internal collaboration. Stack ranking prevails and there is a significant lack of vision and future to build a mid to long term career. Everyone cares about themselves and surviving.

    Advice to Management

    Need to evolve...the old Microsoft from Steve Balmer is still alive....change or see yourself dying slowly. Google is coming fast at you. Dont neglect the signals.



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