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Updated July 31, 2015
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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. Only if you're an engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Content Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Content Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Microsoft (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. Pay is pretty competitive.

    Cons

    Frat-boy management is anti-woman. If you're not an engineer you don't matter.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge it's 2015.


  2. Helpful (1)

    When you polish a turd, it's still a turd.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - User Experience Designer in Issaquah, WA
    Current Contractor - User Experience Designer in Issaquah, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Free stuff to drink, thats about the only real pro I can think of.

    Cons

    Some very smart people in the industry can be found hiding under rocks here and there but the passion is zapped out of these talented industry leaders by far too much emphasis on process and a very unorganized and behind the times way of doing things.

    Advice to Management

    Change the entire structure of the company from the ground up. Who gets hired, how they are hired, how they are promoted, who is leading the teams, and the processes in place. Once you do this, then you will have a start.


  3. Helpful (1)

    disappointed with upper management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hardware Test Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Hardware Test Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits , work environment and flexible working time

    Cons

    Poor upermangment. Manager don't care much for product quality work and direction. Managers only care for Bonus they got. Microsoft not customer requirment company.


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  5. Only worth working there if you need immigration support

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent immigration department. Very good (used to be excellent) health care plan. Good benefits and decent salary.

    Cons

    You will destroy your health trying to do anything that makes sense there. The founders (specially Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates) were bad role models and they heavily influenced all leadership under them. It will take 1-2 decades since both retired to decontaminate the company from the negative influence they had in leadership. The best picture I have seen that describes the work environment is the one where the individual points a gun to all other individuals that he needs to interact at work. Projects are terribly bad planned by the top leadership and more than 50% of them are cancelled before completion. Don't fool yourself thinking that this is due to innovation and experimentation; it is simply due to bad planning. Company acquisition is insane. Billions of dollars are spent buying companies that are quickly destroyed by not letting the acquired company work the way they know. Egos fly super high (again, influence from the founders) and most top leadership don't hesitate to put their own career interests above the company's interests. This means, hide what is failing, present and sell what you didn't do but later tell it is "work in progress" if confronted with the truth, etc. Above all, if you are a software developer, you will be working with technologies that the market doesn't want to use anymore. So if you work there for a few years you end up with a unappealing resume when you try to leave the company.


  6. Helpful (1)

    ok

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    There are worse places to work, and also better places. The coworkers are friendly and pleasant. The job is interesting but the work always seemed underappreciated

    Cons

    benefits hours management. They would keep you there all night if they could. The staff seems unappreciated and not respected enough

    Advice to Management

    better work hours, creat a more friendly environment, offer better benefits, offer more paid time off, award jobs really well done


  7. Helpful (1)

    Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good projects, able to move around

    Cons

    siloed culture, cutthroat teams who do not help others,

    Advice to Management

    Invest in struggling Microsoft businesses instead of just laying off people


  8. Helpful (2)

    Don't stay as long as I have!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits and decent work/life balance.

    Cons

    Harsh, old school performance review system. Skillset gained inside is of limited use outside.


  9. Mileage Will Vary Greatly By Department

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern

    Pros

    Huge company, extensive infrastructure for employees, wonderful benefits, great pay, and you get to work on Software used by the entire world.

    Cons

    Old corporate structure is incredibly inefficient for developing software, the whole company is really trying to move towards more modern paradigms (e.g. Agile software development), but some parts are way slower to adapt. Windows was a terrible place to work while I was there, people at the lowest level frequently have their impact snuffed like 3 levels of managers up the chain on a whim. Can be very hard to get anything of real significance done with all the minutia and massive inefficiencies of corporate structure.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your interns and give them an opportunity to succeed. A massive part of my bad experience was that my intern manager really didn't care about me, refused to assign any tangible tasks or give me solid guidance and instead would talk with head in the clouds conceptual broad ideas whenever I met with him, but completely failed to help me translate that to what I was actually supposed to do for my internship. Gave me absolutely no support or assistance which resulted in me losing interest and failing the internship. Towards the end of the internship I had already decided that I definitely didn't want to work for Microsoft, so I took care of all duties he assigned me (very few) and proceeded to network with people, meet up with other employees for coffee, and read tech news during my work time. I did this for the last 3-4 weeks of the internship (averaged probably less than 8 hours of actual work per 40 hours I was in the office each week), and in my exit interview my manager said that I "was always a hard worker putting in 110%". That should tell you how demanding / well structured my internship was :P


  10. Just retail...nothing more.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Advisor in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Product Advisor in Costa Mesa, CA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture intentions were good (initially). Good health/medical/vision benefits, employee stock discount. Great perks like free employee phones, low end Surface RT, affiliation benefits like discounted dealer lines for phone companies for about $30 unlimited everything. Sometimes we get free food and massages for Black Fridays.

    Cons

    Poor leadership in the store as well as parts of corporate. Disconnect in corporate culture and what was really happening in the stores. HR was not able to step in when leaderships were abusing their power and even preventing employee development. No room for upward mobility unless you know someone from higher up or suck up. Disrespect of employees for their time and commitment and expect people to drop everything to attend to work related stuff.

    Advice to Management

    Do not hire people that Apple fired to run your stores as store managers. Also, drop the Walmart mentality when running retails.


  11. Program Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Does great things for the community Nice benefits Good pay

    Cons

    Too bureaucratic and not enough doers anymore. The company really changed in the 8 years I was there. Lots of bad managers running around who aren't getting the help the need to be successful.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to managers scores and actually do something about managers with low ones.



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