Microsoft Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
8,343 Reviews
3.8
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 804 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 959 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 530 reviews)

  • In the review system there is a "check box" equivalent to a rank of Underperforming (in 393 reviews)

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  1.  

    Sales

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

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

    Pros

    Compensation is competitive vs market

    Cons

    Culture of How vs What creates a bad work environment. Poor overall results and loss of market share speak for itself

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate the counterintuitive How vs. What culture. Market share, results and performance matter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Microsoft no longer the fun place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Best reason to work there is being part of leading edge technology.

    Cons

    Review system that pushes people to look out for themselves instead of being team focused. I used to love working there but due to selfish co workers who have no concept of team work and management who forgot what moral and team focus are the fun faded away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to fix the review system, you are loosing good people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Software Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people , Forums , Big community , Benefits

    Cons

    Stack Ranking system , Slow growth , Diplomacy at higher levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the stack rankings as it is eating up the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good perks but difficult times ahead

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

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

    Pros

    Solid company, very sound financially, lots of resources and very nice perks (own bus fleet, free bicycle tune ups, free top notch gym, good healthcare package)

    Cons

    Very political, empire building is alive and well. If you don't find a guardian, things can get dicey. Fight to remain relevant in putting a lot of pressure on the workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Morale is low, get people pumped up quickly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Microsoft - v- (contract) environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Highly dependent on the project, but it can be a great way to get your foot in the door for FTE roles. Many roles are 6-12 months, which at least adds a little stability if you're "between things". Often the roles are for projects that need to get done, but Msft can't budget an FTE head for.

    Cons

    Depending on your skills (since v- hires are made in a wide variety of disciplines), the role may be limited in terms of learning news things. Pay can be quite variable depending on role, and most roles are filled via vendor firms, who all take a cut of the $$. Msft is constantly putting pressure on vendor firms to bring down rates, which directly impacts the individual.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Having worked as both an FTE and a v- employee, the best advice I would have for mgmnt is to treat the contractors no differently than FTEs. They're a part of the team, even if for a limited duration, and often have the same skills/experience as the FTEs anyway.

  7.  

    Great people and networking

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good pay for work. Good work/life balance dependent on role

    Cons

    People managers need to be more consistent. Execs need to listen if there is issue with direct manager. Forced attrition causes great people to lose jobs regardless of talent or tenure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to individual contributors. Retain talent. Practice values related to employees instead of just preaching it. Career opportunities limited at remote locations

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Started off good but benefits eroded too much over time

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Ok benefits. Able to more or less choose your own work hours. Generally good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Promotions and bonuses processes are extremely abusable allowing managers to distribute based on opinion rather than proven merit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adopt a process of determining pay based on level and time with the company similar to the military. Change the review process to be optional for pay bonus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    You can work remotely. Meaning you can work anywhere. You basically set your own schedule to deal with clinets. The bonuses after completion of projects is a plus

    Cons

    The con is the lack of upper management support. They care too much of the big picture and not really of whats going on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    interact more with the people working for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Vendor PM

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

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

    Pros

    Ability to work independently and maintain good work life balance varies, and will depend on how mature your manager is and his/her command of the respective domain knowledge. Also with constant re-orgs, it's hard to keep goals in sight.

    Cons

    constant reorgs - hard to keep track of people you might even work with a month ago. non-inclusive culture. Silo'd organizations prevents collaboration. FTEs are usually on edge around performance review time. FTE's/Teams from different groups/orgs won't provide assistance on projects unless they get approval from higher ups, or if there is political or personal gain.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good people twisted by performance review process old or new.

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

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

    Pros

    - Very good salary.
    - Good bonuses if your peers allow it.
    - A lot of flexibility in your time management.
    - If you are a horn tooter you will succeed.

    Cons

    - Work is piled in a way that you can flexibly decide when to work 16 hours per day.
    - The ranking system seems to be gone, but the internal culture and people still enforce it. In the review system there is a "check box" equivalent to a rank of Underperforming.
    - You can do your job perfectly (no errors) and on time and still be pushed to an Underperforming status compared to your peers.
    - If you care a lot about your work's result this company may or may not be a good fit for you; it all depends on how many tasks you can perform at the same time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work, the stock is not low enough. Otherwise you could save money, time and face by avoiding rework on bugs caused by exhausted employees. And if you care, it would be nice to do away with "prima donna" useless projects that only help pump up some bonuses and are discarded later in favor of similar projects in an endless cycle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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