Microsoft Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
8,069 Reviews
3.8
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    yet another big company

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Microsoft has good brand in both enterprise and customer markets. There are a lot of smart people around.

    Cons

    Micro management. Managers were really mean. Some old timers were rude. Very poor work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    trust your employees

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

    It's about the politics not what you do

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    I made a huge international network that I continue to use daily. Time off for babies was fine, and I liked that it could be extended so as to add up to 12 weeks (paid and unpaid).

    Cons

    I hated the politics. People had very sharp elbows and wouldn't hesitate to run you under the bus. The new "generation" may have had some strengths, but were not doers. They came in around 2003-2004 and hired out everything to contractors, leaving very little subject matter expertise...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look beyond the obvious. Someone that seems to be great may just be great at playing you..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good deal, not so hot anymore

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

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

    Pros

    Great teammates, good brand name

    Cons

    teamrooms, politics, middle-management. terrible review process, too much dependency on history. Tons of Principal level middle management who are pretty useless

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get out of my way

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall a positive experience, but for a company that is rated one of the best places to work, I would expect better

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    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    You meet some really smart people that care a lot about delivering a good product

    Cons

    As big companies go, there are always some politics around
    Some people only care about visibility, or how upper management views them, and one will need to work their way around these people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would want management to work on eliminating politics that but it might be impossible

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Too big and too much red-tape to enable building disruptive technologies.

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

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

    Pros

    Great engineering training - technically and otherwise. Technical problems are interesting due to the number of offerings. The 'otherwise' problems are those emblematic of a large-cap company.

    Cons

    Professional commitment process still rewards personal successes and promotes the 'me first' mentality. It has been so bad in years past that the commitment process was recently changed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spin off business units to be their own companies, either public or private. The current size and continual re-organizations doesn't enable creation of market opportunities, only reaction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Mixed

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Lot of smart people, exciring opportunities

    Cons

    Cultural still slow to come. Lot of energy spent fighting nay sayers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to do something with old timers who can't evolve or effect changes.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Long

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits, not sure if there are more pros than that. Decent pay can be one

    Cons

    Bureaucratic management and exaggerated negative political play

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to be reboot, replacing politics, buddy investing, and bureaucracy by talent and creativity

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    If only. . .

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Awesome benefits, so so pay. Good mobility within company.

    Cons

    They can not innovate if their life depended on it. Marketing almost always get's their way for more bells and whistles that nobody uses, or wants, at the sacrifice of a quality product. Beware of the infamous, over powerful Microsoft HR. Having managed people I was discusted at the fact that the way Microsoft handles compensation, encourages you giving someone the shaft, and keeping around a sub par performer to be the sacrificial lamb. God forbid you have a great team, because someone will get the shaft so others can actually get raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to split the company up into smaller pieces, you just can not have a organization as big as yours and be good at anything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Was great company, lost direction in recent years

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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 10 years

    Pros

    + good benefits
    + decent salary
    + annual bonus

    Cons

    - Process heavy
    - sr. management do not know what to do next.
    - lost vision

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Life is good and well till you get high enough in the ranks to enter the politics.

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Development Lead  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Development Lead in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good, salaries and package is ok. Changing positions and areas inside is not difficult.

    Cons

    There is just too much politics, empire building, area grabbing and self marketing at the higher ranks. People get promoted and go higher not because of what they do, rather how they sell themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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