Microsoft Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
8,412 Reviews
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 820 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 964 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 537 reviews)

  • Review system that pushes people to look out for themselves instead of being team focused (in 395 reviews)

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  1.  

    Product Advisor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing management, all the way up the ladder, that is very supportive in the daily functions of the store as well as your growth in the company. Benefits, even as part time are amazing. The culture and energy is very positive and contagious. Its all about growing your knowledge, always improving and I love that the company refers to downfalls as opportunities, a positive mindset for improvement. Best retail company to work for!

    Cons

    Dealing with rude, ignorant customers that refuse the help and resources we have to offer them. Also inconsistent schedule, but consistent hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Best company I have ever worked for!

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    Current Employee - Solution Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Solution Specialist in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Have worked here for three years now. Great people, great corporate culture and great pay as well. I hope to work here for many more years.

    Cons

    As with any big company, bureaucracy in some processes exist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make some processes less complex.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Program Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Good boss, good projects, great place to work

    Cons

    Annual performance review system was bad, but in process of changing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    excellent work environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    healthy and motivating work environment

    Cons

    nothing really. no issues to comment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    have worked in many jobs within Microsoft, and had so much fun.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Development Manager II in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Development Manager II in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Whatever you put your mind to, all the tools are there to help you get there.

    Cons

    coming from the outside it's hard to get up to speed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very very smart people in the company

    Cons

    Bad management and bad policies towards evolving technologies

  8.  

    One of the best company to work for

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    Current Employee - Reporting Analyst in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Reporting Analyst in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is a great company to start your IT career and grow it. You have the chance to work with first class talents; the latest MS technology and tools and optimized working process. It has minimum office political environment.

    Cons

    A lot of time you may feel peer pressure because the company has attracted many talented workers around the world. It does have work stress and deadline to finish your work. You won't have much ramp up time when entering a new project, this could be a quite challenging when each project has its own process and using different technology.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good work/life balance allows you to enjoy time with the family.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Administrator in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Business Administrator in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Great teams, good work/life balance, intelligent employees, and nice benefits in a stable and mature tech company add up to a pleasant place to work. Ownership of the team you work with entrusts you with a lot of responsibility, as well as the autonomy to get things done.

    Cons

    Being such a large company can give the impression of feeling disjointed and sluggish. Plan on figuring out your job on your own with little guidance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Lots of benefits
    Great managers
    Innovation
    People
    Result focused
    Evolving

    Cons

    Duplicated work
    Competition
    Politics
    Heavy Process
    Legacy systems
    Slow in development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great managees

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Definitely one of the best places to be as a SW Engineer.

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

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

    Pros

    They treat people very well. Lots of outings. Everyone is incredibly smart and exhibits passion for the work. Excellent facilities for everything. The Redmond campus is a combination of university and shopping mall. Everything you can imagine is here.

    Cons

    You will work hard, but mostly from a learning curve point of view. Work life balance will become a problem if you don't get it under control. Some of the software development practices are quirky and unexpected. Development model is waterfall trending agile-ish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Feedback, Feedback, Feedback.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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