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Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
8,764 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 859 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 991 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 552 reviews)

  • Performance review system basically encourage competition inside the team (in 400 reviews)

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  1.  

    Leave if you're there, don't come if you're not

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    There are no pros anymore.

    Cons

    Flattening of the organization without a real care for people who were previously managers. Gross management incompetence from the top down. Lack of accountability. Benefits on the decline. Review system hasn't changed (it's who you know like it's always been). This company has changed - for the worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure it out - you dragged your feet for more than a year with a re-organization that made no sense, then, when it came time to appoint people, the good-ol-boy network reared its ugly head once again. Gross incompetence all the way around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    FIRE THE CEO and other horrible Management

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Fellow in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Technical Fellow in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Nothing really at all; hoping the board finally fires SN

    Cons

    Leadership = No vision and promote based on popularity and not on real contribution
    Success = who has the most brown on their noses
    Incompetence = MSFT Management
    Lazy and no motivation = MSFT Culture
    Company dismal and failing outlook = Sataya N.
    Waste of time = useless 2hour and 4hour meetings debating terminology with seasoned professionals. (No wonders Google and Apple is kicking this companies butt and handing MST's butt back for lunch

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    FIRE the CEO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Speaking strictly as a content operation.

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

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

    Pros

    The money is very good.

    Cons

    It's an engineering company, not a content company, and they treat content people accordingly.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 10 people found this helpful  

    Unethical practices

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Zero good points; please read the Con. Also, I encourage potential candidates to look at the ratings that are low scores. I have noticed that when a honest feedback is given; Microsoft cronies often bombard the feedback site with high ratings to cover up the truth about their company. So, please do yourself a favor and look at the bad ratings for the truth.

    Cons

    Managers play favorites based on personalities versus results, managers love flashy shining things versus content or substance, managers share personal information of their employees with the employee's peers, managers are often threaten by employees who know more than they do, and managers often do not have the background and experience to perform their roles and are often very defensive as a result.

    Culturally, Microsoft has a challenge of too much in fighting, too many people worried about show casing sales type slides in PowerPoint versus the content shared being real or providing value to the company because managers do not understand what they should be looking at, no emphasis on results and more about marketing (mostly vaporware), too many arguments of a word or term such as one that remembered "what is a application versus a platform?" (I thought Microsoft should have known this by now); and the culture is one that no one can truly advance without stepping on others as a regular practice and declaring their work as your work.

    Politically - this environment is the most politically charged environment that I have worked in. Of course there is politics in every company and very bad people in every company. However, not at this magnitude. Even Human Resources has told me in the past they see the bad behaviors and are working on it. So, I waited 8 years and still no improvements. Things have simply became worse than ever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do everyone a favor an quit or step down and allow more qualified external leaders take over and show you how it is done correctly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Microsoft gulf, its not very nice or pleasant

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

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

    Pros

    the coffee is nice, some great people most of which are leaving, left or drained

    Cons

    dysfunctional, it is not run like other multi nationals, too much politics and Politian's, getting by in the name

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    there needs to be root and branch changes in management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 9 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Company

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

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

    Pros

    Not much except for health benefits

    Cons

    Horrible and incompetent management; company is full of back stabbers, lazy individuals who are very defensive and often shoot down people who try, and full of "YES men" Worst company I have ever worked for in 15 years. Culture is horrible!!!!!!!!!!!!! And, the stack rank system (although rebranded) is still alive and well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    board of directors should fire all management and start over. This company has too many issues and keeping the old guard in place or not looking externally for CEO, etc. did not help this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    Awefull place

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

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

    Pros

    Onboarding only took a month and I did it on my own

    Cons

    Back stabbing, deceit, racist, sexist culture. Most devious and self promoting engineers win. If you want to do good engineering work then go somewhere else. If you love politics and outsmarting your peers then this is the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire your managers and start over with a fresh culture. Change your entire motivational system. This new one you're implementing will fail just like the stack rank system. In fact, wait, it's the same.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    via Volt

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Video Game Tester
    Current Employee - Video Game Tester

    I have been working at Microsoft part-time

    Pros

    working at volt I got to say I have worked for microsoft

    Cons

    treated bad,
    other workers where very stingy and acted like gamers rather then working professionals,
    I was on call,
    job availability was bad,
    I quite but they keep calling me in to work to this day,
    no advancement to the actual Microsoft buildings,
    very low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are going to have a company work for you to hire people make sure they are not a horrible place to work for, that says a lot about Microsoft choices and company as a whole.

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

    Very complicated company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    - windows, office, sql, yammer, lync

    Cons

    - complexity, - old fashioned, - licensing, - anti piracy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    No Job Security At All . . . .

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    Nothing is great as it looks from outside. They hired me 6 months back and just fired without any reason. PERFORMANCE was not the reason for sure as I just got a nice appraisal last month itself.

    Cons

    Job Security, no good projects, Management tooo bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think before you take any decision and at least consult the person who will be affected by this decision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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