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Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
8,992 Reviews
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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.  

    Great Entry Level Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    Compensation is competitive, benefits are outstanding, the company cares.

    Cons

    Politics, Compliance, HR is the true decision maker in the business, has become extremely sales based and hurts customer experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great Pay, Awesome Benefits, Good-Ole-Boy Atmosphere

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits, get to work with cutting edge infrastructure, great co-workers

    Cons

    Two re-orgs a year, constant office changes, it's not what you do, it's who you know, too many layers of management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are too many layers between the employee and the GM or exec. There were THREE managers between myself and the GM - that's too much. Politics run rampant in that kind of atmosphere, leading to stress and poor performance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place to Work

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Exciting work, great pay and benefits, ability to use new technology. Microsoft is a place where you can easily move around to work on new challenges when you are ready.

    Cons

    Lack of free food that is seen in many tech companies. Health care is no longer free, but they do provide money each year to cover a portion of what you might have to pay, so you just have to save that up for 2 years to no longer have to pay anything out of pocket.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide free snacks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good pay, not always good work

    • 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

    Pros

    - base salary
    - good benefits
    - can move around the company easily now

    Cons

    - lots of legacy work to support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Is that merge of dev and test gonna finish any time soon?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Top notch company, but very political

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

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

    Pros

    Very smart and hardworking teammates

    Cons

    Corporate Politics galore. Review system breeds individuals to step on others to advance ones career

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Outstanding company with great career opportunities

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

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

    Pros

    Very intellectually stimulating environment. Constant opportunities to learn and grow. Many career opportunities.
    Great benefits. Diversity is highly valued within the company culture with opportunities for everyone. Lot of flexibility in work arrangements.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge is that success within the company has significant demands that can be a challenge to maintain a good work/Life balance.
    Recent health benefits changes have resulted in significant increase in healthcare costs for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on ability to manage work/life balance, especially for employees who must travel regularly
    Reconsider health benefits, which have become costly and complex.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    whatever

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Good pay, lots of tech, flexible work schedule, opportunity to move around

    Cons

    Too many managers who do nothing, too much process

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    great environment very good opportunities

    Cons

    lack of focus no clear objectives

  10.  

    Good Working experience

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

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

    Pros

    I have been working in the Azure org for 4 years. Very informal culture at dev level. Good work life balance. Close working relationship with PMs.

    Cons

    Things get slighly bureaucratic at times. There is also politics being played when it comes reorganization. People are afraid to take risks and bet on new technology when it comes to enterprise.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    This place is pretty nice.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    There's lots of things to do. Lots of people to talk to. Pretty friendly.

    Cons

    I wish there was more food in the cafeteria.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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