Microsoft Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
8,453 Reviews
3.7
8,453 Reviews
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 833 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 975 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 543 reviews)

  • Review system that pushes people to look out for themselves instead of being team focused (in 398 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great compensation, fixing mistakes, in a culture where you can have a life outside work

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

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

    Pros

    Great people managers who understand how to give their employees excellent work-life balance. Challenging projects to work on that affect the lives of often tens, or even hundreds of millions of customers. Great changes in the last year to fix culture problems and crazy inefficiencies where the same thing would be built independently by different teams. A removal of leadership who led to the creation of poorly-received products. Incredible freedom to move between product groups to try new things with management that supports such moves.

    Cons

    Problematic PR which still flubs the message of otherwise-great products way too frequently, and a devices strategy that's taking way too long to produce great high-end phones. Love the Surface Pro 3 though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep moving in the direction of the last year. Listen to JoeB. But get rid of the ridiculous amount of middle-management in OSG.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Satisfied

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    There are good career opportunities, compensation, room for growth Work life balance is OK, depends on team and management.

    Cons

    It is a very internally focused/centered culture, with lots of layers of middle management. Responsability gets dilluted. Good perks.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Best company I have ever worked for!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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    Product Advisor

    • 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 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
  6.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Own it do it its up to you

    • 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 as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    flexable Working hours and location

    Cons

    long hours tight deadlines and some lack of clarity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    clear low hanging obsticals before running

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Evolution and People

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

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

    Pros

    It's a great place to learn and evolve your career. Plenty of opportunities to explore other areas. Also Microsoft is evolving... I'm starting to hear and see dramatic changes in some basics that I though I'd never see... it's pretty exciting to see and cheer along.

    Cons

    Microsoft is evolving, mean while the lay off's hit hard, and all the changes make things a little more unclear and uncertain...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Microsoft needs a win soon.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall great place to work

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is a reason people come from all over the world to work for this company. Experiences vary widely depending on your group, boss and co-worker. Mine were always positive. And I LOVED that MS matched my giving to non-profits. The benefits and perks are beyond amazing.

    Cons

    Didn't love re-hashing goals every 6 months, reviews were tedious, and way too frequent reorgs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Program Manager

    • 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

    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
  11.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

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