Microsoft Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
8,174 Reviews
3.8
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 786 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 944 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 511 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist (in 388 reviews)

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  1.  

    Working at microsoft

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Personal Growath opportunities are lot. There are so many products and application, you can work on as much challenging stuff as you want.

    Cons

    Do not find any cons.

  2.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    bright, inspiring people
    opportunity for advancement
    great products

    Cons

    Because of growth and size, takes longer to get things done

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company, good benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years

    Pros

    It's a nice working environment.

    Cons

    Often feels like advancement is difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company but somethings can be deceiving

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, relatively easy to move between divisions, if you are good and luck you'll work with great people.

    Cons

    You might work with mediocre teams.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Sales

    Current Employee - Sales  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Sales in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Sales leader manage employees, benefits

    Cons

    Sales leader, paid training, great benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sales

  7.  

    MSR Silicon Valley is an amazing opportunity for Ph.D students

    Former Employee - Research Intern  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    World-best researchers in an academic-like setting, minus teaching / administrative duties. Think of professors at a top-5 school, but instead of grad students the researchers collaborate with each other. During summer, there is higher than a 1:1 intern to researcher ratio. The researchers have research they were wanting to do, but didn't have the manpower to. This is your opportunity. After the internship, there is good follow-up, and for me this led to a published paper that became a part of my thesis.

    Cons

    An internship does not provide any extra advantage for future employment at MSR. The place is just too competitive. .NET is highly encouraged (if you like to choose your own languages).

  8.  

    Passionate people working on a product they all believe will profoundly benefit the consumer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Industry Marketing Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Industry Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I enjoyed working in an environment where everyone on the team had an immense amount of pride and dedication to the product. Very supportive management, generous salary and perks, and Microsoft has global brand recognition.

    Cons

    The stack ranking system (which is now gone). Also a necessary negative when working with any large corporation, is the amount of time required for meetings, training, and paperwork not related to the product.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great training but employmwent is numbers driven

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    informative, fun, you learn a lot

    Cons

    they exect you to spend lots of time there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what youre doing

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Comfortably Uniique

    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    With the diversity in Microsoft and the ability to move across teams, disciplines and geographies is liberating. For all the hate Microsoft may get it has mostly positive, smart and understanding leaders.

    Cons

    Roles can sometimes be confusing. A program manager can end up handling too many things internally and focus very little externally. This leads to product confusion.
    Also even though its a very large company, it competes with hyper focused competitors where the leadership is crystal clear on the are and the number of people working on it may be much more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue being open and help people understand the strategy internally. There are far too many cynical people inside the company who do not understand the strategy and this is something that is extremely harmful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the best places to work as a Software Engineer

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    + People are insanely smart, some of them legendary.
    + There is virtually no limit in terms of learning opportunities, professional growth and career advancement.
    + Everyone gets own office!
    + Benefit is one of the best in the industry, period.

    Cons

    - Performance review used to be based on stack ranking and fixed curve.
    - Skill set may become irrelevant if not actively kept up with the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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