Microsoft Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
8,179 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.  

    Awesome. Treats people well

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Escalation Engineer  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Escalation Engineer in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Good company, good benefits, treats employees well.

    Cons

    Long hours if u cannot command over your time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    some program to try different roles

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Good workplace with lots of employee benefits

    Cons

    Lots of meetings, reorganizations and drama

  3.  

    Great Company, Smart Engineers

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing product, Smart colleagues, awesome compensation and benefits. Opportunity to learn and grow almost any software technology

    Cons

    Big company cons - does not move as fast as one would want to be. This is normal and no company of Microsoft can avoid this - period

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the current momentum

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Big corporation, but you will have options.

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

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

    Pros

    Stable, benefits are (still, used to be even better) very good for people with families, many projects company is working on, so you can change things up without leaving the company

    Cons

    Company is huge and has many old corporate culture pieces in place, hard to stand out as an individual contributor.
    Review system used to be very contradictive, on words promoting collaboration and teamwork while in fact pitting you against your peers. It changes now, but too soon to tell if it's a new approach for real. Many things depend on your manager.
    Forget about work-life balance if you want to advance quicker than average.
    The more time you spend here the more you get stuck with MS technologies, which doesn't help much when you try to find similar class employers outside of MS.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well done on engineering reorg, but still many things can be improved in terms employee career management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    SDET

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great company, good people, and tech faint.

    Cons

    Too slow to change and not much growth opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put people on right projects based on their interests and abilities and not treat them as numbers.

  7.  

    In general I love this company but there is some dark side

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

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

    Pros

    - Many opportunities inside of company
    - Not so hard to move one position to another
    - Rich set of technology portfolio
    - A lot of smart people
    - Great pay

    Cons

    - Many political people
    - Many slackers
    - Many short sighted leaders and minions
    - Many overhead and report line

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove directors and GMs. I have no clue what they do but overhead.
    Create culture where you embrace new idea. It is very hard to get support from stakeholders unless you create perfect business plan.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A place with many telants

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and training opportunities

    Cons

    Not a fast expanding company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Treats employees well even as its reinventing itself

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

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

    Pros

    Microsoft has one of the best employee benefits and pay in the industry. The company is going through a transformation and moving towards open communications enabling effective cross team collaboration, reducing middle management, and bringing back strong customer focus.

    Cons

    Microsoft continually strives to keeps its workforce out of their comfort zones, always challenged and pushing their limits, even as many people have come to settle in the company for long term employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even as the new CEO is trying to get teams to have customer focus, many teams are unable to raise themselves to the challenge, especially the old school managers who have grown through the ranks riding on past company success. There is a fat partner band who don't embrace customer focus, and continue to employ politics for survival and growth, need to trimmed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A constantly evolving work environment that supports continuous growth.

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

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

    Pros

    If you ever decide you're bored with a given technology or modality you have tons of opportunities to move around and try something new.

    Cons

    This company is becoming more political each day. More and more red tape and arrogance on the part of management is slowing the wheels of innovation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Best job i ever had

    • 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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You are working with the smartest people on earth, culture is great and there is a lot of respect between developers PMs, testers and UX people.
    Compensation is good and they really take care of the employees.

    Cons

    Had a big problem changing course, may have improved with the new CEO.
    Letting go of people that were doing great job is not the smartest move in my opinion, but hey the stock is climbing...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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