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Updated Jul 31, 2014
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3.6 7,655 reviews

86% Approve of the CEO

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

(660 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 688 reviews)

  • Tons of super smart people working for the right reasons - to make a difference (in 893 reviews)


Cons
  • And there are times when the workload may impede on your work-life balance (in 476 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist (in 369 reviews)

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    A challenging role working with wonderful people.

    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsThe greatest pro of working at Microsoft is the wonderful people. I spend all day with fabulous coworkers and chose to spend my free time with a different group of Microsoft employees. I cannot say enough about the professional support as well as personal contacts I've found within Microsoft.

    ConsCloudy vision for some areas. Satya Nadalla seems to have a cohesive vision for a unified Microsoft. There will be some growing pains, but well worth it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to do an internship

    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsAmazing benefits, flexible work hours, great pay/compensation

    ConsLarge corporation - lots of red tape at times.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people, good work life balance, good products.

    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsMost of the people are smart, hardworking and fun. Very passionate about what they do. I've always had pretty good work/life balance, with only occasional long weekends and late nights. The products have global impact, which can be exciting. Very good pay, health coverage, and other benefits.

    ConsSometimes a lot of bureaucracy, the normal sort you expect from a big company. Frequent re-orgs waste almost a month every year... or more.

    Slow promotion process to get to a Lead or Manager position. In *years* there, I've only seen a few people leave lead positions, and only a couple people move into lead positions from the individual contributor ranks.

    Review process is not fun. There's a lot of competition and it's a forced bell curve. I spend a large portion of my time working to distinguish myself and grab projects from others so that I could get into the top 30% bracket... otherwise, you might get randomly laid off if the company is going through a re-org. Sometimes a whole team might get low review scores, just because another team was deemed more important.
    (Supposedly they dumped the review ratings, but they still rate you and use that to determine your bonus and promotions. And the bonus is still on a forced curve. Now they just don't tell you the score, but you can still figure it out based on the bonus percentage you get.)

    Also, the SDE vs SDET thing is not the best, however, it should be improving. In the past SDE could dump garbage over the fence and SDET had to test, find bugs, help with fixes, and then get in trouble for slowing down the feature RI, or shipping date. The company is trying to put more responsibility on the SDE's for code quality, and if they succeed, then great! But I'll believe it when I see it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNope.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very resourceful first internship!

    User Experience Designer (Former Employee) Cambridge, MA

    ProsI loved working with the people in my team, and the company didn't hesitate to get involved with our projects and provide us with the resources we needed to make the best app we could for the summer. Also Intern Week = AWESOME

    ConsThe company can be kind of distant, and the work you sometimes are tasked with seems miniscule in the scope of the product you are working on

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    You'll learn more in 1 year at Microsoft than you will in 5 years at many other companies.

    Solution Specialist (Current Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsCompensation is reasonable. Benefits are good--although not as good as they used to be. Work-life balance is reasonable depending on your role.

    ConsYour ability to be successful in a sales role is strongly dependent on the random quota-setting process and how many of your accounts have renewals scheduled for their Enterprise Agreements in the fiscal year.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Company is changing for the better

    Software Development Engineer (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsGreat coworkers, learned a lot and enjoyed my time at Microsoft.

    ConsUpper management could listen more to there employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to new ideas from the little guys. Don't just dictate work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior Test Lead

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros- Keep your own schedule
    - great growth opps
    - as much training as you want
    - work hard and you get your bonus and promos

    Cons- Test is becoming a dying breed

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue all of your assets, testers, devs and PMs.

    Be diligent about who you keep and who you let go. Alot of good people work at microsoft, but some lack direction.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place for a career

    Senior Director Marketing (Current Employee)

    ProsCompany allows for people to move around to new roles and opportunities to grow their careers beyond one function or industry. Microsoft is large enough that you can be in the games industry for part of your career and the mobile device industry as another part without having to leave the company

    ConsThe company shift functional areas organization has limited the impact a single individual can have on business beyond their core function. When Microsoft had smaller division and team of cross function people you could be doing Product Management and Planning while also doing business management all in the same role.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake Innovation the core of what Microsoft does. Lead with Innovation, New Ideas and a bold vision that captures the imagination of the market and employees. Inspire and lead the industry.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Unparalleled - If you have a chance to work there, take it

    Group Manager (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsSmart people
    Big goals
    Tremendous opportunity to grow
    Products have huge impact on the market and on people's lives
    Great compensation package
    Opportunity to learn in one of the most successful companies ever

    ConsMany employees have been there so long that they may have lost some context about the real world. In Office, for example, they were unwilling to incorporate mobile devices as a 1st experience until way too late - despite multiple voices calling for it. And you can see a similar delay with Office apps for IOS. This self-centeredness also extends to management. When someone is doing well, that person is golden. When someone isn't doing well, there's no safety net. It's extremely Ayn Randian. I was there nearly 20 years - I started as an individual contributor contractor, and worked my way up to group manager (managing managers). I believed in the review system and the company for at least 15 of those years - complainers just couldn't hack it, I thought. But I honestly realize now that there is a blind spot with regard to human performance. People can still be great performers and contributors even after they've failed to deliver in a particular circumstance. Perhaps Satya will impact that for the better.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe next time you need to deal with a poor-performer, really ask yourself if you've "flipped the bit" internally too soon. Try imagining this person as your star performer and consider how you would be treating them. If it's different, remember that our expectations are a huge predictor of others' success.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company to work for.

    Senior Program Manager (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsIncredibly smart peers.
    Work from anywhere.
    In-house shopping and stores
    Library
    Subsidized products.

    ConsOffice politics.
    Risk averse middle management.
    declining benefits - health insurance and food options.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOverhaul the middle management.
    Promote new superstar hires.
    Bring in fresh blood.
    Promote start-up scrappy thinking.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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