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Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
8,788 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.  

    Satisfied as a Program Manager for MSFT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Love people and the open culture

    Cons

    There is Lack of forward thinking and I feel we are always reactive

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Long term and short term career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Work life balance and a great benefit plan

    Cons

    low base salary, slow move up the ladder

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more moving opportunities to go up than go sideways

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great company but watch your back

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing, company culture as a whole is amazing

    Cons

    There is a "Gottcha" mentality within the retail division that seems to be spreading to the rest of the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    No ambition

    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, amazing pay, lots of good people.

    Cons

    Very little ambition amongst the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cultivate startup culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Salaries within the organization across various locatons

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    International company with strong global presence

    Cons

    Huge organizational structure can be challenging

  7.  

    Awesome learning experiece

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great team, great culture, amazing teams, lots of work, flexible timings, great rewards

    Cons

    You have to be in the good books of yr manager too...But i guess thats everywhere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company and learning opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staffing Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Staffing Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    This is a mature origination with systems and processes in place. However, there is always an opportunity to provide feedback for improvement and lead projects that create an impact. Benefits are amazing and take the pressure off thinking about what you need for a work/life balance - health, stay fit, childcare, work from home. The company also encourages movement - sometimes a bit too quickly. Internal candidates are encouraged to apply to other positions and are highly considered for open positions.

    Cons

    The company is big so navigating it can be very challenging. Due to the old model of stack ranking employees, employees are very self promoting and culture gets a little political especially at more Sr level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company to work for with lots of smart overachieving employees.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, smart employees, internal moves greatly supported.

    Cons

    So many internal metrics and scorecards that create false/meaningless priorities and lead to undeserved bonus'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that most scorecard metrics are doctored with gamed data. Get rid of them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Business Administrator in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Executive Business Administrator in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you are a technology buff, this is the place to be! Always on the forefront of the latest computer technology. Sure the company may still have a smaller than desired market of the mobile business but the product it puts out is good and fluid and fun to use.

    Cons

    You are constantly on the job. The global nature of the teams allow for a wide range of experiences and interactions. But that also means that when you sleep, someone is asking you for something. Also, the company has more than its fair share of type A personalities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most people would rather continue receiving a paycheck and health benefits instead of unemployment. It would be better to stress a bit less on "fancy" waters and unmonitored food offerings and more effort put into actually helping your employees succeed and advance instead of get laid-off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good Pay, Good Co-workers, Talent everywhere

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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

    Working with the brightest and hard working people
    50% of the company is sales, marketing, operations; so you don't have to be an engineer to work at Microsoft
    Lots of resources to get your job done
    Life on campus is excellent, including a health clinic
    Women are paid equally
    The pay is better than many others

    Cons

    No talent management: Each group is an island. If your job is eliminated, HR doesn't look to see where in the company you might be able to find a similar job, they just say goodbye to you, and loose incredible talent, knowledge, and institutional knowledge. This should really bug stockholders that realize this churn is expensive. There is employee development, just no talent management.

    There is a bit of ageism. Not by factor of age, but by factor of tenure longevity. Supposedly there is a finance formula that creates targets of longevity, pay, grade, and other factors when a reduction is needed. In the recent job eliminations in 2014, this theme of more tenured, therefor older, employees are let go, and evident just looking at the people carrying out their boxes. It was just too obvious.

    Women seem to have much slower speed in advancement. Paid the same, but men move through the ranks quicker. It is easy to see, if 29% of the company is made up of women, then why aren't 29% of Midlevel to senior managers women? The company isn't a startup there are established people of both genders. The company has 50% sales, marketing, operations, these are not traditionally male centric roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to keep employees moving into available jobs, versus paying severance etc. Only depart the poor performance employees. It is bad on morale to loose great employees. I hate seeing great talent not moved to other places that the company could benefit from their knowledge.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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