Microsoft Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
8,106 Reviews
3.8
8,106 Reviews
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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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    Product Advisor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Looks great on resume if you plan to advance in an IT industry.

    Cons

    Have no cons just yet, as I am still going through the hiring process.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    MS review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Work life balance, career opportunities

    Cons

    changes with every project release

  3.  

    I have had tremendous opportunity for career growth and working on exciting projects

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    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 10 years

    Pros

    Career growth, lots of smart people, flexibility to work on new things and move around in the company, good benefits and stability

    Cons

    The size sometimes makes it difficult navigate the best way to achieve success, duplication of effort, some groups a slow moving

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe we are moving in the right direction and the growing excitement of employees is critical to transform Microsoft.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Awesome place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Really smart people. Office culture is based on performance

    Cons

    Market position is bit bad now. Management can be sometimes hostile

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push to the cloud

  6.  

    Great company, could become even greater

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good salary, good benefits, no stack ranking (they used to do this but now it's about joint success as a group), great location, and lots of different products to work on.

    Cons

    Compensation is not as great as for some competitors (no free lunch food), company is transitioning to agile which is difficult to do given how slow it is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take advantage of new momentum from new CEO. Let the products be more design-driven.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    SDE II

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer (SDE) II  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer (SDE) II in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Microsoft cares for you and wants you to be successful

    Cons

    Sometimes your peers are better at doing politics vs programming which is unfortunate but I guess any place with this many number of people is bound to have this.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    I've been a software developer at Microsoft for 11 years.

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    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 10 years

    Pros

    It is geek heaven. You work with people who are as passionate as yourself about software development. The benefits are top of the line. If you perform well, you are rewarded well.

    Cons

    The review process is draining and if your manager doesn't fight for you, you might not earn the recognition you deserve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sure your direct reports understand what constitutes for success and then fight for them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Enterprise sales

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The most amazing people, very supportive culture, zero micro-management, ability to work on cool projects and get exposed to very senior leadership are the best things about MSFT. The company is doing great things at this time and employees are quite inspired. Company's stock has performed very well in the past few years and the salary and benefits are quite aggressive for new hires. I personally was positively surprised by how cool the company was as compared to my original perception. Perhaps, this is the result of the new CEO.

    Cons

    As a new employee you are very likely to get a bit overwhelmed at first by the amount of information you receive. This passes, however.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't stop doing what you are doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fabulous

    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer (SDE) II  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer (SDE) II in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Microsoft has wonderful work Environment and Peers and Work and Ethics and Location and Morale Events.

    Cons

    Microsoft has below average Salary/compensation and benefits and Leadership and NONE and NONE and NONE.

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good Times

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    very good place to work

    Cons

    nothing negative to say, I have nothing bad to say about this company

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