Microsoft Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
7,932 Reviews

3.8
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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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  1.  

    experience at microsoft

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    good ppl to work with

    Cons

    low salary , future is shaky

    Recommends
  2.  

    Make awesome products people probably aren't using.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager II  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, interesting work (based on the groups I've chosen to work in), and extremely congenial atmosphere. I've encountered very few people that I consider a waste of headcount over the years, which is in stark contrast to other big companies I've worked for where that rate ran up to 50% in some cases.

    Cons

    The company is still struggling to find consumer mojo and it's disappointing to see them produce good products that they fail to market appropriately. As a result, you feel like half of the stuff Microsoft is working on is pointless. Find a group that's building something you're passionate about and you'll be fine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix marketing. You can't advertise something for two weeks after you release and call it good. Every third ad on TV is for an iPhone or iPad. They only come out with new ones once a year - sustained marketing does wonders.

    More acquisitions. Stop spinning up new products and services that are half-baked copies of something and just buy the market leader. Buy Spotify or Pandora for example and put a bullet in Xbox Music. Xbox Music sucks, you're not improving it fast enough, just pack it in and buy a service people are using.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It's nice being the underdog again.

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

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

    Pros

    With as much cash as Microsoft has, there is ton's of time to correct the mistakes of the past and create a new durable future. The new CEO is making the right moves too

    Cons

    Right now with the restructuring, some businesses are getting cut and others propped up. It will take some time to get everything figured out but it might be painful for some for a while

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go fast.

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  5.  

    Nice moment to be in Microsoft

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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 3 years

    Pros

    Culture is changing and the you can breath openness and willingness to change.

    Cons

    Still some pockets of "old-Microsoft" thinking. There is still lots of stream-lining to do and the changes in different disciplines' responsibilities will make it hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For mid-level managers:
    Quickly identify people that are driven and will be at for front of the change. Empower them. Give credit.
    Guide the rest through the transition.

    For the leadership:
    Big bets, please!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Well rounded, and very gracious to interns.

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    So much free stuff! From free beer Friday, free t-shirts from events seemingly weekly, free soft drink everywhere, free gift at the end plus free event, and chances to win even more, they do a lot to give away stuff for you. Working environment was great. My team happened to be older, but all very nice people willing to help me and wanting me to succeed. I felt very valued and wanted even though the work I did wasn't necessarily the team's top priority. Great pay and moving/housing stipend for the summer.

    Cons

    As a company, the time off policy is pretty strict for interns. My manager was very lax however, so I can't personally complain. Your mileage may very however. This could be a pro as well depending on your stance, but there were a lot of very talented employees that wanted to move up, so I'd imagine climbing the latter would be tougher than at some companies. Can be very intimidating, but almost everyone you work with is very smart, so the work environment is very productive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increasing the time off policy officially would be nice so it didn't feel as awkward when talking to my manager. Even just two or three days would be more than enough for an intern in all likelihood.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent place to work with smart people.

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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 more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working at Microsoft, it's clear that nearly everyone is just brilliant. Most everyone is passionate about the products they are working on, and they all just want to get work done right.

    Also, company does a great job with benefits: excellent health insurance, amazing 401k, flexible work hours, and many other perks.

    Cons

    It's easy to lose the forest for the trees. So much time is spent pushing bugs around, sending emails, and scheduling spec reviews that it's easy to forget about the bigger picture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It's just Microsoft

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Good snack foods. Decent pay.

    Cons

    They treat contractors and vendors like second-class citizens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just hire people if you want them to work for you.

  9.  

    High-impact jobs with a great culture

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    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 8 years

    Pros

    The work you do at Microsoft will affect the whole world, and the people you work with are all very excited about this. All of my managers have been exceptional. There's an overall culture of saying what needs to be said and doing what needs to be done regardless of organizational boundaries, etc. Lots of opportunities for training & development.

    Cons

    Health benefits are not what they once were, although I'm told they're still very good compared to other businesses. Expect to spend a fair amount of time recording medical expenses and making sure you've been billed for the right services, making sure your providers are in-network, etc.

    The SDET role is very much in flux right now, since a lot of test responsibilities have been given to developers (not to mention the layoffs). The actual work for that role will depend a lot on which product/team you work on.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Awesome.

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Everything is great and many benefits.

    Cons

    No Challenges that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    good company

    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test II  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test II in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    benefits
    work environment
    office culture
    the jobs you do are impactful and noticeable
    shuttles
    connectors
    health benefits
    the people you work with are generally smart. So you learn tons of stuff from other people. There is also a good amount of courses that you can register to get whole lot of information, if you want to grow yourself in your career.

    Cons

    I do like the company.

    No opinion of CEO

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