Microsoft Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Good big company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Good healthcare benefits. Ability to learn and cange job functions.

    Cons

    A bit slow and bureaucratic. Slow upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on customers. Hire better salespeople who don't sell licensing, but understand technology and customer value.

  2. Great people but lacking passion for work

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

    I worked at Microsoft

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people were wonderful - personable, kind, funny. They were supportive of others taking initiative and very generous with their time, particularly in helping new team members get up to speed.

    Cons

    People would spend 6 hours at work on many days, and in that time, not necessarily get work done. Additionally, in some cases, projects that were doomed to fail or not well thought-out were assigned. Some employees could have put their talents to use in better ways.

    Advice to Management

    Set the tone by showing up to work early, staying late, and exuding rigor in every part of the job. This rigor may trickle down to the rest of the team and inspire more passion for, and commitment to, the work at hand.

  3. Helpful (2)

    The Microsoft Stack Ranking

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Used to be a big company, so some people may still think it as a good enough IT company. Or belongs to the first tier. Not the top pay company, but is good.

    Cons

    1. The Windows technology is not used by the world. And it's going downward, so your experience at Microsoft will no longer help you when you find new jobs outside. Because everybody else are using something different.
    2. The Benefit is going down. The medicals increased deductible, like 3K for two people family. 3.75K for family with 1 kid.
    3. bureaucracy and politics. Now revolution is going on, like agile(ship monthly), flatten structural, merged engineering. But the many level of leads and managers are not going away. After a while, they fall back to their previous role. The lead now doesn't own head count, but they are doing exactly the same thing as before. That's pushing others.
    4. The famous Stack ranking system. It is being revolutionized, but it's still there. And now Microsoft have a lot of crazy policies like: if you didn't get good review last year, you can't move within Microsoft, you have to leave for other company. If you leave Microsoft as FTE, you can't work for it until 6 months later even as vendor. My friend was just forced out of MS, now they don't fire you, they ask you to voluntarily resign from MS, with very small amount of money no matter how many years you have served here.
    MS is becoming more and more mean, and less sympathy here.

    Advice to Management

    No advice, it can't be redeemed.

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  5. Some Good, Some Bad

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good compensation and outstanding benefits (especially the health benefits); some of the bets people you'll ever meet; fantastic commitment to the community and giving back

    Cons

    Really poor people managers; extreme arrogance by many (and for no reason)

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the mid year reviews as it eats up so many man hours and for little return; weed out the ineffective managers

  6. Dinosaur age workplace reviews

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Compression Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Compression Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great perks, awesome networking opportunities, and the campus cafe's are likely to put weight on you.

    Cons

    Annual reviews typically result in staff reduction and project graveyards.

    Advice to Management

    Stop rushing people to delivery via performance reviews

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work if you're all about Windows.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, smart people, opportunity to change career path.

    Cons

    With Balmer, everything was about Windows so, all "new areas of opportunity" used to not survive much - meaning if you were in one of these groups, you would be in a black list when, few quarters later, they decided to quit the unit.

    Advice to Management

    Focus in a few areas and work there!

  8. Good Company, competitive environment

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    pay is competitive, work is interesting

    Cons

    colleagues competitive with each other for share of bonus, junior resources in senior management roles

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers with experience outside of Microsoft

  9. Great as far as big companies go
    OK to "meh" as far as big tech companies go
    Probably better than working for Amazon

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Predictable schedule
    - Pretty good pay
    - Fairly good benefits
    - smart engineers (if you find the right team)
    - easy to transition to new areas of technology

    Cons

    - Big company problems--tough to quickly iterate on ideas and serve customers
    - A lot of managers just are along for the ride...complete risk aversion.
    - Not really a fun place to work. It used to be...somewhat. Sinofsky really started to clamp down on the budget in Win8, and it got smaller and smaller each year. The new leadership has only continued this...there are rarely any moral events. When they do have them, they're lame and maybe have some nibbles the admin bought at costco. It feels like my Mom is putting on these moral events sometimes

    Advice to Management

    It's hard to recruit top young talent here...I'm not even sure how to sell the company anymore. Simple things go a long way: don't have interns living in Redmond while they work over the summer. Put them in downtown Seattle (where the MBA grad interns live). Redmond sucks and is dead; sell them on the amazing city of Seattle (send them to Sounders/Mariner games, etc., etc.).

    Let them have a budget to have their office painted, and pick out some different furniture options to make their space feel "unique and cool".

    Serve beer on Friday.

  10. Big company, big benefits, big competittion

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Microsoft can be thought of as a company of companies that's changing it's ways to become united and up to date. Microsoft has very good benefits, perks, and opportunity to work on many things.

    Cons

    Quite bureaucratic and still very much so transitioning to be a agile and modern software company. At times still hold onto old methodologies and practices as well as sticking to old technologies.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce middle management, encourage team growth instead of individualism, pursue and attain best modern practices.

  11. Software Engineer II

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer (SDE) II in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer (SDE) II in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible, not high pressure, good work/life balance, nice people

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for growth, really bad engineering tools, Windows

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