Microsoft Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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  1. Sr. Mechanical Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great welcome package! After MS bought Nokia they welcomed all and gave us all a Surface or Xbox.

    Great Severance Package too!

    Cons

    Ahhhh, the roller coaster ride of High Tech with corporate giants

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    San Diego is a great place to live and is a high tech wireless hub; too bad MS closed SD Design.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Product Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Good overall compensation plan, good balance work/life

    Cons

    Backstabbing peers, rat race ruin environment. New CEO promised to change that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. About a C

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    Former Contractor - Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Contractor - Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Smart people, interesting products. Got to work with interesting clients and help launch the XBOX 1 platform and try to sell advertising on that.

    Cons

    Not treated great - never made to feel part of the company. As a contracted employee there were usually events we were told not to attend and then expected to work on the products the next day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Pays well with good benefits

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Good pay
    Good benefits (medical, 401k)
    Good work life balance
    Seattle is a great place to live

    Cons

    Politics
    Not much equity
    Work was terrible
    Lot of inefficiencies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More equity
    Make work force more efficient by avoiding duplication and making more workforce reduction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. good company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    great benefits, although changes to HSA have made more costly; smart people

    Cons

    political; upper management focused on their careers & perception

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. LCA Paralegal

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    Current Employee - Paralegal in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Paralegal in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    You will work with intelligent, sharp-minded people.

    Cons

    The company does not have a clear view on where it is headed; mostly due to mismanagement by Ballmer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to listen to the product teams and innovate from within. Learn to lead not follow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. From superior to substandard...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Smart people, good pay, great benefits, awesome campus

    Cons

    Unfortunately, they have drank too much of their Kool-Aid and don't realize they aren't the leaders anymore. Time to make competitive products and empower the employees again!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back the morale budget and start taking care of your employees again!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Great company in a sea of disorienting change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Very smart people to work with, lots of different businesses.

    Cons

    Company moving to top down environment. Not much room for your own contributions. Benefits are no longer competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time with L63-64. They aren't getting the same message that Satya is delivering.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Review

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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

    Pros

    benefits are good
    lots of opportunities

    Cons

    lots of reorgs
    work life blaance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Program Manager

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Generally experience a laid back work environment with flexible working hours and low-key team culture, morale events are good team building exercises

    Cons

    Lack of benefits as a vendor, difficulty to transition to full time, lack of job security and relevant training courses, groups can be cliquey

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement more training paths for becoming an FTE and scaling the corporate ladder, offer more feedback/review to vendors for positive growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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