Microsoft

www.microsoft.com
There are newer employer reviews for Microsoft

1 person found this helpful  

Two Classes of Worker

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Program Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Former Employee - Program Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL

I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (more than 5 years)

Pros

Very flexible regarding work environment (lots of opportunity to work in a virtual environment), great opportunity to learn and apply new skills, global workforce.

Cons

There are two class of workers. Blue Badges and Orange Badges. Many of the people who work at MS are orange badges, meaning they work similar to full time employees, but are actually vendors or internal contractors. This means you can work for years without benefits of being a true employee.

Also in the past few years other companies have made some of the technologies that are much better and more advanced then what is coming out of MS.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Recognize the contributions of the orange badges!

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

9020 Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft (View Most Recent)

Sort: Rating Date
  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Some divisions at MSFT are better than others, but bad management and performance review systems are a universal pain.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Service Engineer In Operations in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Service Engineer In Operations in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The perks are generally good; even the new, crappier health insurance is pretty good. There are a LOT of really smart, dedicated people there. The trick is to work in a division that's currently got a shiny object, like Xbox or Azure.

    Cons

    The performance review system is a nightmare, and the bane of every employee. Nobody is really under the impression that Ballmer or his immediate reports have any real strategy for what they're doing. The internal politics are different among the various divisions, and some are very, very bad. I would recommend avoiding work in the Online Services Division at all cost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Steve Ballmer needs to go and the performance review and career management systems need to be rewritten from the ground up to emphasize teamwork and customer focus, both of which are sorely lacking now. When you spend a bunch of money on an acquisition, maybe try learning from how they ran things instead of cramming the Microsoft Way down their throats. (Best of luck with Skype. Hope you don't do to them what you did to aQuantive.)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    MS Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    Good Salary & Benefits
    Intelligent people
    Plenty of exciting projects
    Challenging
    Plenty of scope to grow
    Strong engineering culture
    Plenty of opportunities within the company
    Fun place to work

    Cons

    Stack ranking
    Excessive politics
    Visibility over substance
    People tend to get stuck at middle levels
    Plenty of people frustrated about lack of collaboration and teamwork
    There is a sense that we are not as innovative as we could be
    Can be a bit bureaucratic at times
    Not enough women in engineering roles
    Risk taking is not rewarded
    Managers are not as strong as they could be

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of stack ranking. This will encourage collaboration and innovation and reduce the number of people who seek visibility rather than having an impact on the product. The current system tends to encourage employees to undermine each other because they know that someone else's success means my downfall. This also creates unnecessary stress and distracts from the actual work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
There are newer employer reviews for Microsoft

Work at Microsoft? Share Your Experiences

Microsoft

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.