Microsoft Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Great group great company.

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    Former Intern - Intern in Bellevue, WA
    Former Intern - Intern in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Nice work-life balance, great people, great pay, fantastic intern program.

    Cons

    Aspirations seemed to stagnate and employee motivations for products tended to wane.

  2. Sr Program manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, 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

    Great work environment. Good opportunities.

    Cons

    Things can move too slowly

  3. SharePoint Consultant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SharePoint Consultant in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - SharePoint Consultant in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    very challenges position and had chances to work with a lot of talent people. a lot of trainings.

    Cons

    Very complicated organization and manager always push you to do pre-sales and other redundant works which you don't like it. a lot of travel and no work life balance.

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  5. A great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    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)

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

    Pros

    Company is rapidly evolving towards a cloud and productivity focused world. Extremely exciting and challenging problems await.

    Cons

    Lots of politics lingers from old-Microsoft culture.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on enabling bottoms-up engineering. Fix the review process so it isn't terrible. Make working with open-source easier.

  6. Helpful (1)

    I love working on products that positively impact the lives of many people.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good exposure to executives, good exposure to smart people and access to product groups across the company, good spirit of camaraderie towards one mission.

    Cons

    Culture can be somewhat rigid compared to other tech companies and varies greatly between teams, not much company investment into employee groups and activities, almost no company sponsored morale-type events.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to keeping employees happy in things other than their exact assignments - things like quality/price of dining and morale events/team community matter.

  7. Good compensation and benefits, great technology and challenging work, bad culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager in Bellevue, WA

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

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

    Pros

    + Great brand name
    + Lots of opportunities for challenging work
    + Work with latest technology and on leading edge project
    + Great compensation and benefits package

    Cons

    - Corporate culture promotes alpha-type behavior
    - Lack of collaboration between departments and groups
    - Lack of company self-awareness and understanding of market position

    Advice to Management

    Break down barriers and walls and make groups, teams and individuals work together better. Encourage people to try out and evaluate competitor's products rather than preaching "MSFT only" or "MSFT is the best". This would help open people's minds and become more competitive. Especially long-time Microsoft employees seem to miss an understanding of MSFT in the market and the good and bad vs. it's competition.

  8. Overall a good place to work.

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great stability and benefits so it's a "safe" place to be an employee. The breadth of products and services allows employees the opportunity to be familiar with many different areas of the influence.

    Cons

    If you are not tapped early as one of the anointed ones and put on the fast track to executive leadership, you won't have much career growth at this company. Jumping from one division to another can be difficult. Microsoft is heavily matrixed and it's processes and bureaucracy stifle innovation and the ability to react quick twitch to business opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Although it is a very large company, the divisions can move more quickly than is often allowed and thereby lose some ripe market opportunity. Allow the divisions more autonomy for business growth.
    Decentralize the business hub. from Redmond/Bellevue to all remote working from other business centers where partners and tech culture is thriving, e.g. SF/Silicon Valley, LA, Austin, Boston, NYC.

  9. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer (SDE) II in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer (SDE) II in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

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

    Pros

    Interesting innovative projects
    A lot of machine learning
    Private offices instead of open space
    Good motivation processes
    Great medical/sport/etc. benefits

    Cons

    A lot of bureaucracy in management
    Competing between teams for projects
    Long deployment cycles

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate performance better
    Promote people for achievements, not for years of experience or other reasons
    Invest in important areas more resources

  10. Solid

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Bellevue, WA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Upfront, honest company with the best of intentions that pays well and offers a pleasant physical work environment. Full of smart people trying to accomplish things. It is possible to find great teams and great work groups and work on interesting product issues.

    Cons

    The rewards system is rife with nonsense and you almost have to ignore it to succeed. Those with the greatest longevity unfortunately develop a number of bad habits relating to people management. Also, however you enter the company, be prepared to be reorganized and find yourself working for a new boss. As much as the company has product challenges, there are a lot of internal challenges and one of the biggest challenges for each employee is to not become consumed by those internal challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Over-reliance on vendors only perpetuates the people management issues; let those who actually do something be the employees and let those who only hold meetings find new work.

  11. Product Designer

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    Current Contractor - Product Designer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Contractor - Product Designer in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Young designers to inspire each other and eager to learn environment

    Cons

    Projects are huge and designs could be controlled by higher level non-designer people

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