Microsoft Reviews

Updated June 17, 2015
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is what you make it; always been fine for me (in 859 reviews)

  • You will work with some incredibly smart people (in 991 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be very bad (in 552 reviews)

  • The performance review system is broken (in 400 reviews)

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  1. Great company, great products, great compensation and benefits

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Evangelist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Business Evangelist in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Great products and services and awesome people. Exciting environment for a technologist, always something new. Breadth of products and services creates interesting opportunities for a resourceful individual to close deals. Compensation and benefits are second to none. Lots of opportunities for recognition. The senior leaderships is taking bold steps to reinvent the company, which is to be greatly applauded. Highly recommended place to work.

    Cons

    Lots of A-type personalities create a very competitive environment, which inevitably means you work very long hours to stand out from the crowd. The company is very metric driven and your success will correlate to your direct contributions to your immediate team's scorecard - nothing else (really) matters.

    Advice to Management

    Return to the culture that made Microsoft great. Commitment to excellence, high standards, creativity and encouraging (and rewarding) employees to pursue big bold goals is what I loved about Microsoft when I joined.


  2. Great company with a lot of Politics

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of products to sell

    Cons

    There are a lot of politics on the Ad Sales team


  3. About a C

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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.


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  5. Great technologies, really smart people, but too many chefs in the kitchen

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solution Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Solution Specialist in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, and a great place to work - especially if you believe in the Microsoft vision. No lack of really smart people.

    Cons

    Too many layers of management that do more to confuse and disrupt than actually drive the vision forward. People move positions frequently, averaging a new role every two years, which leads to more disruption - particularly with customers.

    Advice to Management

    Less top down - more bottom up. You've hired smart people, now listen to what they bring to the table.


  6. At Microsoft

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Channel Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Channel Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and very talented people! A great technology environment where you actually use many of the solutions you sell. Great extra curricular activities and team outings!

    Cons

    Little to no investment in training or no truly dedicated HR department (outsourced.)

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to train newly hired employees….especially remote ones! If you leave unstructured training up to teammates with nothing to gain by sharing information with a new employee they may view the new hire as a threat or competitor not a peer. Its a recipe for disaster that wastes a lot of time and effort for everyone!


  7. Digital Strategist

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Ad Operations Strategist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Ad Operations Strategist in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Amazingly dedicated team with bunch of people that not only work on the field but that LOVE to work there, good salary, good benefits and great team work / community

    Cons

    Ever since the acquisition of Nokia bunch of our teams are in limbo, so not much work to do


  8. Helpful (1)

    Used to be great, now a mess

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay, smart people

    Cons

    The politics have grown out of control as the company tries to transform for a cloud first world. Management is so focused on managing up that they can't focus on the needs of their customers, the goals have gotten so aggressive that it feels like you are failing even as the company is outwardly successful

    Advice to Management

    Kevin Turner needs to go. Satya is doing good things but is undermined by KT's push for short-term results at the expense of our customers. Management focuses on hitting scorecard targets, monthly revenue goals and manufactured metrics before making customers happy with our cloud solutions. Although they try and promote "growth hacking" there is no room for failure which results in analysis paralysis. As long as KT is around, the field continues to be a more miserable place to work year over year.


  9. A great company with amazing earning potential.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Chicago, IL

    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

    Fast paced environment. Plenty of retirement benefits. A great track to get you motivated to be your best and do your best everyday to one day be in management.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can be too demanding. The management does not always remember where they came from but I suppose that is with any company.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to recognize potential in entry level employees. Most of the time the ones that do not have connections do not get looked at but they have more potential than most.


  10. Microsoft - Great Company, Ball-less Managers/Directors

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and Training were fantastic.

    Cons

    Everyone wants to play safe, not do anything to upset the apple cart.

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees more flexability. Spend less time (way less) on career reviews. They are all B.S. anyway. Those are just a way to justify how much of a raise/bonus the person will receive.


  11. Reflecting on First Year At Microsoft.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Dynamics CRM Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Dynamics CRM Consultant in Chicago, IL

    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

    The new leadership gives me hope for the company. Compensation and benefits would be hard to match anywhere outside of the company.

    Cons

    Work life balance has been worse than running my own company. A lot of ego's get in the way of team work and what is best for the customer. Just put the ego aside and the possibilities are endless!



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