Microsoft Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated July 28, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 688 reviews)

  • Tons of super smart people working for the right reasons - to make a difference (in 893 reviews)


Cons
  • And there are times when the workload may impede on your work-life balance (in 476 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist (in 369 reviews)

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  1.  

    A great company with amazing earning potential.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Chicago, IL

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Microsoft - Great Company, Ball-less Managers/Directors

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits and Training were fantastic.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Reflecting on First Year At Microsoft.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than a year

    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!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to begin your career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Director  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and it is a great place to be early in your career (years 3-5).
    Takes the competition seriously
    Good use of its own technology internally
    Excellent community focus and gives back/encourages employees to do so too

    Cons

    Very political work enviornment; field leadership can lack integrity
    Career moves/relocations expected frequently (2-3 years) to progress career
    Work life balance is the responsibility of the employee regardless of work volume and expectations
    Human resource department is very junior and lacks leadership for such a big company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider having a greater presence in Silicon Valley.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Microsoft is a fabulous place to work. Management is very empowering. Work life balance is terrific and the compensation is very competitive in the industry.

    Cons

    The overall size of the company is the only downside of working for Microsoft. Sometimes feel like the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Is not what you think it is

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You get the updated software and news on IT updates.

    Cons

    The Company does not care about who they lay-off. Not that many ethnic women or men executives. Does not care about it's support staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step up to show that you care about your support staff. I encourage more ethnic women and men executives. Get a heart and focus more on caring.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Hard work, lots of work, good people, tough management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Support Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Support Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Being around people like yourself, if you're a tech person. The culture is about technology through and through. Benefits are really good but not as good as they used to be. My job had lots of travel, which I considered a bonus. Layoffs aren't a problem like in other tech companies these days if you can 'keep to the program', so stability is a built in benefit these days.

    Cons

    It can be hard to stand out in a sea of 'softies. Stack Rank is something to search for in Google (okay, I meant Bing); the rewards and promotion schedule is a hard way to go. Managers won't stand up for you and everyone has to stick to the hard and fast method of judging individual contributions as set by The Castle in Redmond.. And the work/social interaction you might want is limited once you've joined with Microsoft, as the world is divided into several camps, some of which hate Microsoft and associate you with their prejudice if you have a current badge number. I find that a drag -it's like Northern Ireland with warring factions. Like it's your religion or something.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look out for your people better. Shave the system to be more common sense and less robotic Microsoft Central -it's not the Klingon Empire like people who hate us think, so don't try to reinforce that. Let people move in the company laterally, make opportunities known better and the company will benefit. Get less dependent on PowerPoint and more on people substance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    I love this company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good people, take care of employee

    Cons

    You have to fight lot to get visibility. Lot of pressure. Stack ranking kills innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove stack ranking 1-5 performance process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Pay, Great Benefits - death by committee!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Partner Account Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Partner Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I really like the culture of Microsoft as well as how they treat there employees. The work was fast paced and challenging. It's a hard company to get into - but once you are there, if you do good work you will be recognized.

    Cons

    Typical meeting had 10-15 people all with laptops open reading email, ignoring the topic at hand as they usually had no "say" and were just in the loop so as to spread responsibility. Very bureaucratic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your managers - or fire them. If you have more than three people in a room chances are a lot of time is going to get wasted that should have been used productively. Use email and polls to get buy-in.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company but you need to create your own career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great people and love the work

    Cons

    Lots of politics and a maturing company means there's not as much opportunity to advance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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