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Updated Apr 22, 2014
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3.6 7,058 reviews

                             

85% Approve of the CEO

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

(298 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber"
    in 609 reviews
  • "Some smart people in pockets but not many of them great at politics so marginalized"
    in 845 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work-Life balance can easily get out of whack if you don't actively manage expectations"
    in 443 reviews
  • "The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist"
    in 358 reviews
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Great Infrastructure and People

Senior Software Development Engineer In Test Lead (Current Employee)

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

ProsMicrosoft has unbelievable infrastructure and support to help you get your job done. The people who work here are very smart and passionate. Great pay and benefits.

ConsUpper management is generally promoted from within and does not keep up on industry standards. Culture of doing things the "old way" and reinventing the wheel over and over stifles creativity and agility.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to take more risks or experiment in order to stay relevant. Can't be afraid to bring in industry veterans to manage teams or as high level I/Cs. Management needs to listen to the I/Cs who have very good ideas about the future but get burned out working with old processes.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place great people

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsIntelligent people, great products getting better

ConsInternally focussed can be an issue

Advice to Senior ManagementHelp the teams be more proactive with customers and stop the silos in the business

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Flexibility and Opportunity

Senior Finance Manager (Current Employee)
Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

ProsHuge breadth of job opportunities for those working at the HQ location.
Great flexibility to get your job done and not have to work in a "clock in, clock out" environment
A lot of momentum with company direction with new leadership

ConsJob demands can be taxing during cyclical periods (varies a lot by role/function)
Simplification efforts don't always take roadblocks out of the way
Redundant layers of tools, processes, and approvers slows the pace of business

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to view changes through the One Microsoft lens

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great copmany if you're in a great team

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Microsoft full-time

ProsSmart, ,passionate and friendly people to work with
good work life balance
meaningful/impactful product

ConsThings move slowly sometimes. you need to get so many people to agree on to move forward.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on what's important to the customer and to the company!

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great

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

Prosgreat company to work for

Consnot for people that don't want to work hard

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Great place to grow your skillset

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Microsoft

ProsSmart people
Work hard and you are rewarded
Great compensation and benefits

ConsDog eat dog world - competitive environment
60 hours a week for managers is not unusual

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Great

User Experience Designer (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

ProsExperienced people who know a lot about industry

ConsVery big so you might get lost at times.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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One of the best places to start your career at

Software Development Engineer (Current Employee)
Bellevue, WA

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

ProsCompensation and perks are right up there... at least if you work in Puget sound.
Obviously the enterprise is big enough that there is loads to explore
Excellent work-life balance (depends on the team though)
Very friendly people (mostly)

ConsEasy to get into teams that have flaws
Management screws up a lot and this could affect your day to day activities

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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6 years in marketing

Senior Director Marketing (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat benefits, life/work balance. Opportunities for growth across business areas and industries

ConsLong term employees set in ways of doing things as they have in the past.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake big bets, move fast

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Redmond, WA

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

ProsI love working for Microsoft, the environment is laid back, we can make our own schedules, free beverages, etc.

ConsThe biggest problem I had working here, was the commute.

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