Microsoft
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Updated Jul 9, 2014
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3.6 7,471 reviews

                             

88% Approve of the CEO

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

(551 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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  • "Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber"
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  • "Some smart people in pockets but not many of them great at politics so marginalized"
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Cons:
  • "And there are times when the workload may impede on your work-life balance"
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    Overall a good experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsTalented and smart people from diverse backgrounds, good learning opportunities.

    Consneeded a change and decided to pursue opportunities outside of the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent. Loved every day of the 14+ years I worked for Microsoft

    Solution Architect (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsAlways worked with talented, excited and hard working folks who loved their work and what they were doing. Ton of energy when you love what you do. Awesome benefits and opportunity to excel. There was no limit to where and what you could do at Microsoft. Loved it!!

    ConsYou do have to put long hours keeping pace with technology changes and moving forward

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue your employees. Create opportunity for re-tooling and work with the employees

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

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    Awesome place to work! The last I worked there was 2002.

    Content Writer (Former Employee)
    Bellevue, WA

    ProsEveryone was as brilliant and reasonable as I was.

    ConsDealing with prima donnas most days.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet that stock price up!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Best company I've ever worked for by a wide margin!

    Technical Sales (Current Employee)
    Denver, CO

    ProsCompensation is not the highest out there but good. Benefits are great - no employee paid portion of healthcare, and plenty of little things that really add up like wellness allowance and education reimbursement. Lots of freedom to move around and try new things. I've held a couple roles and had three different managers, all of them excellent and honestly cared about my career progression and longevity with the company.

    ConsReally takes a lot of effort to learn how to navigate resources. Great technology to support but still requires non-stop relationship building. I don't think I would be as successful if I only relied on my technical abilities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you're doing! It's very encouraging to see the cross-platform emphasis (Apple, Android, etc.) lately and I think that is key to Microsoft's future success.

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

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    Great people to work with

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMy manager let's me do what I want

    ConsToo much processes and iterations

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

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    Wooooo

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFree snacks and everything is amazing

    ConsLong hours but sometimes it's fine

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees! They're great!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Has been wonderful so far

    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    Pros- flexible wok timing
    - opportunities to learn at UW

    Cons- it is about knowing more people
    - networking is must

    Advice to Senior Management- a little stability in the org would be better

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

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    Enjoy working at Microsoft

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsGreat people, great diversity, inclusive culture, and opportunity to work on latest technology makes working at Microsoft wonderful. Microsoft provides a ton of extra perks that I have not heard any other companies to provide.

    ConsMicrosoft needs strong leadership to deliver great results that it is totally capable of. Unfortunately, MS is follower of its competitor and its strategy is mostly driven by what others are doing and try to catch up for the most part except in few areas where it is leader.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMicrosoft needs selfless leaders.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Huge company with a lot going on.

    Senior Program Manager (Current Employee)
    Bellevue, WA

    ProsGreat benefits & pay. You get to work with very smart people, many have unique backgrounds and interesting hobbies. Opportunity to work on interesting projects and learn new skills. Great training programs to continue education. Work can be challenging and push you to do more. I'm glad that I have had the experience to work here.

    ConsLots of re-orgs and movement that can disrupt work. It is difficult to work cross-team or org. Can be a bit of crony-ism in management. Sometimes hard to feel like you make a big difference in such a large company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep focused on the cloud, enterprise, and big-data systems. Trim the fat and get more focused on the business side.

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

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    Great Employer

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat employer. A company with huge potential and many challenges. A great place to demonstrate how you can fix problems.

    ConsCulture can be a little insular, but they benefit from having new ideas presented and integrated into their operations.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLead on.

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

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