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3.6 7,029 reviews

                             

84% Approve of the CEO

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

(279 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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Excellent place to work on the best of what will be used by millions of users

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Microsoft

ProsLots of freedom and opportunity to innovate and grow

ConsWeak HR policies - improving but still needs to change significantly to promote teamwork

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

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Great

Program Manager (Former Employee)
Redmond, WA

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

ProsPeople are great, compensation is good.

ConsCorporate structure, un-necessary processes, politics.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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tech engineer

Technical Support Engineer (Former Employee)
Redmond, WA

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

Prosgood company, takes care of people

Consnot very exciting stuff to work on

Advice to Senior Managementplatform integration is going to make windows desirable again

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

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Playing with the newest stuff

Operations Engineer (Current Employee)
Redmond, WA

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

ProsYou get to play with the newest stuff before it even becomes the newest stuff

ConsThe stack ranking system pits you against your peers, and definitely is a favorites system

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

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

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

ProsAll Good... Worklife Balance + Tech + Benefits + Fun = Awesome

ConsNothing I can think of

Advice to Senior ManagementI have faith in Satya Nadella

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

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Microsoft

ProsComprehensive training fully prepares the employee for their selective tasks.

ConsVery demanding work that required time past normal office hours. Office environment was your traditional "cubicle style." Promotions were difficult to obtain without staying overtime.

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Great Company, great atmosphere, great benefits

Program Manager (Current Employee)
Redmond, WA

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

Proshuge portfolio of products, you can always find something new to work on. Great flexibility to move from one team to another one. great benefits, awesome work-life balance

Consrainy seattle is the only location. Microsoft is Redmond-centric

Advice to Senior Managementset the hiring bar higher, e.g. more Ph.D.

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

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Pretty good overall

Senior Software Development Engineer (Current Employee)
Redmond, WA

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

Prosgood team, changing culture and review system. in the service side working like a startup.

ConsThe higher level decision in the consumer space hasn't panned out, not even accountability for senior folks for the decision they make.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen more to people and give them what they like instead of forcing thing on them.

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

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Great place to work!

Producer (Former Employee)
Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

ProsThe Xbox division is great, you work in the videogame industry, which usually pays less than the average software developer because everybody wants to work there, but get paid competitive salary because Microsoft pays on a level range, whether you work for Xbox, Windows or Office.

ConsHowever, working for the Xbox division means that the work/life balance tilts towards the work side. Xbox is a lifestyle and if you want to be the best in this competitive environment (the best from Microsoft want to jump to Xbox, so it is harder and more competitive than the rest of MSFT), then you have to be constantly working harder and gaming in your time away from the office.

Advice to Senior ManagementXbox is a great place to work, but senior management should understand that there is a difference of what is required for producing and developing games and provide options like royalties or other benefits.

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

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takes good care of its people, but technology stuck at 90s

Software Development Engineer (SDE) II (Current Employee)
Redmond, WA

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

Prosgood work life balance, nice benefit

Constechnology stack is old, no leverage of open source

Advice to Senior Managementlook at the world outside

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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