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Updated August 17, 2015
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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. Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company, great culture. great opportunities

    Cons

    Very large. One has to establish team and move around to create company networking opportunities.


  2. Phones Category Operations Manager

    Former Employee - Phones Category Operations Manager in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Phones Category Operations Manager in Irving, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Microsoft is a global leader in software, with a strong business drive and a clear and well communicated strategy. It is a company ready to shape the world future

    Cons

    No cons, I just enter to Microsoft by a merged company and the new business didn't fit well on Microsoft strategy


  3. Interesting place to work

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    Current Employee - Support Escalation Engineer in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Support Escalation Engineer in Irving, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big brand, big company with not bad benefits and high professionals around. Last couple of years were all about changes and company getting rid of many old problems.

    Cons

    Slow internal changes, strange or obsolete internal processes. Sometimes not very effective.


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  5. Quick review

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    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Irving, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, collaboration and knowledge sharing.

    Cons

    Heavy travel schedule, review process not clear.


  6. Helpful (2)

    BEWARE of their Hiring Practice

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    Former Employee - Support Escalation Engineer Public Sector in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Support Escalation Engineer Public Sector in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    none that i can think of

    Cons

    Awful hours. clock punching. weekend and night. CritSit's all the time. Pay wasn't great, just barely competitive. Hired me for Job A, put me in Job B when i started. THIS IS THEIR HIRING PRACTICE! BEWARE!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Make sure new hires have a VERY CLEAR understanding of the job and what it entails. even the bad stuff!


  7. Great place to learn...a lot!

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    Current Employee - Premier Field Engineer in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Premier Field Engineer in Irving, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities; great benefits; Learn from the best people in the field

    Cons

    Work life balance...; Lateral move for internal job changes


  8. A&B billing Escalation agent

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    Current Employee - A&B Billing Escalation Agent in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - A&B Billing Escalation Agent in Irving, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    great work environment and very ethical

    Cons

    none none none none none


  9. Amazing colleagues to work with but company lacks direction

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    Former Contractor - Systems Engineer in Irving, TX
    Former Contractor - Systems Engineer in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, very smart colleagues, great hardware and software to work on, great pay, seniors and managers are very good to their teams

    Cons

    Company has no direction currently, massive layoffs because constant corporate change in direction, one day emphasis is on hardware and a month later a silky suit decides that MSFT is a software company only so workers either get laid off or their responsibilities take a 180 degree turn. I was a victim to this lack of leadership and direction

    Advice to Management

    MSFT has a group of the most intelligent and loyal workers(at least in the depts. where I worked or had to work with), the company needs a direction and identity that doesn't change every time the wind blows. This constant identity crisis breeds complacency and causes employees to feel lost. Because there is this constant change in responsibility, the strongest talents that your employees have get lost in the shuffle of departments and responsibilities


  10. Helpful (6)

    USED to be "Best Company to Work For", not ANY MORE.... Now #86 in 2014. Sad, sad, SAD...

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    Former Employee - Principal Escalation Engineer (Remote Site - Texas) in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Principal Escalation Engineer (Remote Site - Texas) in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits such as medical/vision/dental are still better than industry. Bonuses and stock options are still better as well.

    Cons

    Microsoft management does not have an ounce of moral fiber. Instead letting people go as RIF, they putting them through the psychological beat down and humiliation of being "Managed Out" so they don't have to pay any severance package! They are slowly working their way down the list and I'll be very surprised if they're not #100 by end of 2015.

    Advice to Management

    Management and HR need to treat people as human being. They've become as bad or worse than all big the other major corporation. The bigger they are, the greedier they get when they're at the top and the working class employee keeps getting trampled on.


  11. Free drinks.

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    Former Contractor - Xbox Escalations Analyst in Irving, TX
    Former Contractor - Xbox Escalations Analyst in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay was great, managers were lenient with time off, drinks were free, and co-workers were fun.

    Cons

    Healthcare benefits sucked, no paid time off, switched between lines of business with little or no warning, contractors are laid off on a daily basis.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to budget your contractors without over hiring then over firing.



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