Microsoft Reviews

Updated June 10, 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. Quick review

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    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Irving, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work environment, collaboration and knowledge sharing.

    Cons

    Heavy travel schedule, review process not clear.


  2. Helpful (1)

    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

    I worked at Microsoft

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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!


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

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Premier Field Engineer in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Premier Field Engineer in Irving, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

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

    Cons

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


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  5. 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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great work environment and very ethical

    Cons

    none none none none none


  6. Overall perception

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    Current Employee - Manager in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Irving, TX

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Resources for career development are phenomenal .

    Cons

    Is really big.!! You must create your internal network and really be persistent to be recognized


  7. Amazing colleagues to work with but company lacks direction

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Systems Engineer in Irving, TX
    Former Contractor - Systems Engineer in Irving, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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


  8. Helpful (5)

    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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  9. Free drinks.

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    Former Contractor - Xbox Escalations Analyst in Irving, TX
    Former Contractor - Xbox Escalations Analyst in Irving, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  10. Microsoft Online Store Support

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Microsoft Online Store Support in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Microsoft Online Store Support in Irving, TX

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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's Microsoft, it opens doors and gets you into any company. Just with your background, you can be the guy who refills the toilet paper and red velvet ropes open up on other opportunities.

    Cons

    Bad pay, bad management, work overtime without being compensated. I ended up working here for several months often trying to keep up with the work and when I put in my hours I would only be paid for 40. No one wants to work this job while being told the pay rate should be versus what your actually being compensated for.

    Advice to Management

    I was taught how to do the work but never felt like an employee, the culture isn't as inclusive as it seems, I would often sign up for community campus events and would be asked to do others work making it impossible to go. Participation in training events for
    Skydrive, excel and other lync meetings were frowned upon even if you did it on your own time. No real feedback, the most feedback I received was for another department I shadowed trying to get out of where I was working, other managers were much more responsive and friendly than my own. Trying to talk to my manager I always got the why the hell aren't you working speech even if it was before my shift.


  11. Best Place Ever!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Support Engineer in Irving, TX
    Former Contractor - Support Engineer in Irving, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The place is a work place like no other. You are almost your own boss. The management trusts you, just do not ruin this. They want you to be the best that you can be at everything and give you so much to assist you in this

    Cons

    Wish I did not have to move to a place where MS was not at.

    Advice to Management

    Just be a bit more hands on and a bit more with the accolades for employees that do well.



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