Microsoft Reviews

Updated August 21, 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. Senior Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Technically Challenging and good work life balance

    Cons

    Nothing that I know of...


  2. Director of Development

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    Former Employee - Director of Development in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Development in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is great company if you are working with right teams. Some of the team members are very passionate and highly technically capable leaders. Their ability to manage larger team with great process has kept them leader in some and survive in other area.

    Cons

    Not all teams are great. Some of the business leaders have survived being completely below average. They have no desire to excel and in this industry that is becoming death nail for them.

    Advice to Management

    Seriously, Please look at some of the SVP who have not been able to manage or deliver anything substantial and especially when they lead team in bay area i.e. outside of their Washington home pitch.


  3. Business is a bit lost

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    Former Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Lot of opportunities within multiple different types of businesses and technologies - Benefits - International multicultural environment

    Cons

    - Working in silos, no actual overall business benefit approach, instead many teams objective is to make them self look good - Too fragmented business and organization

    Advice to Management

    Need to define what future will look like and plan path there. Instead as currently holding with old businesses with panic and even more panic to find new.


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  5. Great place to work, depending

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Unlimited resources. Huge scale. Super smart people. Tons of interesting projects. Whatever you want to work on, you have access to experts in the field. It looks great on a resume. The stock is finally moving after flatlining under Ballmer.

    Cons

    Hard to advance if you're not in Redmond. Reviews (the old system) are a brutal time suck. Constant reorgs. Intense politics. Free health insurance was discontinued a few years ago. Layoffs (and secret layoffs) have gotten to be a pretty regular thing.

    Advice to Management

    Even though I was not laid off, the layoffs that happened during my time at Microsoft really broke the trust I had in the company. It took a bit longer than I expected, but the old group I was in is currently being dismantled after almost 2 decades.


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    Good Hardware Positions

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    Current Employee - Principal Hardware Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Hardware Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible hours, experienced team, interesting semiconductor chip & systems projects.

    Cons

    Challenges transitioning from software company to devices & services company. Stock price.

    Advice to Management

    Build a Xbox gaming tablet and smartphone!


  7. Microsoft Culture Change

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    Current Employee - Principal Lead Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Lead Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - A renewed sense of purpose under new management - Great benefits - Working with very smart people on products that impact billions worldwide

    Cons

    - Some resistance to change in large orgs/old orgs - Undoing some of the damage caused by the Ballmer administration will take time


  8. Data Entry Level

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    amazing team work, learn a lot

    Cons

    low salaries. no chance to become full-time employee


  9. Good place to work in Redmond

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Great people

    Cons

    Unless you are in Redmond it's hard to influence. Little in the way of marketing roles in the valley.


  10. Hardware

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    Current Contractor - Senior CAD Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Contractor - Senior CAD Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great hardware engineer team's to work with.

    Cons

    Difficult to communicate with management.

    Advice to Management

    Need to have more open dialog with the sr. talent.


  11. Not happy

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    Current Employee - Global Project Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Global Project Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great brand to add to your resume

    Cons

    Not sure where to start.. Bad management, bad attitude, no recognition for great effort

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting hypocrisy and focus on the good people instead!!



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