Microsoft Reviews in Redmond, WA

Updated October 25, 2014
Updated October 25, 2014
8,429 Reviews
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 820 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 964 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 537 reviews)

  • Review system that pushes people to look out for themselves instead of being team focused (in 395 reviews)

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  1.  

    One of the best company to work for

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    Current Employee - Reporting Analyst in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Reporting Analyst in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Microsoft is a great company to start your IT career and grow it. You have the chance to work with first class talents; the latest MS technology and tools and optimized working process. It has minimum office political environment.

    Cons

    A lot of time you may feel peer pressure because the company has attracted many talented workers around the world. It does have work stress and deadline to finish your work. You won't have much ramp up time when entering a new project, this could be a quite challenging when each project has its own process and using different technology.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good work/life balance allows you to enjoy time with the family.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Administrator in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Business Administrator in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Great teams, good work/life balance, intelligent employees, and nice benefits in a stable and mature tech company add up to a pleasant place to work. Ownership of the team you work with entrusts you with a lot of responsibility, as well as the autonomy to get things done.

    Cons

    Being such a large company can give the impression of feeling disjointed and sluggish. Plan on figuring out your job on your own with little guidance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Internship at Microsoft Research

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Research Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    1. Place where you can find and talk to a lot of talented researchers and engineers. This place motivates and inspires a lot.
    2. Microsoft treats their interns really good. And in my opinion research interns have move benefits and better internship than university interns.
    3. Salary. One of the biggest salaries you can find as an intern. Plus you'll work on project related to your research.
    4. Area is great, a lot of places to see.

    Cons

    1. It's much harder to get a job at Microsoft Research after your internship comparing to university internship. MSR doesn't hire a lot, it's very hard to get there. This internship mostly gives you an opportunity to have new connections which you can use in your research.
    2. Weather in Seattle is not very good during winter, however this summer was one of the best summers. +30 Celsius, lot of sun, almost no rains.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Lots of benefits
    Great managers
    Innovation
    People
    Result focused
    Evolving

    Cons

    Duplicated work
    Competition
    Politics
    Heavy Process
    Legacy systems
    Slow in development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great managees

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Definitely one of the best places to be as a SW Engineer.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Development Lead in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Development Lead in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    They treat people very well. Lots of outings. Everyone is incredibly smart and exhibits passion for the work. Excellent facilities for everything. The Redmond campus is a combination of university and shopping mall. Everything you can imagine is here.

    Cons

    You will work hard, but mostly from a learning curve point of view. Work life balance will become a problem if you don't get it under control. Some of the software development practices are quirky and unexpected. Development model is waterfall trending agile-ish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Feedback, Feedback, Feedback.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Place to Grow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Management in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Project Management in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Responsible for work, treated like a working adult, learning materials available, in general great managers.

    Cons

    Sometimes groups are "silo-ed" by choice and refuse to work with other groups.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Service Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Large portfolio of applications, absolutely zero micromanaging, competitive salary, extraordinary benefits, perfect work life balance

    Cons

    Sometimes small but critical accomplishments get slipped through the cracks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Fun and challenging

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, smart people, lots of perks and good work/life balance

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, sounds like cooperation among teams isn't very high. Probably more employee input into company decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fewer layers of management. Greater employee input

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    There is a reason people come from all over the world to work for this company. Experiences vary widely depending on your group, boss and co-worker. Mine were always positive. And I LOVED that MS matched my giving to non-profits. The benefits and perks are beyond amazing.

    Cons

    Didn't love re-hashing goals every 6 months, reviews were tedious, and way too frequent reorgs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Evolution and People

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test II in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's a great place to learn and evolve your career. Plenty of opportunities to explore other areas. Also Microsoft is evolving... I'm starting to hear and see dramatic changes in some basics that I though I'd never see... it's pretty exciting to see and cheer along.

    Cons

    Microsoft is evolving, mean while the lay off's hit hard, and all the changes make things a little more unclear and uncertain...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Microsoft needs a win soon.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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