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Microsoft Reviews in Redmond, WA

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
7,888 Reviews

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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 688 reviews)

  • Tons of super smart people working for the right reasons - to make a difference (in 893 reviews)


Cons
  • And there are times when the workload may impede on your work-life balance (in 476 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist (in 369 reviews)

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  1.  

    A Company That Can't Seem to Get it Right

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    High salary, good benefits, smart people

    Cons

    Redmond is the worst place on earth and so is the traffic that comes with it, they will never win, it's not actually as easy to move internally as they make it sound, company culture is vicious and unwelcoming, there is a perception problem that they probably won't ever be able to kick

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop doing everything so top down. Stop thinking about all employees as robots/numbers; think a little bit more about the humans that work for your company and you will have higher employee satisfaction. Bring back a little bit of the emotion and intuition and creativity that can define really great marketing; not everything has to be so data-driven (see point on robots).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Microsoft is slow and boring

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SDE2  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - SDE2 in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    big company, big name. Several groups to look around for jobs internally.

    Cons

    things are slow. Management doesnt care for people. They say managers are here to help with careers but they couldnt care less. Worst performance review process.

    Hardwork is not properly appreciated. Manager can always find 10 random reasons to screw you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    It has been unpleasant work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    Many talent people, great resources.

    Cons

    bad management, wrong direction, especially new CEO

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to something to keep our morale high.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Challenging but unrewarding. Hard work and success was never appreciated. Always fighting and competing with coworkers

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    Perks are good. You can work on cool projects if you're on the right team.

    Cons

    Review process favors those who play political games. Performance rated on "future potential" not actual work preformed. No loyalty to current workers, company assumes they can always replace one employee with a new one at any time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire half of mid management. Start to rate employees fairly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Going Down after layoff

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    Used to have great benefits

    Cons

    Too many changes in senior leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Steer Clear

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - General Manager in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    Good benefits and stock opportunities. Health club and preventative care is important and supported. Looks good on your resume OUTSIDE of Washington. Locally it is viewed as negative due to the environment and culture.

    Cons

    Negative environment, success is viewed by your immediate manager, not your deliverables. If you are a female you are expected to behave and look like a man. Not an inclusive or diverse culture in behaviors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    negative environment, growth opportunities are slowing down

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    work-life balance, benefits, stock options, challenging work environment

    Cons

    Worst place for a SDET
    All SDET's fear to eventually going to get fired / lay-off
    Dev's mostly are arrogant depending on team, and treat SDET's as 2nd class citizens
    The environment currently is extremely negative after Nadella started laying off people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of employees, treat them well. and be honest about your vision.
    If employees are not happy, they can't be productive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A waste of time and effort.

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    Former Employee - "Network Engineer"  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - "Network Engineer" in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    Brilliant co-workers. I must enter five words.

    Cons

    I was encouraged to work off the clock, in fact everyone was.
    They exclude contractors and treat them like dirt.
    I was told my contract would be direct hire, then they told a manager indefinite and later told me contract for a year, and kept shortening the time for all the vendors.
    My manager said to me angrily the only reason he hired me was because I said I worked all the time.
    I was given well more work than 40 hours could complete.
    All of the vendor contracts suddenly went from contract to hire to contract only, I expressed concern over this and I was terminated. It would have saved you money to provide coaching and keep me with my valuable skills than terminate me because of sexism and ignorance.
    The new hire vendor paperwork I was required to do partly only worked on Chrome.
    Political battles extreme.
    No seating, my desk was on a bookshelf.
    Departmental parties held in the main lobby, I got pizza and later it was mentioned that I shouldn't have.
    Do you know one of your network engineers has a script ran on network devices called SecretStripper? How is that professional?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get both sides of the story and stop wasting company funds with termination, do coaching and training. Treat your vendors like human beings. I was lied to since day 1. Treat your women better (stop excluding them from team lunches etc) and encourage diversity. Vendors are people too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sick place.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programming Writer  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Programming Writer in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    Salary. Natural Beaty of surrounding area.

    Cons

    No focus on quality of work, just politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most of you should quit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very bad culture.

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

    Pros

    Lots of very smart people. Some interesting technologies

    Cons

    Terrible managers. The message from management is always that you are not doing enough, other people are doing a better job, etc.etc. Promotions come from the in-crowd

    People from the outside with different ideas are viewed with suspicion. There is an overpowering atmosphere of "this is how we do it, now fall into place"

    No sense of teamwork

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great benefits but you need to invest heavily in developing your managers as people managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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