Microsoft Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Good Company

    Current Employee - Director of Strategy & Portfolio Management in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director of Strategy & Portfolio Management in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Fantastic company with smart people.

    Cons

    Too many middle management, review system is a popularity contest, enough bad leadership around to spoil the culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the review process and empower innovation without fear of others outshining. Teamwork!

  2. Truly love this company!

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    Current Employee - Principal Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, smart people, big challenges and big pay check

    Cons

    Not as nimble as it used to be. Very stable like IBM

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great people but lacking passion for work

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    The people were wonderful - personable, kind, funny. They were supportive of others taking initiative and very generous with their time, particularly in helping new team members get up to speed.

    Cons

    People would spend 6 hours at work on many days, and in that time, not necessarily get work done. Additionally, in some cases, projects that were doomed to fail or not well thought-out were assigned. Some employees could have put their talents to use in better ways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set the tone by showing up to work early, staying late, and exuding rigor in every part of the job. This rigor may trickle down to the rest of the team and inspire more passion for, and commitment to, the work at hand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Solid benefits, a variety of teams and products

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - A variety of teams and products that you can work on
    - Many smart people
    - Company is trying to make some changes to be more agile

    Cons

    - Benefits used to be even better
    - Very large company so you can feel like you're not having much impact at times
    - Still moves somewhat slow compared to smaller, leaner companies
    - Changing teams is almost as much effort as changing companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier to change teams so that existing employees can change more easily.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Amazing 10 years, tons of learning, great people

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    Current Employee - Director, Business Management and Planning in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director, Business Management and Planning in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company in the middle of a reinvention, great people, great benefits

    Cons

    Still too top heavy and matrixed, needs great patience and political adeptness to succeed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. Social and productive

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Challenges, Benefits, Salary, work environment, work/life balance, events and much more

    Cons

    None I can find...I have to add more info as required by this field, but can't find cons...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go ahead with the great changes!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. Some Good, Some Bad

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and outstanding benefits (especially the health benefits); some of the bets people you'll ever meet; fantastic commitment to the community and giving back

    Cons

    Really poor people managers; extreme arrogance by many (and for no reason)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the mid year reviews as it eats up so many man hours and for little return; weed out the ineffective managers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Too much clutter

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Good people, good campus, good pay

    Cons

    Too much internal bottleneck and politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. Dinosaur age workplace reviews

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    Former Employee - Compression Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Compression Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Great perks, awesome networking opportunities, and the campus cafe's are likely to put weight on you.

    Cons

    Annual reviews typically result in staff reduction and project graveyards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop rushing people to delivery via performance reviews

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Dichotomy Personified

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Feeling like you are part of something bigger is a wonderful thing. Feeling like you are empowered to think for yourself is also a wonderful thing. Feeling like your leader is someone you would follow anywhere is a wonderful thing...and you'll feel all those things....

    Cons

    ...but those are all just feelings you are expected to buy into... and at first, you will. Eventually you'll see you have become part of something big and utterly heartless at the core, you are actually empowered much like a marionette, and your leader will probably change if he or she realizes the things written in this little box, to be replaced by someone who isn't encumbered by feelings of loyalty, patience, kindness or altruism. At the end of the day, it's just another huge corporation wanting as much market share as possible and caring little about who or what they run over to get it. It gets very deep and ugly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that your employees are human - they are not servers and hard drives and chip sets. When you damage one, it's not like throwing away a piece of silicone - it's a person. Like your external customers, they should matter to you.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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