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Microsoft Reviews in Redmond, WA

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 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.  

    It just keeps getting better

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    Current Employee - Staffing Consultant  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Staffing Consultant in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    I still have moments where I can't believe I get to work for such an amazing company. The people are brilliant. Collaboration and teamwork are encouraged and rewarded. The products we are shipping are beautiful. I will miss SteveB's enthusiasm and energy, but Satya is amazing and inspirational. I really love it here. I have a great work life balance as well. I am able to be home to see my kids after school and weekends are for my family. I know what my responsibilities and deliverables are, and it is up to me to perform and produce results. Leadership knows I will get my work done and they don't worry if I need to take my kids to the dentist.

    Cons

    It is true, there are a lot of meetings. As well as meetings to plan meetings.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work with a lot of smart people doing cool things.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    There are a lot of different opportunities and interesting roles at the company. You can make a really big contribution. The scope and scale of the company is impressive.

    Cons

    The hours can be challenging and sometimes there can be too much internal discussion before decisions get made

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great people to work with, but the company is heavy on the bureaucracy which impacts cross group collaboration.

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    Personal growth and exposure to leading edge technology

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and all that comes with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the stack ranking, open up to other groups ideas, and share!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software engineer

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

    Pros

    Great benefits.
    Smart people (If you happen to work in a good team)
    Great work life balance
    Decent salary and performance bonus

    Cons

    Benefits are not on par with silicon valley standards (no free food)
    Office interiors look drab and outdated
    Projects still take a long time to release. Though this is getting better recently

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shake up the work culture. Award star performers more and manage out low performers
    Open up the offices and create a more collaborative work environment.
    Ship fast and fail fast.
    Improve the benefits like free food and great parties on fridays

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Still have a lot of great people around

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

    Pros

    have general smart and honest people, good blend of technologies to work on

    Cons

    seems hard at finding the right focus for the company overall right now, external reputation got some hit

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great benefits and pay package, questionable mid-level managers

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Great comp package
    Nice perks (free coffee, soft drinks, subsidized food, Orca card, Prime Partner program, etc)

    Cons

    Many inexperienced managers, work-life balance can be challenging depending on team and manager

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great opportunity for experience during and just out of college.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test Lead  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test Lead in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    Trusted to do work on your own time with flexibility for good work life balance. Wealth of internal tools and education to help further your career opportunities in or out of the company.

    Cons

    Politics. Sometimes people seem out for themselves in the battle between disciplines. Waffling review system. Health benefits have degraded with conversion to HSA. Right hand never seems to know what the left hand is doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more aware of middle performers work and acknowledge it. Pay attention to those who are experiencing burnout. Don't make changes just because someone told you to. Be a leader not a follower.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work and gain experience

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

    Pros

    Good company with plenty of opportunities and good benefits.

    Cons

    Although they are working on it, the yearly performance review system just plain sucks. They used a bell curve ranking system reminiscent of high school thus in order for someone to exceed, someone must fail even if that person was an otherwise good and skilled worker. The review system also tends to favor the butt kissers and brown nosers more then the people with actual technical talent and skill that are making the products successful. Do a good job, meet all your deadlines, and solve all the problems and you'll be rewarded as "average". But if you cc upper management in every e-mail, bragging about your minor accomplishments, you get rewarded, even if you failed to meet many deadlines and couldn't finish half your tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's fairly obvious that the old stack ranking mentality is still stuck in the heads of many in upper management so it may be a couple years before the new review system can be considered fair to everyone.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits. Lots of bright people around. Lots of opportunities to learn. Flexible work hours. And things are changing for the better slowly, but steadily.

    Cons

    The old review system sucked big time and distracted lots of talent. Politics are still strong too. Career is #1 concern for many.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Fix the review system. Make people focus on product, not career.
    2. Engineers should drive the company, not the PowerPoint monkeys.
    3. Innovate. Stop chasing market leaders. All those iPhone, etc. "killers" are ridiculous.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunity, poor execution

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    Huge company with a lot to offer, great pay. Culture varies by group. Opportunities to move. Great changes to senior management recently

    Cons

    Heirarchical, each role is very niche, trying to change but up hill battle with ingrained culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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