Microsoft Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Microsoft, 14 years of adventures and great pay.

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

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

    Pros

    Cutting technology, great benefits, neat location.

    Cons

    Can be very political and busy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for killing the forced stack rank system.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Great in the beginning, not so great in the end...

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

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

    Pros

    Awesome benefits, great training ground to various disciplines, available classroom internal training on tons of subjects, salary is a bit higher than market. A lot of smart people walking around, allows you to always learn from someone else. When I started, teams I belong to were really innovating quite a bit.

    Cons

    Performance review model promotes internal competition and not really cooperation, voice of regular employees virtually non-existent to upper management, too many similar products competing with one another. If you don't belong to Windows or Office, you don't have a lot of say.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First - I'm glad they remove that awful performance review model!
    Second - there's really a lot of innovation and smart ideas coming from a lot of employees, management just needs to take time and invest in listening to them.
    Third - world isn't just about Windows and Office, time to invest in smaller products (that could be the next huge thing)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Amazing Company

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great company in the midst of very positive change.

    Cons

    Lots of ambiguity during these times of change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay close to your great people. They are hard to replace.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A great place to work on the cutting edge of technology that touches millions of peoples' lives.

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

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

    Pros

    Innovative software across a variety of areas, Competitive Benefits package, Lots of opportunities to advance in ones Career, Plenty of Variety of options to work

    Cons

    Competitive, especially with peers, due to a highly charged review system that pits you against your coworkers to try and squeeze out the next promotion or bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reducing the competitiveness would aid in innovation and still allow people to do their best work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. A good deal, nice perks, lots of opportunity, incredible breadth of different businesses means you can change focus

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

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

    Pros

    Solid salary, nice benefits package, most groups have reasonable work life balance, smart people, lots of opportunity

    Cons

    As much as things have changed, there's still a lot of old thinking going on. Stagnant management corps. Also are any of their major businesses still relevant?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on the path of change, continue to embrace services, aggressively weed out the old school middle management that's still there

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. Software Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Microsoft, because of its large product base, offers employees the opportunity to work across a spectrum of products and technologies. For someone, who's moved several teams within Microsoft, I'm genuinely humbled by the amount of diversity and the opportunity there exists to learn different things and impact customers.

    Cons

    Agility in delivery. Microsoft still needs to up its game with respect to innovation ,agility in delivery and risk taking capabilities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Amazing place

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

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

    Pros

    great working atmosphere and the benefits are incredible..... the experience alone is worth the whole journey as you are basically employable at any company after microsoft

    Cons

    work hours can be challenging and the climate isnt the best

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great focus on quality and employee development. Lots of opportunities to impact and influence.

    Cons

    Very big organization and can be tough to figure out who to contact to get things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue focus on developing great people managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great as far as big companies go
    OK to "meh" as far as big tech companies go
    Probably better than working for Amazon

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

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

    Pros

    - Predictable schedule
    - Pretty good pay
    - Fairly good benefits
    - smart engineers (if you find the right team)
    - easy to transition to new areas of technology

    Cons

    - Big company problems--tough to quickly iterate on ideas and serve customers
    - A lot of managers just are along for the ride...complete risk aversion.
    - Not really a fun place to work. It used to be...somewhat. Sinofsky really started to clamp down on the budget in Win8, and it got smaller and smaller each year. The new leadership has only continued this...there are rarely any moral events. When they do have them, they're lame and maybe have some nibbles the admin bought at costco. It feels like my Mom is putting on these moral events sometimes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's hard to recruit top young talent here...I'm not even sure how to sell the company anymore. Simple things go a long way: don't have interns living in Redmond while they work over the summer. Put them in downtown Seattle (where the MBA grad interns live). Redmond sucks and is dead; sell them on the amazing city of Seattle (send them to Sounders/Mariner games, etc., etc.).

    Let them have a budget to have their office painted, and pick out some different furniture options to make their space feel "unique and cool".

    Serve beer on Friday.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. I was a high school intern at Microsoft, and I enjoyed working there, although I bet they threw away all our apps.

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    Former Intern - High School Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - High School Intern in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Free drinks, the ability to brag to your friends, allows you to get better internships in college, and well... its' Microsoft!

    Cons

    Kind of boring since they kind of just let you do whatever you wanted, so really... I could've just done everything at home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I liked the internship, but maybe have a more structured internship.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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