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Microsoft Reviews in Redmond, WA

Updated Jul 28, 2014
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3.5 3,126 reviews

87% Approve of the CEO

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

(223 ratings)

75% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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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    Your experience varies widely depending on what group you work for

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

    ProsThe company empowers employees with great tools and training.

    ConsOften out of touch with market trends. Depending on the group, true collaboration and innovation is rare as employees compete against peers, within the group and cross-group.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRefocus on core company values and innovation

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place if you can handle the politics...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsYou work with the best people in the business.
    The benefits, although not the same, are still one of the best.
    Free sodas !
    Good work equipment.

    ConsYou have to deal with some serious politics, if you can't handle it then you can kiss this place good bye.
    Work can be boring, the company moves at a snail's pace.
    The performance review system is the total rubbish, it is a beauty queen contest.
    Vendors do a ton of work... sometimes even things that FTEs should do, those who have access to vendors are the kings !
    There are some terrible managers in the company who can kill your creativity and zeal for work really fast !

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo more vendors.
    Improve performance review system.
    Have a manager report card that is actionable; take MS Poll seriously. Bad MS poll numbers clearly show that the management is ineffective, don't just sit on the data, do something about it !

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Software Development Engineer (SDE) II (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    Prosthere is talent in the company. If you are in the right team, you are surrounded by some smart people

    ConsCulture needs to improve more, needs to be more collaborative in real sense, and work on the mindset of building on each other's successes

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Cost reduction means less people doing more work. No QA means low quality product.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsDecent to good benefit. Pays well.

    ConsBad work life balance. Competitive work environment, getting people to collaborate takes a lot of work.
    Wrong people in management positions - smart people who were great IC but don't care about their people.
    The recent flattening of engineering org mean little to no career opportunities to engineers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare about your people and they will care about your bottom line.
    Better pricing, flexibility, and willingness to partner with great OEM, like Samsung, would go a long way than spending so much money on Nokia -- whose device still cannot compete with Samsung and Apple. The only people using Nokia smartphones are the small percentage on Windows Phone 8. Everyone else wants a Samsung phone (if they don't want Apple). And Android, unfortunately, is their only choice.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A great culture that allows a self-starting person has the freedom to take an idea and drive it to reality.

    Group Manager (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsCompensation, benefits, ability to drive change on a global scale, working with really smart people - most of whom really seem to care

    ConsA terrible bureaucracy at times. Too many layers of direct and matrixed management. An enormous DISCONNECT at the middle management level between executive strategy and what's actually happening on the ground. Runs primary in the levels Sr. Director and General Managers, but occasionally hits CVP and Directors. Too much managing up, and not enough care given to support teams. Too much empire building and not enough doing what's right for One Microsoft. The irony is that even at the CEO level, the executives get it. It's that middle management layer that is keeping Microsoft from being the nimble company it needs to be to stay competitive in the longer term.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake good on the promise to make the organization flatter. Don't just look at developer areas and Nokia integration, but also look in IT, Finance, WWLP, Operations, etc. Get rid of most of the "matrix" of sideways reporting. Cut out all this overhead and excessive layering that is suffocating a great company. I'm proud to have worked her for several years and made some big positive impacts. However, doing so has been excessively and needlessly tiring. Like many others, I don't plan to stay here if change doesn't happen. There isn't enough money to make it right.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Poor management/execution

    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsGreat benefits, good products. There are some great people there, some horrible folks too. Many different products and technologies to chose from.

    ConsToo much emphasis on processes and hierarchy. Not a great environment for teamwork. Leadership lacks vision, too afraid to execute on bold ideas, grassroot ideas never gets recognized.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease listen to grassroot. Don't put people against each other and stop rewarding arrogant people who are not teamplayers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Perfectly mundane

    User Experience Designer (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsVery progressive attitudes towards remote collaboration. Program managers ran a tight ship and have a sufficient understanding of the technology and process to develop products.

    ConsAn excessive amount of meetings that too often serve a culture hampered by politics. Working there, you feel like you're on a slowly sinking ship where everyone is in on a scheme of getting paid relatively handsomely to perpetuate a culture of mediocrity. Sure there are some products that garner attention, but in the end the sense that someone else is about to release something better—because they're not hampered by an inability to understand what people really want—hovers over everything.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLose the name. Disassemble yourself. Admit defeat early. You're not a lifestyle brand, every time you attempt to do so, you stoke the flames of skepticism and bring shame upon what's already a pretty lame identity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience, but it still comes down to your direct manager.

    Senior Program Manager (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsA great place to work on projects and services that will stretch you and provide you great experience.

    ConsAt the end of the day leadership of the business owners has to align with the CEO. If it doesn't they need to move on.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhere are you going to invest, in the people that do the work for you or shipping features and services?

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Software development engineer in test

    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsJob security, more work-life balance

    Consno clear career growth, difficulty in changing job within the company, slow pace, not many top notch people anymore.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    You'll be challenged and you'll learn a lot of new tools!

    Executive Assistant (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsThere are so many great processes and tools to learn every day! You have to be flexible and ready to change direction at a moments notice. The best part is you are always learning something that will advance your skills. The work environment is nice - the hardware is the best around and of course you have all the software you could dream of having at your fingertips!

    ConsWork/Life balance can be tough at times - expect overtime to come up and be necessary to get job done. You support a lot of smart people that are under a lot of pressure, so occasionally you will be confronted with abruptness or rudeness that you just need to remember it's not you causing the pain to that individual.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage growth and networking to those that are new or young; keep the meetings on track - follow an agenda.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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