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Updated January 31, 2015
Updated January 31, 2015
9,049 Reviews
3.7
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 859 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 991 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 552 reviews)

  • Performance review system basically encourage competition inside the team (in 400 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to learn for life

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I don't think there is anyplace I could have worked and learned so much and felt like I made such a big impact to the world of technology. I grew at Microsoft in so many ways.

     - It is a wonderful place to become immersed in multiple game changing technologies.
     - Few places offer such a rich and diverse workforce allowing you to learn how to work with people better. Something that is more valuable and will last longer than any technology.
     - Microsoft allows you to take training, stay on top of new trends and grow you strengths.
     - There is always someone who can help. There is a vast wealth of material on hand for research to get you started on new projects quicker, pointed in the right direction, or help you out of a jam.
     - Good corporate values

    Cons

    - If you are in a group that is in a cost center, and particularly if costs are being cut, then the only way you can grow is often for someone else to shrink. This has incented poor behavior in some places.
     - There is no end to work, that is making your project and yourself better. Balance that with your management. You need to balance work/life or it can get out of control.
    - it is not a meritocracy, you will need to network and sponsors to protect and promote your career just as much as doing good work.
    - rewards are very tied to making your direct management chain better. If you helped another team outside your direct managements unbrella do well, you often are not rewarded for that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Let's hope the changes in the review system foster collaboration, focus on the customer, and focus on external competition. Too often the system in place and management that relied on it to make high level decisions forced the company into internal competition versus external competition or enabling innovation.
    - To de-invest requires and up front investment. Too often the ask to cut back comes before there is an ability to simplify or automate first thereby allowing for a de-investment that is painless to the customer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Exciting work, great pay and benefits, ability to use new technology. Microsoft is a place where you can easily move around to work on new challenges when you are ready.

    Cons

    Lack of free food that is seen in many tech companies. Health care is no longer free, but they do provide money each year to cover a portion of what you might have to pay, so you just have to save that up for 2 years to no longer have to pay anything out of pocket.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide free snacks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good experience and learning

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Allows for a lot of flexibility; however...

    Cons

    flexibility does not necessarily equate to WLB. silo'd culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great company to work for...until recently

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Princiapl IT Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Princiapl IT Program Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    I had too many good years at Microsoft IT to give less than four stars. Although with all the recent layoffs, the loss of market share, the pressure of the stakeholders and still no clear vision of the future, it does feel like it will get worse before it gets better. My highlights:

    - Great people
    - Great benefits, competitive compensation
    - Great opportunities for personal growth: job responsibilities, training, mentors, etc...

    Cons

    My lowlights:

    - Pressure from stakeholders makes profit go before people
    - MSIT under constant pressure to change with no articulated vision as to what IT should be causes constant reorg churn, org tweaking, role changes, that just changes people from being the main asset to a pion you can just move around
    - Still no vision of the future. Cloud first, mobile first is so large and vague, it means everything and nothing, basically, it means we will go where the market goes instead of where they think it is going and what they want to offer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To MSIT Management:

    - Please develop a vision already, it's been 3+ years.
    - Indecisiveness at the leadership level on how IT should run and be organized just puts the middle management in difficult position. Hard to have career conversations when orgs and roles are in constant churn

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Software engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Nice work opportunities over here

    Cons

    Big organization and lots of teams

    Recommends
  7.  

    Great company, on a great growth curve, and willing to learn and improve

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Comfortable work-life balance, good impact, positive team environment

    Cons

    Can feel slow and bureaucratic sometimes, doesn't move as fast as some peers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great overall strategy and vision, do push teams to move faster and allow some kind of experimentation to unlock a lot of innovation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Best company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 10 years)

    Pros

    smart people and lots of things to do if you want to change fields or roles

    Cons

    Nothing major just the usual politics of a big company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Microsoft Windows Azure Deployment scenerio.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Microsoft Corporation
    Convenient location
    Software industry
    Windows proficiency environment
    always inventing new software

    Cons

    laid back atmoshere
    Simple departments
    Data Entry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Software Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    great office settings where everyone gets his or her own office, brightest college to work with, friendly environment, flexible working hours, big organization offers many opportunities to learn and grow, best place to advance in your domain knowledge and technical background

    Cons

    frequent reorg and direction change and unstable team organizations
    location (in Seattle) is not very ideal unless you love the rain

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Cool work for interns, great work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Ownership over projects as intern, friendly working atmosphere, very exciting products

    Cons

    Company very large, not very structured across divisions, sometimes hard to attain necessary information/resources to complete work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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