Microsoft Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
8,106 Reviews
3.8
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Comfortably Uniique

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager II  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    With the diversity in Microsoft and the ability to move across teams, disciplines and geographies is liberating. For all the hate Microsoft may get it has mostly positive, smart and understanding leaders.

    Cons

    Roles can sometimes be confusing. A program manager can end up handling too many things internally and focus very little externally. This leads to product confusion.
    Also even though its a very large company, it competes with hyper focused competitors where the leadership is crystal clear on the are and the number of people working on it may be much more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue being open and help people understand the strategy internally. There are far too many cynical people inside the company who do not understand the strategy and this is something that is extremely harmful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the best places to work as a Software Engineer

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    + People are insanely smart, some of them legendary.
    + There is virtually no limit in terms of learning opportunities, professional growth and career advancement.
    + Everyone gets own office!
    + Benefit is one of the best in the industry, period.

    Cons

    - Performance review used to be based on stack ranking and fixed curve.
    - Skill set may become irrelevant if not actively kept up with the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    20 Years at Microsoft

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    When I joined Microsoft in 1992, it was one of the most innovative companies in the world. Lots of fascinating work with very talented people who had a very strong drive for results. I was extremely well compensated with stock options, stock grants, salary and bonus. I created 8 new products and was awarded 36 patents that generated over $2 billion in verifiable incremental revenue for Microsoft.

    Cons

    Microsoft's strategy and focus were much clearer in the early 1990s. Opportunities for personal growth existed everywhere. Today there are fewer opportunities today for people who want to be major contributors. Some of this is part of becoming a larger company and reaching the end of the PC era, but much of it is risk aversion. The PC era is ending. A new era is also beginning. This is opportunity. If you want to be great you have to take chances. I am all for mitigating as much risk as possible. However, you will get the same outcome if you keep using the same old strategies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The changing role of the PC and Windows is an opportunity to create a new and even stronger company. However, it means change. Microsoft has many valuable assets to leverage to create the next generation of Microsoft. I believe that you have the talent and opportunity. Now execute on it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good Employer.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

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

    Pros

    Cannot think of any. Everything looks goo.d

    Cons

    Work life balance is good. Co-workers are nice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review system to be more transparent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Large Corporation with lots of opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Public Relations Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Public Relations Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    The size of the company allows one to gain broad business experience in many areas. The team members are generally quite collaborative with the new HR rating system in place. Lot's of opportunities to experience overseas travel and work assignments.

    Cons

    Change in leadership means an era has passed in the company's structure and mission, not sure how the new era will unfold. Opportunities still abound, but with no key business area of domination, similar opportunities exist in smaller more nipple companies. All in, positives outweigh an negatives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Publicize employees ability to work on side projects, both technical and volunteer. Show more examples of the company's technology's impact on the world i.e. natural disaster solutions, education solutions, medical solutions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great workplace to work at!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Test Lead  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Test Lead in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great work life balance.
    Great benefits.

    Cons

    Politically charged people which can impact the speed of decision making

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It was a good company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good career path for someone in my position. Learned a lot

    Cons

    Too big of a company. Slow to move and takes a while to get things done.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Overall Microsoft is still a first-class company to work for.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunities; great benefits; good colleagues.

    Cons

    Somewhat old fashioned engineering process.

  10.  

    Test manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Test Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Test Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and access to tons of resources.
    Engineering teams are brilliant and fun to work with.
    Diverse set of products to work on.

    Cons

    A lot of politics, at times you don't know why the decision was made.
    Some the teams have worse corporate culture.
    The company is lethargic at times reacting to customer needs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Microsoft is one of the best; though all companies have their flaws.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The benefits package is good, the people are smart, and the products are great. It was good to work with one of the top software companies in the world.

    Cons

    Teams do not always communicate adequately, and goals are sometimes lost in the shuffle of the day-to-day. However, they are making changes to head into the future of the changing computing world of today/tomorrow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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