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Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
8,992 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Interesting place

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

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

    Pros

    Many different disciplines and experiences to be had

    Cons

    It's so big that the different organizations do not always have common goals and objectives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Somebody needs to actually lead

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company that is making the right changes

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

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is a large company that is a collection of small business units that operate fairly independently. lots of opportunities to work in multiple businesses with multiple models.

    Cons

    large companies like MS can move slower and be more political. also, lots of smart people work here, so be prepared to deal with massive egos in some cases. overall, i had a great time working here.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    whatever

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Good pay, lots of tech, flexible work schedule, opportunity to move around

    Cons

    Too many managers who do nothing, too much process

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fairly decent place to work at with nice benefits, great people, best in industry pay and awesome growth opportunities.

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great colleagues, compensation, work-life balance, benefits and growth opportunities. The company is getting more innovative and competitive which is all great!

    Cons

    You need to understand how you can do what needs to be done. Its different in different parts of the company. So different in fact that you might as well be working at different companies all together when you switch teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue innovating and empowering employees to do their best.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great

    • 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

    Transition to cloud, good pay master

    Cons

    Late to mobile, Search, Social and generally slow

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent place to work, provided you find the right manager

    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, very smart people abound, great mobility within the company, opportunities for mobile workers, many great reasons to work here.

    Cons

    Very competitive place to work, the old stack rank mentality still lingers (some groups still use it, I believe, although my understanding is that it was eliminated for the most part).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Satya Nadella is doing great things, keep driving out the culture of individual competition and work towards true collaboration, customer obsession.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome!

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

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance and culture.

    Cons

    Can't think of any at this point.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Workplace

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

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Microsoft offers flexible work place

    Cons

    Lots of process to follow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put little less focus on process

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Smart people. Experience may vary based on team.

    • 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

    - Smart people. Although quality can vary from team to team
    - Good perks
    - Salary good for Seattle

    Cons

    - Review system is really bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Cut the bloat and take care of your engineers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company

    • 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 full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with everyday
    Good work life balance
    Great products
    Flexibility to move around, do anything any job you want to
    Amazing learning opportunity. It is like 10 different companies/businesses rolled into one

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility
    Internal politics and favoritism
    Top heavy and middle heavy organization structure
    Too many processes and people just to manage those processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up the ranks, move out the fat belly
    Divest/sell products and focus on core

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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