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Microsoft Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
8,788 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.  

    It's a great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Co workers, salary, benefits, opportunity to advance

    Cons

    In my opinion, there are no cons to working for this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't have advice, they're doing a great job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Microsoft is the greatest

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    I love the stay fit benefits the great love

    Cons

    Working at time Warner location and the management sucked

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company to Join after College

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Expectations are clearly defined; challenging projects; extremely bright colleagues.

    Cons

    University recruiting end-to-end time span could be shortened.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Love Microsoft now more than ever

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Company has gotten much better now with Satya

    Cons

    Field scorecard obsession is still an area that we need to get under control.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Overall extremely positive.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Excellent compensation and benefits. Great work atmosphere with highly skilled & talented coworkers. Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Biggest con just comes with the size of the organization. It can be hard for lower level PMs/Devs to induce change either a) on a broader scale or b) on any scale outside of their own area of immediate responsibility. While communication to immediate managers and CEO is actually pretty good (with town halls, q&a sessions, etc.) communication to/from more intermediate level managers is often lacking (and for managers outside your immediate org, often non-existent.)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Potential, still lacking trust

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great team, can work independently, responsible for own decisions

    Cons

    Upper management is untrustworthy and change their minds constantly

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Amazing company, amazing benefits, competitive salary.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very friendly atmosphere, great culture. This company is truly incredible and you can really move up quickly if you're good at what you do.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is challenging. You'll need to plan days off several weeks in advance. Hours can be very demanding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is definitely moving in the right direction.

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

    Excellent colleagues and supportive management

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    I worked with creative, intelligent, passionate people. The environment was supportive, giving me all the resources I needed. Everyone was generous with their time and knowledge.

    Cons

    The company's products are driven by the marketing departments. If marketing thinks the customers want something, then resources are dedicated to it. If marketing doesn't think customers are clamoring for something, it is actively resisted, because you get no rewards for creating features that marketing doesn't want. This means that innovation and creativity are inherently locked out of product development, because by their nature new ideas aren't yet being asked for by customers. It's foolish and short-sighted by utterly entrenched and every kind of compensation reinforces this policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Anticipate what people want and deliver that, rather than catching up with what others have already delivered. Devote a group of people to legacy support, and create new systems, from Windows to Office and beyond, that start fresh and aren't hobbled by backward compatibility. Write ever error message as though the entire management hierarchy's personal home phone numbers were on the message. Put the customer first, rather than putting the computer first.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Its a very positive working environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Contrary to what people think, Microsoft is a very positive environment to work in. There are a lot of smart people and plenty of opportunities to solve tough problems.

    Cons

    All parts of Microsoft are not equal. There are some teams like Bing where the work culture is far superior. So you need to make sure you join a good org within Microsoft. But if you work in an org with a lot of good work happening, your work life balance always suffers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It was a really great experience interning with MS Research Redmond.

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    Former Employee - Research Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Great people and research environment with a lot of freedom. Above average benefits.

    Cons

    I did not find any during the internship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I liked everything about MSR so please keep it the same.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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