Microsoft

  www.microsoft.com
  www.microsoft.com

Microsoft Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
8,788 Reviews
3.7
8,788 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Satya Nadella
1,348 Ratings

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)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Great company but watch your back

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing, company culture as a whole is amazing

    Cons

    There is a "Gottcha" mentality within the retail division that seems to be spreading to the rest of the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Salaries within the organization across various locatons

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    International company with strong global presence

    Cons

    Huge organizational structure can be challenging

  3.  

    Awesome learning experiece

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great team, great culture, amazing teams, lots of work, flexible timings, great rewards

    Cons

    You have to be in the good books of yr manager too...But i guess thats everywhere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5.  

    Great place to work!

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

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

    Pros

    Ample opportunities for career growth

    Cons

    Work environment not great in certain teams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company to work for with lots of smart overachieving employees.

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, smart employees, internal moves greatly supported.

    Cons

    So many internal metrics and scorecards that create false/meaningless priorities and lead to undeserved bonus'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that most scorecard metrics are doctored with gamed data. Get rid of them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company and learning opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staffing Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Staffing Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    This is a mature origination with systems and processes in place. However, there is always an opportunity to provide feedback for improvement and lead projects that create an impact. Benefits are amazing and take the pressure off thinking about what you need for a work/life balance - health, stay fit, childcare, work from home. The company also encourages movement - sometimes a bit too quickly. Internal candidates are encouraged to apply to other positions and are highly considered for open positions.

    Cons

    The company is big so navigating it can be very challenging. Due to the old model of stack ranking employees, employees are very self promoting and culture gets a little political especially at more Sr level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    If you are a technology buff, this is the place to be! Always on the forefront of the latest computer technology. Sure the company may still have a smaller than desired market of the mobile business but the product it puts out is good and fluid and fun to use.

    Cons

    You are constantly on the job. The global nature of the teams allow for a wide range of experiences and interactions. But that also means that when you sleep, someone is asking you for something. Also, the company has more than its fair share of type A personalities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most people would rather continue receiving a paycheck and health benefits instead of unemployment. It would be better to stress a bit less on "fancy" waters and unmonitored food offerings and more effort put into actually helping your employees succeed and advance instead of get laid-off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    Great until Senior levels, dirty politics after Senior(63) level and above

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

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

    Pros

    If you are a junior, out of collage, Microsoft is a great place to start your career. Lots of smart people and mentors to learn from, lots of trainings and resources. Good pay and benefits. No major disturbances.

    Cons

    After senior (63) and above, you spend most (literally easily 60%) dealing with politics, making sure you look good, watching out for yourself, covering your back, building alliances. If you choose to stay blind, you may survive if you have good management and they do these for you. Otherwise, no matter how good you are, how much great work you do, you may find yourself thrown under bus very fast, very unexpected and even your manager may not be able to save you. Politics are everywhere, don't get me wrong. However, since only people highly political can survive, senior and above is dominated and ruled by people who have their political empires and what matters most (and sometimes what only matters) is where you are in this political map. A minefield for technical people. It also kills your technical savvy by time and makes you irrelevant for the rest of the industry. If you choose to stay at MS at senior levels for extended periods, make sure you are still marketable or you become the slave of this system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Laying off ICs does not solve the root of the problems. Resolve the sick culture in middle management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Big Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Big company & lots of stuff to do

    Cons

    Big problems and lots of work to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get smaller

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good company, but lacks passion and speed

    • 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 full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    good benefits. loads of smart engineers.

    Cons

    Employees get good benefits, but very little perks at work. Most of the decisions come top bottom, very little engineering driven

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    let engineers come out with great stuff and support it.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

Work at Microsoft? Share Your Experiences

Microsoft

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.