Microsoft Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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  1. lawyer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Collegial, friendly, and smart colleagues; excellent benefits; exciting work

    Cons

    Suburban location; sometimes stifling bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work at transitioning the company to a more nimble competitor!

  2. Very positive experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    - Good Pay
    - Friendly co-workers
    - Interesting work
    - Up an coming company
    - Fun and exciting atmosphere
    - The company has constantly evolved and is growing

    Cons

    Although the salary is competitive, the salary could be better given the location of the company in a very expensive city.

    Advice to Management

    Only advice would be to continue the same trajectory. The company seems to continuously evolve by offering different products. This ensures and promotes job security.

  3. Program Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of products and areas to work on. Some areas are very interesting e.g. cloud. The rest of MSFT is boring.

    Cons

    Slow, very slow. Very political no matter how they change the review system. You need to play the game to get ahead

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate test, cull PMs, bring engineers closer to customers and build stuff that customers want.

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  5. Supply Chain Operations

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    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great, smart, motivated people! The company is moving in a positive direction, and the operations team is in a great place to implement newer, customer-friendly capabilities

    Cons

    Like most companies, particularly large ones like Microsoft, there's some passive-aggressive behaviors that are not healthy, and difficult to manage.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in more outside-in thinking. Make the competition the foe -- not internal politics, budgets, and agendas. The company needs an even greater sense of urgency.

  6. Sr Product Manager

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing place to work, work with best and brightest on important projects, strong level of ownership and responsibilities, very motivating work and opportunities to make an impact.

    Cons

    Little people management opportunities, internal promotion system

  7. Loved the diversity, people development, and fast pace

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    for the self-aware, there are many career development opportunities. you learn a ton of soft-skills given the pace, growth and diversity fostered in the teams.

    Cons

    it takes time to develop the career. it is competitive, there are many others with better skills than yours. also, this position doesn't come with immediate respect. you still have to earn it and find ways to provide value to your team. you can also easily end up in an org needing to transition every 3-6 months, which takes time from your normal tasks.

  8. exciting times!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great company if you find the right proactive and energized sales support team who care about their customers - there are plenty of them out there, and a depth of experience and knowledge which is amazing..

    Cons

    a lot of tired, disillusioned sales people who expect a customer to cut a PO after they send a powerpoint deck and pricelist. Avoid these as both a customer and as internal sales.

    Advice to Management

    keep changing

  9. A great environment to do work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lot of opportunities inside the company to work on. With products ranging from Azure to Xbox, opportunities are plenty.

    Cons

    Sometimes the size and distances can make progress slow. There could be multiple groups working on the same problem.

    Advice to Management

    Bringing a consistent message through the hierarchy is very important for a smooth functioning of a large product group. Sometimes this was lacking and needs to be addressed.

  10. Responsible for driving net new advertising revenue by partnering with the volume licensing teams

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    Current Employee - Incubation Specialist in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Incubation Specialist in Redmond, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Microsoft is a stable company. We are always trying to do more and are fiercly competitive.

    Cons

    The overall package at Microsoft is becoming less and less competitive each year.

  11. analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -can make a large impact because products are so widely used
    -large organization offers many people knowledgable in many different areas

    Cons

    -large and rigid corporate structure can make it difficult to enact change and think flexibly and creatively
    -incentive structure sometimes not aligned with actually doing a good job

    Advice to Management

    -less conservative decision-making could in certain spots
    -difficult to communicate across verticals- not sure whether to talk to the people on the ground or shoot things up the ladder

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