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Microsoft Reviews

Updated December 25, 2014
Updated December 25, 2014
8,789 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.  

    Three years in

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Solutions Professional
    Current Employee - Technical Solutions Professional

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

    Pros

    Career development heaven! There is a really clear path to any job in the company. Build skills with published roadmaps, build relationships with huge numbers of people willing to help, have the job of your dreams. I've never worked for a company that made things so straight forward. There's a ton of hard work to do but worth it so far.

    Cons

    There is so much opportunity that it's hard to step back and take a break. If you're the kind of person that wants to get a job and do the same thing for years, I don't think this is the company for you. I feel like, if even for a week or two, I don't make forward strides that I move backward. A little scary but challenge is good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to think cross-platform. The attitude of being a challenger is becoming prolific within the company and I think that is a very health mentality.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Over-Reliance on Contractors

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

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Microsoft's Redmond campus is a friendly working environment offering many amenities and terrific benefits if you are a regular, full-time employee.

    Cons

    As of mid-2014, Microsoft still relied heavily on contractors to perform both core work functions and support functions up to and including the provision of desktop equipment and the organization of badge and security. The contracting of logistical tasks in particular resulted in considerable logistical confusion and delays for new hires. Badges are often delayed for one to two weeks. Contracting agencies sometimes fail to provide new hires with laptops and peripheral equipment until a week or more into their tenure. Contractors with core responsibilities lose access to essential functions in the midst of their contracts due to errors on the part of other, unrelated contractors located off campus. However, I gather that the company is working to reduce reliance on contractors, overall. This is seems to be part of the reorganization that began in mid-2014.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend that, at the very least, the badging and security responsibilities be centralized locally on the Redmond campus with ready accountability to Microsoft managers, so that they can ensure timely staff access. In addition, if Microsoft continues to utilize contractors, I would recommend tightening up the provision of contractor equipment. Agencies that don't provide timely equipment for their contractors should face some kind of sanction regarding future hires.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Long term and short term career

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance and a great benefit plan

    Cons

    low base salary, slow move up the ladder

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more moving opportunities to go up than go sideways

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    No ambition

    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, amazing pay, lots of good people.

    Cons

    Very little ambition amongst the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cultivate startup culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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

  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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