Microsoft Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
8,120 Reviews
3.8
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 688 reviews)

  • Tons of super smart people working for the right reasons - to make a difference (in 893 reviews)


Cons
  • And there are times when the workload may impede on your work-life balance (in 476 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist (in 369 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer (SDE) II  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer (SDE) II in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Training, very good technical skills. Large scale products and impacts. Working with smart people really makes you feel smooth and challenged enough. And work/life balance is fairly good compare other tech companies.

    Cons

    Getting too much emphasis on so called "visibility", more politics than average tech companies. And the technology is gradually "isolated" from the industry that puts more and more resources on open source.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company, good benefits, some groups could get political

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    Former Employee - Senior Development Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Development Engineer

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great company and good benefits

    Cons

    Politics everywhere, people fights for visibility and slows down productivity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The curve thing was stupid and it's good to remove it. Wish there is less politics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great people to work with

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people to work with if you can live with bureaucratic management.

    Company care about people and it is one of few Software Company i have seen people working for more than 15 year in the company.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic management. Management has no vision for the future

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have vision and develop goals and then act on them

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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    SDET II

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Great company
    Excellent benefits
    Encounter great minds.

    Cons

    Learn how to do politics.
    If you dont know how to project yourself well, You wont last long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review system needs improvement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company, exciting direction - still needs to break down silos.

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I just started at the company about 3 months ago but had worked as a consultant for almost 3 years prior to converting to FTE. I really love the new strategy and the new CEO. Collaboration and partnership are finally valued at Microsoft which is awesome. I work with highly intelligent, motivated people who want to do the right thing. The work itself is challenging and I am learning something new everyday. I am compensated well.

    Cons

    Working cross functionally can be a challenge. Working with IT can also be hard because they are also struggling to work around their internal teams. Break down the silos! Work life balance can be a struggle and the new collaboration model can be tough when you are told to continue "coaching" others that are not performing or aren't suited for their roles. Sometimes you just have to get rid of the dead weight!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Integrate solutions management within the business and have them sit with their business customers. Figure out how you want to treat your partners and do it consistently across all segments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to start career in marketing

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart people and great managers helped me learn more than I realized at the time in my first two years out of college. I was challenged and supported in equal measure.

    Cons

    Demanding work schedule and a somewhat competitive environment made for a more stressful experience than would have been necessary to remain productive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage young employees to explore other areas of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    good company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    many opportunities and lots of resource in the company

    Cons

    there is not much in particular

  9.  

    Good work life balance, failed in Mobile/Cloud but still a good place to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    1. Good work life balance
    2. Personal office
    3. A large company have different teams working on different things, and it's very easy to do internal transfer, so you could get your hands on a lot of different areas.

    Cons

    1. A little less paid compared with other Tech companies
    2. The management team really lacks vision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the things done correctly. You want to build something people like to use, create value for customer, that's what you should do. Please don't just build something, that just used to compete with Apple, Google

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    Software Development Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The work is very interesting. Lots of resources to help you accomplish your task. The pay is good and they give good bonuses and non pay compensation

    Cons

    Company can be competitive. A lot of you experience depends on your manager. The documentation is very poor. A lot of meetings with no clear focus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create better tools and processes for collaboration with other teams.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Very good Internship

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

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    There was a very good culture at microsoft and the benefits and perks were quite nice. I worked as an intern and there were lots of events and activities

    Cons

    not much inter-team communication
    Redmond is a bit boring and a distance from Seattle with the last bus leaving at 10pm and the last bus back to Redmond at midnight.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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