Microsoft Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Great Company, Complex Environment.

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    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect
    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Take great care of employees

    Cons

    Complex environment can be difficult to navigate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Microsoft rocks!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are great!

    Cons

    Seems to be limited opportunities for roles outside services and sales in field offices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Good employer, bad location

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Awesome benefits, great work culture and hours, wonderful support group and awesome friends who work there.

    Cons

    The SVC campus is somewhat old-fashioned. There's no agile development, and everyone sits in separate cubicles. Not much collaboration, so it seems like everyone is doing their own thing without any teamwork. A lot of the code reflects that as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try using agile development! It helps people stay motivated and helps them reach their goals instead of reaching blindly for something abstract.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Awesome Work Environment

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Best work culture so far.. Certainly a good place to work in if you are process specific, from a technological point of view this place is A grade compare to rest of the tech companies.. Lots of opportunity to move across teams and find the right spot

    Cons

    There aren't really cons as such from a company point of view. The pay is competitive with the rest of the companies, if you join laterally. but if you are moving up the ladder, the growth is real slow and outcome is not satisfactory

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Contracted-positive experience

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    Former Contractor - University Recruiting
    Former Contractor - University Recruiting

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    The team I worked with gave me a lot of flexibility in managing my time, and there were opportunities to explore my own interests alongside designated assignments.
    Really enjoyed everyone I worked with, for the most part everyone is really passionate about their job and are looking to excel.
    The new CEO has brought about a lot of (positive) changes to Microsoft and I think it will help improve the company & company culture.

    Cons

    Sometimes there could be poor communication, lack of accountability (from a very small minority of people) , & the new 6 month break policy for all contracted employees is probably the biggest negative.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Smart, fun, overwhelming, and political

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    Former Employee - Services Sales in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Services Sales in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Smart people. Doing things that matter and actually help people.

    Cons

    Review system set up to reward peer-to-peer fighting. Remarkably political. Hard to get rid of bad apples, who get passed from group to group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand in solidarity against the curve. If you have ten rock stars, there's no need to designate one as a turd. If you have ten turds, stop mandatorily designating one as a rock star.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. Great work life balance. Senior Leadership still stuck in the past.

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    I spent 7+ years at Microsoft, so obviously couldn't have been too bad! I enjoyed my time there. Work/Life balance was great. My peers were amazing. There was always plenty of money to execute on our plans. And in general, the environment was respectful.

    Cons

    Satya has the right idea. His vision is spot on. But when it comes to the execution, his generals are falling short of that vision. Rather than the innovation he is committed to, they are too busy protecting their fiefdoms. The result of this is that the people who want to innovate are stifled be the focus being placed on "saluting the flag" instead of being trusted to do what they were hired to do. So if you're young and have ideas... you may want to look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evolve. People are buying and using your products differently from how they did when you were advancing your career. You run the risk of becoming irrelevant if you don't embrace ideas from people who are on the front line. If the "innovation" you're approving doesn't make you at least a little bit nervous or uncomfortable... well, how innovative could it really be?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Senior Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Good benefit toward health insurance and have a very good commuting option

    Cons

    Too much developer centric. Microsoft would need to put more effort on usability test and design.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. A fantastic, awe-inspiring place to work... with so much churn going on right now it is hard to concentrate on the work

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    Former Employee - User Experience PM in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - User Experience PM in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Awesome vision for modernizing an aging company
    Clear guidance on where the company is headed
    As a researcher the resources are all there

    Cons

    Culture in flux, some making the transition to the new way, others holding on to the past
    Not able to modernize from a tech perspective as quickly as possible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a realistic look at the progress we have made to update our tech and processes and map vision to progress we have made. We have amazing tech now, don't throw out the baby with the bath water.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Too much clutter

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good people, good campus, good pay

    Cons

    Too much internal bottleneck and politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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