Microsoft Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
8,350 Reviews
3.8
8,350 Reviews
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 804 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 959 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 530 reviews)

  • In the review system there is a "check box" equivalent to a rank of Underperforming (in 393 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to spend a few years.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    International colleagues
    Good benefits & salary

    Cons

    Very political environment
    Long hours
    Lots of churn in jobs, educating and re-educating new hires

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent growth opportunities

    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    The bulk of the benefits are very good: vacation, flexible hours, and a focus on your growth. Management is generally invested in people (but the company is big, so YMMV).

    Cons

    It is a large organization, and all large organizations have politics.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    n/a

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    nice company to work with

    Cons

    too big structure of the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer

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

    Pros

    Competitive environment and more challenges.

    Cons

    It s hard to work with people. Employess are not friendly to each other.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Company making positive and overdue changes, but suffering collateral damage

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

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

    Pros

    Increasingly well-run. Willing to make big changes. Competing hard in many areas; refusing to give up on mobile space and tablets.

    Cons

    Knee-jerk downsizing without any attempt to retain skilled long-term employees. Way too slow in ditching stack-rank performance system. Difficult to see how the company will effectively counter threats from Google and others that are growing quickly and attracting top talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    My career had its ups and downs

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

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of different products being worked on.
    Benefits are decent

    Cons

    Most product teams have terrible work / life balance, on my last team it was not uncommon to work 7 days a week.
    Each team has its own culture and it was sometimes a big shock when you changed teams
    Politics can sometime drive things more than the right thing for the customer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company

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

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

    Pros

    Talent, Innovation, Culture, Technology, Career Oppertunities

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, Large Company, Pay, Politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Account Executive

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great place to grow. Was impressed upon opening the door.

    Cons

    No cons. Can't complain too much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bit of a glass ceiling.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Consumer Product Advisor is a good job, not a career

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

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

    Pros

    Fantastic chance to learn a growing business in technology retail. Trainers are always in the store monitoring your performance. This helps to assist your growth in your position. Learn the basics on face-to-face retail sales. Develop yourself at your own level, show leadership you can perform challenging tasks, and you will shine and be considered for a promotion in the area of interest. There appears to be not official ladder of movement so explore your interests and strive for success.

    Cons

    It has been 3 years since the first Microsoft store opened in Arizona and they are still considered a baby of a company. It is still very scattered in terms of how leadership runs the operation. Corporate changes the plan frequently to find out what works and what doesn't work. They are making great efforts towards finding an ideal functional operation however if you want to take on this role be advised you will need to adapt to an ever changing environment. Also this is retail which means argumentative people walk into the door and they can be harsh and rude because they are freaking out about how their computer is not working. The feel at justice if they take it out on the first people they see representing this company. You will have to learn to let them vent and be as nice as possible because your rudeness will only make the customer more angry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please get more organized. The policy reads when in doubt on the job ask management for help. But the policy says nothing about all saying the same thing. So please develop a standard set of procedures that management follows so leadership can make the same decision. The lack of consistency not only confused the employee up how to do their own job but also confuses the customer. The customer needs to hear the same thing every time in all locations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    excellent employer

    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    there are lots of great opportunities at Microsoft and it's easy to move around. Not all teams are great, but there are many great teams there!

    Cons

    It's a big companies and not all parts of it are great. Some places encourage long hours. But there are a lot of good teams too.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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