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Updated July 31, 2015
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is what you make it; always been fine for me (in 859 reviews)

  • You will work with some incredibly smart people (in 991 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be very bad (in 552 reviews)

  • The performance review system is broken (in 400 reviews)

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482 Employee Reviews

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  1. Software Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, you learn a lot, good coworkers, interesting challenges, respectful and cery enjoyable environment.

    Cons

    A lof of process, sometimes there's not a lot of choice as to the available tasks to work on

    Advice to Management

    More transparency


  2. International Revenue Allocation Analyst

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - International Revenue Allocation Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - International Revenue Allocation Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Large, well established company with great culture.

    Cons

    Career opportunities for vendors are slim.


  3. Sr. Product Marketing Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

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

    Pros

    You get to know how to scale the business across the globe & also with Partners

    Cons

    Disconnected on engaging with direct customers

    Advice to Management

    Have less hierarchical structures and encourage more direct touch with customers


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  5. Microsoft Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Microsoft Explorer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Microsoft Explorer Intern in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work culture, huge intern benefits, amazing horizontal mobility, and actually impactful projects.

    Cons

    Projects may not be an appropriate length or difficulty(too short or too long)


  6. Best company I ever worked for.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Deployment Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Deployment Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I loved every day I worked there. Awesome experience.

    Cons

    None, I have nothing bad to say.

    Advice to Management

    I have none.


  7. Outstanding

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Product Advisor in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Product Advisor in Seattle, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Positive work environment,very motivating and listened to needs of its employers.

    Cons

    Working overtime the entire time I worked with them

    Advice to Management

    More positive reinforcement, motivation and understanding is key to making a team more productive!


  8. Product Marketing Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    great pay, great work-life balance and benefits, a lot of flexibility in marketing to try new roles, and there are plenty of programs to take advantage of

    Cons

    the environment can feel complacent and lacking accountability, Seattle is a great city but not the best location if you want to make a career in the IT industry

    Advice to Management

    hire more young people, establish more specific and accountable KPIs for marketers, clarify the corporate strategy around devices and mobility


  9. Designer at Microsoft

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer/Prototyper in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer/Prototyper in Seattle, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Huge company to move around in if you want to change jobs. Office division is particularly stable, good job security.

    Cons

    Everything is done by committee and moves VERY slowly. It is hard to get stuff done. It also tends to be more about looking good than actually producing results.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce staff to make things happen faster. Make more teams that can act like a startup.


  10. Senior Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Founder of Small Startup in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Founder of Small Startup in Seattle, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Empowered to be innovative, disruptive, game changer.

    Cons

    Too many layers of org, matrixed and redundancy.

    Advice to Management

    Keep making necessary changes from the top down to modernize Microsoft to stay relevant and competitive.


  11. MBA student consultant

    Former Employee - MBA Consultant, Developer Evangelist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - MBA Consultant, Developer Evangelist in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great place to work well defined milestones

    Cons

    Wanted outside perspective but were not open enough



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