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Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
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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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  1.  

    An amazing company but really hard to get a new role

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Benefits (insurance, life, travel and so on) but most importantly the social power that comes with it.

    Cons

    It's a big corporate world, really hard to navigate within it, and it's really hard to get a new role. HR is terrible sometimes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Social Media Ambassador

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Windows Ambassador in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Windows Ambassador in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Free Laptop & Phone With Job Role

    Cons

    No Opportunity To Join After Great Performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accept Great Performers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    very generious

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    MSFT salaries are generous but not I found it hard to progress because of their calibration system. I have heard that it's changed

    Cons

    It's v difficult to get promotions, salary increases, you coudl work for years and get 1% annual rise despite meeting all and exceeding some expectations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Depends which team/org u work in....

    • 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

    Pros

    Working from Home Policy, opportunities, access to everything MS (software), benefits (though they trimmed them down)

    Cons

    Politics, favouritism, bad managers, lack of integrity and values, the review curve... yes they changed their review system.. but the curve is still there...

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Disorganised

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Brighton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Brighton, England (UK)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fun, free atmosphere with free teas

    Cons

    Total lack of organisational skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No longer applicable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Great place to work as a human being but not if your interested in commission.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great company, great products, great customers who want to hear what Microsoft has to say, great strategy with O365 & Azure, great working environment and good people so if you want a job you can enjoy and don't care about commission then Microsoft is an outstanding company.

    Cons

    First thing to know is that I've never worked so hard or been so busy as in Microsoft as there are so few people so be prepared to work evenings and weekends. If you work in sales and want to earn commission Microsoft isn't the place to be, targets are based on renewing Enterprise Agreements which dwarf's new business sold so if a customer doesn't renew your year is over, if you do any new business it's a tiny percentage of your achievement compared to a renewal so you carry massive risk with very little ability to achieve or over achieve. An example would be that since I've joined 4 years ago I believe 90% of product rep's have left and around 50% of account managers all due to not being able to earn commission.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure what to say bar someone needs to recognise new business in a different way to renewals as unless Microsoft sellers get paid for selling net new all they will ever do is focus on renewals which is OK but won't deliver the company growth for the future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    you can focus on your work without distractions

    Cons

    very corporate, very geeky culture

  9.  

    Fantastic research environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people at Microsoft Research are fantastic, world-class researchers. My experience in the Cambridge research lab completely changed my graduate studies. I learned about a new field. I learned how to do engineering for that field. I made what I hope are lifelong friendships and collaborations. It was truly a fantastic experience.

    Cons

    The intern seating is ridiculously lacking. I cannot believe there are not more intern desks. Interns should be seated near peers who are working on similar problems and should be seated near their mentors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the research pure. Microsoft is one of the only companies remaining that is still invested in pure science that does not have to be applied to a product immediately. Don't let this die.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Salary and work life balance

    Cons

    Pressure, salary, flat work structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Could do better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Microsoft Pros and Cons

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Stable Environment
    learn a lot
    Customer exposure

    Cons

    Strict Organization with strict policy when it comes to Tenders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be Flexible

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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