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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1947 reviews)

  • Working with really smart people who readily share their great insights is a humbling experience where everyone is treated as equals by all employees (in 1682 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1093 reviews)

  • Review system was not the greatest (in 519 reviews)

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  1. "Application Developer"

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    Former Employee - Consultant Developer in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Consultant Developer in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends

    Pros

    Best help out to reach your potential and have abundant opportunities to earn through your talent.

    Cons

    didn't notice anything bad while working as intern


  2. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Sales in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed and great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Nothing it was just so good.

    Advice to Management

    Yes

  3. "quite good experience"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1.care much about your success and really can learn a lot about skills with brilliant people here.
    2.If you are in a good team with established people, you will learn a lot and you will feel your life is enjoyable. If not, you are just wasting your time here.
    3.the focus on the business. This may seem counterintuitive but the business focus is an excellent lens through which to look at software design and execution. I previously worked at a company which was arguably a better engineering company but the lack of business focus led to software projects not having longevity and ultimately to the collapse of the company.

    Cons

    1.maybe too many brilliant people and have no chance to be promoted
    2.The company doesn't have quite the creative edge it once did. Sometimes it blunders big, yet manages to survive because of its sheer size and wealth. Management above a certain level tends to lose sight of reality, so can end up doing the wrong thing, like laying off and rewarding the wrong people.

    Advice to Management

    give more chance for those who want to be promoted


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Microsoft Sales Environment - better wear kevlar vest"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Salary. Decent benefits, but diminishing very quickly. Health care will change from nearly free to costly HSA format this year. Probably a great place for technical people. For sales, you won't be there long. Most sales people have 1-2 years, many less. MSFT doesn't seem to care how much you spend on travel, lying on travel claims is rampant. Bad news for shareholders.

    Cons

    If you go into sales be aware: commissions are recoverable if you do not meet 80% of your quota. Very poor account history and sales history. MSFT doesn't seem to know what they sold, when, where? The least collegial atmosphere I've worked in in over 25 years in business. Daggers are out for everyone. My manager took public pleasure in firing people and spoke freely with smiles when he told the story. Managers would not help educate on admin/sales systems, or on accounts. Atmosphere of fear and unnecessary competition between people in divergent groups. No/very little technical support for sales people.

    Advice to Management

    Hire better sales managers who foster team.
    Hire better sales and technical people who understand things other than Windows or MS Office.
    Train sales people to listen. Most MSFT sales people shout down clients. It starting to show in reduced sales.
    Drive out the arrogance.


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