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Updated October 7, 2017
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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. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic Company!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Principal Systems Architect in Cambridge, MA
    Current Contractor - Principal Systems Architect in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wok hard/play hard philosophy brought to practice. They take great care of their employees.

    Cons

    Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods.

    Advice to Management

    Look to find ways to bring contractors aboard full-time. They're great people too!


  2. "Solid place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Benefits!!
    - Good work/life balance
    - Interesting product areas

    Cons

    - Bureaucratic
    - Development processes can be slow
    - Internal tools are outdated and terrible

  3. "Business Administrator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Administrator in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Business Administrator in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Microsoft has awesome benefits and the business administrator role has a flexible schedule.

    Cons

    The business administrator role is leveled below all positions at Microsoft, is hourly and does not receive the same stock options and bonus benefits like other positions at the company.

    Advice to Management

    Microsoft managers should push to have the business administrator role receive the same benefits as everyone else.


  4. "Amazing"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consumer Product Advisor in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Consumer Product Advisor in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Fair pay for the job that you do

    Cons

    Due to the massive company that it is... communication isn't always the best


  5. "Great Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing and the work is challenging

    Cons

    Very difficult to grow career if not willing to relocate to Redmond, WA or another Operations Center

    Advice to Management

    Microsoft makes the software that enables companies to be successful around the world. Remote workers can contribute and deliver just like those in the office next to you.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good work Environment"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Data Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Contractor - Data Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Engineers around you, And have good amount of time to solve the problems

    Cons

    Looks contractors as the Aliens


  7. "Spotter"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - Part Owner in Littleton, MA
    Former Freelancer - Part Owner in Littleton, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fare/Pay Bonus Paid Vacation etc.

    Cons

    The Hours were very long at times

    Advice to Management

    Work as a team not a loner

  8. "On the right path!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Pre-sales Data and Analytics Specialist in Pepperell, MA
    Current Employee - Technical Pre-sales Data and Analytics Specialist in Pepperell, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Expanded products, being sold at competitive prices, which makes pre-sales excellent. The technology is amazing, and we're getting "Faster" at getting to market.

    Cons

    Outside perception mostly, and the land-grab versus AWS for cloud. We lost the mobile space.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing now. The decline is long over, and now it's up to the sky!


  9. "The perfect company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The culture and beliefs of the company make you feel good to work for someone who cares so much about its customers and employees

    Cons

    None that I can think of, outside of the company not letting employees know where certain hardware divisions are headed ahead of time

    Advice to Management

    Work your way up, earning a management role will benefit you much more than being handed one


  10. "Amazing overall. Too much time spent with internal meetings"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Sales in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Visionary management, Innovative products and services, Over-achieving employees, Amazing culture

    Cons

    WAY too much time spent on internal meetings vs vital time with customers. challenges with work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce internal meeting time. Otherwise keep on going!


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