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Updated February 13, 2018
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  • Certain groups can have poor work-life balance (in 1124 reviews)

  • Mid level management, review system (in 522 reviews)

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  1. "Great Culture and Team"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consumer Service Advisor in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Consumer Service Advisor in Natick, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being available Service Advisor is overall a great experience, very fast paced and people focused. You're always meeting new people, in a great team and playing with the latest technology. Lots of great benefits

    Cons

    Being a retail job it doesn't ever provide a consistent schedule and provides a difficult work/life balance. It's very hard to take time off in the holidays.


  2. "Learn more than at any school."

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I learned more working at Microsoft than I ever could have at any school.

    Cons

    There is some stress and pressure. If you don't keep up, you will not keep your job. Then again, you shouldn't.

    Advice to Management

    I have no problem with the way they did their jobs.

  3. "Microsoft"

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    Current Employee - Business Xper in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Business Xper in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and Work Life Balance

    Cons

    Growth Opportunities are limited and don't come around too often.

    Advice to Management

    Employees don't leave jobs, they leave bad managers.


  4. "Service Advisor"

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    Current Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work isn't very hard at all once you get a hang of all the processes. It's an extremely great start to any IT career and depending on the store you apply at, you can get away with very little tech knowledge.

    Cons

    The role is very customer oriented and you will sometimes have to work with customers that don't always respect you. There's usually a lot of issues that customer will blame you for because you represent Microsoft and you sort of have to take it on the chin and move on. Moving up from the service advisor role is also very tough because depending on the store, the leadership may not care.

    Advice to Management

    Make more opportunities for someone to move up from the service advisor role


  5. "Great Location, Benefits, Friendly People"

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    Former Employee - Principal Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a beautiful office. There are interesting problems to work on.

    Cons

    Working in a remote location with headquarters in Redmond means you wind up on teleconferences. And the folks at the HQ end don't always remember to turn on the video-conferencing.

    Advice to Management

    Emphasize to Redmond folks the importance of video-conferencing


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Azure is a political power grab"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing reputation, work with stellar people, awesome experience, top compensation

    Cons

    Thrown into the deep end, 70+ hour workweeks, lots of travel

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate some middle management pulling in big paychecks and playing politics instead of getting real work done.


  7. "Microsoft Product Advisor"

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

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Decent Pay. Good work & life balance.

    Cons

    Slow at times. Not enough growth opportunity.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Fantastic Company!"

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    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!


  9. "Solid place to work"

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    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


  10. "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.


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