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Microsoft Business Administration Reviews

Updated March 20, 2019
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  1. "Great!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Group Business Administrative in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Group Business Administrative in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Just about everything! Food is great and cheap, work-life balance allows for me to actually be a normal person outside of the weekends. Benefits are next level, people are incredible, truly if you have ever worked at a place and loved it, I guarantee it is better over at Microsoft. I know because that's how I felt leaving my last job.

    Cons

    With such a large company and campus, it is easy to feel like you are being sucked into something overwhelming. As long as you make a few lifelines through your manager or coworkers, it can be managed.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Don't accept this position if you aren't planning on being a career admin/executive assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Administrator in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Business Administrator in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Flexible work life balance
    -Great benefits
    -Friendly employees
    -Commuter benefits (if you live in Seattle and are able to ride the connector)

    Cons

    -Little to no training for this role
    -Peers are inconsistent not overly passionate about working
    -Administrators are treated poorly, like the bottom of the food chain
    -No bonus or stock bonus (even though every person on the team you are working for will get one EOY except you)
    -Culture is stuffy and traditional
    -Peers only want to help you grow if you are planning on being a "career admin"
    -Poor compensation

  3. Helpful (1)

    "On-boarding HELP"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Executive Business Administrator in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Executive Business Administrator in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation package, large corporation, The Commons, the Prime card discounts, opportunity for lateral career growth into various depts.

    Cons

    The on-boarding program is completely inefficient. The training once you're in your role is stagnant and unreliable, the managers are not thoroughly trained and 'too busy' in their own roles to ensure their employees are properly trained.

    Advice to Management

    Fix your on-boarding and training programs.


  4. "Okay place to work"

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    Former Contractor - Business Administrator in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Business Administrator in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Laid back, free soda, juice, milk, tea, etc.

    Cons

    Boring, some groups are working on things that will never come to fruition.


  5. "dead end"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Operations Administrative in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Business Operations Administrative in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    microsoft is known for its extensive benefits with good reason

    Cons

    at microsoft its a political game. if you try to make it there with just hard work and experience you might be disappointed.

    Advice to Management

    utilize the skills of your team members without *USING* them. don't make people feel like they were a means to an end.


  6. "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.


  7. "Business Administrator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Administrator in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Business Administrator in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule (but depends on the team/workload), downtime

    Cons

    Drama and favoritism in the admin community

  8. "Great place to work, flexible & wonderful for work-life balance."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Administrator in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Business Administrator in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I am able to have a flexible work environment, work hours, and how to do my job.

    Cons

    It's hard to change careers within MIcrosoft as a business admin. Gets discouraging.


  9. "Business Administrator II"

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    Former Contractor - Business Administrator II in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Business Administrator II in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, morale and environment.

    Cons

    Contract duration restrictions; the maximum contract employee can only stay 18 months.


  10. "Executive Administrator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Business Administrator in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Executive Business Administrator in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have been in this field for 11 years

    Cons

    After s certain amount of worked hour you now have to have a 6 month break

    Advice to Management

    The Break is detrimental to the business flow