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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Fantastic Company!"

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    • 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. "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. "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


  4. 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.


  5. "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


  6. "Business Administrator"

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    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. "Great Company"

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    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.

  8. "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!


  9. "Systems Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities in different fields if willing to relocate

    Cons

    Too centralized, office politics in the management level and sometimes a lot of ignorance. It is likely to be left out of the decision making, if not physically in Redmond.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good first job"

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

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is a great large company to work for right out of college. Great benefits, great work-life balance (depending on your product team), and great pay. I'm learning a lot, but I think that's because I'm young and there's a lot to learn at my age.

    Cons

    It's a big company. Operations and procedures are slow. Communication within the company is hard, especially for remote offices (not in Redmond, WA). I don't feel passionate about my product (Enterprise & Cloud) but it's definitely an interesting and money-generating space.

    The stack rank/hierarchy is annoying. People will automatically default to the wishes of their manager, without thinking of the product's potential.

    I can't see myself here for more than a few years, but I feel I'll learn a lot while I'm here.

    Advice to Management

    Allow your worker bees to disagree with you every once in a while. Stay technical and don't become irrelevant in a rapidly changing industry. At the same time, know that everyone is human and imperfect.


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