Microsoft Director Reviews

Updated Jun 4, 2020

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  1. "Great"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Great Products and services and job roles

    Cons

    Large company that can be daunting at times.

    Microsoft2020-04-28
  2. "Love the company but may need to reconsider future in the function"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Human Resources Business Partner in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are a great number of reasons to love the company: overall strategic direction set by Satya and big emphasis on culture; work environment, perks, and benefits and really nice team to work with.

    Cons

    As an HR partner I’ve found the following things to be mindful of: -Lack of Strategic Connection between HR Leadership team and the broader org. HR Leadership team seems very detached from the business and HR team realities. Level: HR roles are levels very low in comparison to the leadership teams they support. I’ve been in other organizations where the HR partner role is mapped within a similar peer group as the direct reports to the main business leader supported. In Microsoft, an HR partner is usually between 2-4 levels below those of the supported organization leadership team and +5-7 levels below it’s main business customer. This creates a real gap in the experience/ maturity level of the partner and the supported leadership team, which does not allow the function to really step up at the strategic level the function expects. -Workload: HR partner orgs are extremely lean and not only interacting with the direct business customer bit also with a number of COEs in HR, which is similar to other models. However, the big level of variability between one org and the other is such that the HR partner ends up filling a number of gaps without the appropriate resources to do the job. COE’s are also very disconnected to the business strategy and needs which often results in the need to customize. There’s opportunity for better alignment. Empowerment: Given the two items above, the HR partner role is not as empowered as what I’ve observed in other similar roles with much smaller business scope. Long work hours: You can expect very long work hours. Career progression: very slow. Talent stay very long years in their roles. Due to the limited number of VP roles, growing to a leadership level position is very unlikely.

    Microsoft2020-06-04
  3. "Good Company with some bureaucratic bloat blocking betterment"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Innovative leader within this space. so many opportunities and transformative ideas being driven from the very top. Everyday is another reason to get in and do your best work.

    Cons

    Between top leadership and those in the trenches is the classic HBR middle management issue. So many fiefdoms and stovepipes of excellence chaired by the short sited management more concerned about themselves.

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    Microsoft2020-05-14
  4. "Excellent place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Culture, Use of technology, flexibility

    Cons

    Mediocre middle management, lack of career planning

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    Microsoft2020-04-24
  5. "Good company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart people and interesting projects

    Cons

    The red tape can be overwhelming sometimes

    Microsoft2020-05-08
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Transformation leader"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director Business Development & Strategy in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Employee Focus, Career Growth, Benefits

    Cons

    Internal Politics and alignment, agility

    Microsoft2020-04-08
  7. "Less work, complacency"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Data Science in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work life balance, can we low stress if you are happy with incremental

    Cons

    complacent, old guard rules

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    Microsoft2020-04-12