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Updated October 9, 2017
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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1907 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 1665 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1071 reviews)

  • Review system was not the greatest (in 516 reviews)

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  1. "Great vision and energy at corp level. Some Geos not so great."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sales in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best resources hands down of any company. CEO very impressive. Top leadership great.

    Cons

    Middle layer leadership not great. Tons of political bs, gossip and toxic interaction.

    Advice to Management

    there is a serious disconnect between the messages at the top of the communication chain and how the day to day is rolled out. Learn what it's like to be in the shoes of your employees and front line managers. Empower and invest more, micromanage and gatekeep less.


  2. "Great Benefits"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Development Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Community Development Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Supports diversity
    Community/Social Focused Company

    Cons

    Difficult to advance despite hard work
    Still very political regarding promotions
    Difficult to transition from retail to corporate
    If you come from a corporate, professional background, do not work in retail division

  3. "Product Advisor/Sales"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, flexible company to work for if you have a family. Great benefits for you and your family, 401 k and stock options

    Cons

    Non Commission based. Promotions are few and far in between. hard to get recognized based on performance. Hours are hard to come by at part time 25 average a week. Lower starting pay

    Advice to Management

    recognize your stronger employees and keep them close so they don't have to look for other sources of income


  4. "Lots of changes, without field direction"

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    Former Employee - Field Sales Representative in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Field Sales Representative in Houston, TX
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Extremely talented employees, for the most part.
    - Good (used to be great) benefits
    - Stock doing great in recent years
    - Excellent senior leadership
    - Solid cloud development and offerings

    Cons

    - As company is changing from annual agreements to subscription revenue, field is in turmoil
    - Some field locations are seeing massive turnover (>50%)
    - Compensation plans uncertain/changing for field roles as management tries to understand how to adjust comp models to new sales models.
    - Pockets of low morale

    Advice to Management

    Ensure there is better field management to manage during the change. In some areas, field management is managing via intimidation models and driving uncertainty, poor morale, and massive turnover.


  5. "Great job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    Pros

    nice benifts. pay good money

    Cons

    dont have anything bad about it


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Retail Stores"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    First for all new cool products

    Cons

    Corporate team doesn't take you seriously

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time investing in your people


  7. "Software Engineer Intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - Intern in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, free snacks,

    Cons

    Lots of meetings, limitation to use open source tools

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to be"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Solutions Professional (TSP) in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Technology Solutions Professional (TSP) in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of changes, team work, great Training available, top of the food chain.

    Cons

    You have to figure out what you need and train yourself, its available to you but no one is going to help you.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let good people go to other companies. Support them in what they see as there next career move within Microsoft


  9. "Fantastic Company"

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    Former Employee - Product Advisor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Product Advisor in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great learning experience over Microsoft Products.
    Good company within the store.
    Really exciting new product reveals, always nice to see new Microsoft Products release, and it's a plus to be able to test drive devices that aren't officially in the market yet.

    Cons

    Management have had personal issues that got in the way of the job environment.
    The Microsoft Store was within the mall, so the store can get a little rowdy sometimes.
    Difficult to achieve promotions without having personal relationships with management outside of store.

    Advice to Management

    Schedules and breaks were very lenient, but sometimes employees can't catch a break over favorites. Management played favorites with the employees.


  10. "Depends on the department"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Leadership from the top was fantastic with a great focus on the future. Benefits are great, and access to the alumni group after leaving opens many doors. Community outreach is fantastic

    Cons

    Middle management could not seem to let go of the past... the company is moving towards a platform agnostic setup that focuses on services, yet many managers I talked with still help to the concept that "Windows is king".

    Work/Life Balance was not a phrase what was known. I was expected to reply to emails at 1am and 5am... You can forget your vacation because you would have to have your email on you 24/7. This was the reason I left

    Advice to Management

    Get the middle with the program, or get rid of them.


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