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Microsoft Human Resources Reviews

Updated October 10, 2017
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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1947 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 1682 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1093 reviews)

  • Review system was not the greatest (in 519 reviews)

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  1. "Project Lead, LATAM Microsoft"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Analyst
    Current Employee - Human Resources Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Career Development & Great opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    Work Life Balance, Compensation. Most opportunities are based in Redmond, WA>


  2. "Great company to work for and develop a career."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Amazing benefits. You get to work with incredibly intelligent colleagues and have diverse set of career opportunities. Incredibly strong company leadership.

    Cons

    Can have an intense work environment lacking in balance during certain times of the year. Continued opportunity to breakdown silos across organizations but great traction as of late.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to evolve to meet the company culture and mission Satya put in motion the last few years. Build community amongst your teams and extended partners. We all want to be part of something bigger and be in it together.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great culture and place to be...sometimes a tad crazy though"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn and grow and grow at scale
    Open to new things now and not so closed off as in the past
    Truly collaborative within your team and getting better outside of your immediate teams...
    Embrace the concepts of being able to leverage each other all the time (and now expect this across the Company) + contributing to other's success (not just a tagline but truly happens).
    Correct CEO- excellent leader and just what we needed to become relevant again

    Cons

    Work Life Balance can sometimes be a challenge (not too crazy like Amazon) but you have to really manage your own boundaries otherwise it will consume you
    Can be a bit difficult to navigate and know who is who in order to get stuff done- highly matrixed
    Political in some groups meaning who likes who, who has a good rep and using that to their advantage otherwise if you don't play that game you are left in the dust
    Pay is fine but not as strong as it should be
    For our org specifically, we do not really reward people for the work they really produce or make impact on (there are still some pockets of the old ways in HR).

    Advice to Management

    Change some of the HR leaders in HR so that we can truly be world class and not be left behind.
    Hold managers accountable, truly, for being good managers and vice versa- we say this and try to do this but as a Company, there is NOT a forcing mechanism for people managers to be truly good managers and conversely to shore up bad managers (there are still bad managers rampant in our system and very entrenched.)
    Satya- you are doing a ROCK STAR job, just push your LT to live the values that you show us works... there are still some who struggle and that can bring down the entire org.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director, Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director, Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people and (mostly) great products
    Terrific career opportunities - at HQ in Redmond and in field roles
    Very competitive pay and benefits
    An ability to re-invent itself. It can feel like trying to turn an aircraft carrier, but the company has proven it's capable of changing course

    Cons

    They confuse "collaboration" with "constipation." Decisions can take too long, with too many "stakeholders" to try and satisfy.
    It's become very political
    They think very locally (Redmond), but try to operate globally.

    Advice to Management

    Satya has been a breath of fresh air and is on the right path to change the strategy and culture. Keep it up, but shake it up. Might be time to make some tough people decisions at the Sr. Leadership level.


  5. "Satya is changing MSFT in amazing ways!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    New leadership is driving a very inclusive culture, whereby, everyone can make a significant impact!

    Cons

    The company is very Redmond focused


  6. "HR Director"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Human Resources Director in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Regional Human Resources Director in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    innovation in all aspects.
    Customer and employee orientation
    WorkLife Balance
    Good compben overall

    Cons

    Work load and speed

    Advice to Management

    Focus


  7. "Great Intern Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Human Resources Trax Intern in Redmond, WA
    Former Intern - Human Resources Trax Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is filled with intelligent employees. Satya Nadella seems to have instilled a new vibrancy and openness to the culture, which should pay dividends for years to come. Benefitsare generous, the campus is beautiful, and the compensation was very fair. In HR, management seemed very competent and interested in their subordinates' success.

    Cons

    The company is very large, so it's easy to get lost in the shuffle. The culture under Steve Ballmer did not seem particularly open or transparent and many of the old-guard managers remain. The company also seems to reorganize every two to three years, which I doubt is conducive to productivity or innovation.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to compete in today's competitive landscape, the consumer has to come first. All too often, engineers, sales people, and narrowly focused managers prioritize short-term results over long-term success by overlooking the customer and just attempting to shove products down consumers' throats.

  8. "Like the direction, but at what cost??"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company CEO change was long over due and is making an impact in showing our longer term strategy.
    Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Folks are overworked right now, with no end in sight and management is not empathetic.
    Some pockets of management are way too political.
    New 'review' process seems disjointed as well as how rewards are determined. They say there is not a curve but when you have to manage to a budget the reality is there has to be a curve or stack ranking to manage to the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Be fully authentic about review/rewards process.
    Continue to break down political barriers that keep us from getting out work done across the company.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Too political"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of cool opportunities to get engaged in truly impactful, global projects; Good benefits (although they definitely aren't as good as they used to be); a well intentioned, dedicated employee base; very philanthropic

    Cons

    Leadership is weak in many areas of the Sales, Marketing and Services... esp. HR Leadership. Decision-making in HR is lousy and you spend so much time, energy and attention covering your rear-end that it just sucks the life out of you. Its become a miserable place to work. Lastly, the HR team is constantly laying off employees... it sucks.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in HR Leadership that has some backbone - and while you're at it... a change in Leadership in SMSG wouldn't be such a bad thing...


  10. "Transforming Rapidly - For the better"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Culture, Leadership, Opportunity, Profitable, Lots of Cash

    Cons

    Massive and often complex