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Updated June 15, 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. "Great company, but it can get very political"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Microsoft continues to be a leader, so you're always working with the latest technology & products.
    * Access to a wide range of technical content and self-learning offerings.
    * You're working with lots of smart, passionate and enthusiastic people.
    * Great benefits package - salary is just average market rate, but lots of extras add up and make it very good (stock purchase program, health insurance, mobile phone plan, incentive bonuses).
    * Exposure to varied industries.
    * Yearly trips to Seattle to participate in technical events gets you energized about the company's future direction and allows you to build relationships with product teams.

    Cons

    * Work/life balance (or more exactly lack of). Stress is a constant part of the job. Consulting roles are very time-demanding and can involve lots of travel. Sales roles have more time flexibility, but have very challenging quotas to meet.
    * Internal politics. You get more visibility via networking with the right people than your own work merits. I don't know how bad this is in the Headquarters or other subsidiaries, but it is very pronounced in Australia. This is not a good place to work if you're a "quiet achiever" but if you're an extrovert who's very good at self-promotion you'll go far.
    * Lots of internal politics - "who you know" is very important. Managers (at least in Australia) are simply swapped across divisions instead of promoting people within their own teams.

    Advice to Management

    * Pay attention to what employees say on the surveys.
    * Recognize people on their own merits.
    * When deciding to move a senior manager to lead a different business line, consider the impact the move will have on the morale of the team. Wouldn't a person within the team be as qualified to be promoted as the new lead instead?


  2. "Partner Sales Executive"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global opportunities, Innovative, and well understood technologies

    Cons

    Slow cultural change, Embedded personal

    Advice to Management

    Review employees who worked for you through the ten year period your share price was stagnant

  3. "If you're Not in the Club..you're not in the club."

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    Former Contractor - Territory Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Contractor - Territory Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Its Microsoft.
    Pay is OK
    All the cool Toys

    Cons

    Contractors are majority of staff but viewed as second class citizens.
    People in the office are not friendly. The environment is all about cliques. If you arent in the clique, you dont even rate a greeting.
    So secretive, often dont even get enough information to do your job properly

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating your contractors like children. You hire them to do a job, let them do it


  4. "Service Delivery Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment, very flexible working time.

    Cons

    Salary is somehow under expectation compared to the Microsoft brand


  5. "Good prevails"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    System of Rewards , ability to act outside of your job description. The company is really innovative for customers, lots of opportunities to participate in great wins, excellent team work

    Cons

    Frequent team restructures with no clear planned outcome don't help the customer relationship. As stack ranking is gone, you only rely on your manager now to get your EOY review

    Advice to Management

    Don't fix what's not broken, don't change what is working.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, some issues"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company with fantastic smart people across the world. It's trying to embrace a modern style that allows growth. Great benefits, flexible working environment, lots of smart people.

    Cons

    Local teams are caught up in politics from the top down. Talent passed over or left to stagnate in preference of graduates or friends. The new rating and review system is subjective. The company locally tries to embrace diversity, yet pushes out anyone who has a different view or approach.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the "in crowd" and make the company truly great


  7. "Marketing Executive"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Executive in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Marketing Executive in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very Good Company at the same time very tired job

    Cons

    It's a challenge for me to compete with other competitors products.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. Make it better.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Highly complex org structure, all innovation Seattle only"

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Regional Sales in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global company. OK pay and conditions.

    Cons

    All tech and product innovation out of Seattle. C grade middle management end up hiring more C and D grade people. Repeat for 20 years and you have an explanation as to why most new things they do end up sucking. If you are not in sales or service support and don;t live in Seattle you are a nobody.

    Advice to Management

    Break the closed middle management culture.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great colleagues, friendly work environment

    Cons

    Not great leadership, rarely interested in staff

    Advice to Management

    We'd benefit from managers who manage.


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