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Updated February 17, 2018
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  • Certain groups can have poor work-life balance (in 1124 reviews)

  • Mid level management, review system (in 522 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, challenge and empowerment. Great Benefits and stable company

    Cons

    Positions are not stable, there are annual restructuring efforts continuously.

    Advice to Management

    Tools need improvements


  2. "Operations Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are top notch, you will work the brightest and best people who genuinely care are passionate about technology about the work they do.

    Cons

    It's a large company - be prepared to navigate the waters to maximize your individual impact.

  3. "Learn alot and be proud of accomplishments, but don't expect that to make you successful"

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    Former Employee - Operations Progr in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Operations Progr in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Highly Intelligent colleagues, exciting projects.

    Cons

    Highly Politicized Environment, must play the game to advance.


  4. "Great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Business Operations Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Business Operations Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft offers amazing learning and development opportunities. For people who like to operate in a high-powered and fast-paced environment, this is a great employer. For people who are not comfortable with constant change, not so much.

    Cons

    Constant reorganization of the company can be disruptive on many levels. Multiple rounds of layoffs lead to a culture where people do not feel encouraged to take bold risks. On the other hand, this has also changed Microsoft's culture for the better. Gone are the combative rivalries, and the dreaded employee stack review system.

    Advice to Management

    A decent amount of frustration occurs due to politics.
    Saw good careers stagnate due to chaotic leadership.


  5. "Operations Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Operations Program Manager
    Current Employee - Operations Program Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, products, & leadership

    Cons

    Probably not a good fit for average performers


  6. "Director Business Management"

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    Former Employee - Director Business Planning and Operations in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Director Business Planning and Operations in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, and compensation package, flexibility to Work from home, bright and driven co-workers, company culture is shifting to allow for more trial and growth ideas vs. sure thing, feel privileged to be part of broader organizational goals.

    Cons

    Highly bureaucratic and political, no clear path for advancement or promotions within team or cross-organizational--you are on your own to sell yourself and skills to other teams. Little on the job training is offered, assumption is everyone will avail themselves of online tools which are often dated and/or circular--i.e. websites pointing to each other w/ no information on either. Outside of sales teams, bonus allotments are random and seem untied to work despite assurances that it is all taken into consideration. your bonus depends on how well or poorly your "peer pool" performed. If they didn't do as well, you will get more, if you all perform well, the money is peanut buttered across. Hardly incentive to help co-workers perform, despite cross-group collaboration goals.

    Advice to Management

    Assign clear bench marks for bonus levels. Assist people in future job placements by helping them to find leads, introducing them to others in company who can help.


  7. "QA Lead"

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft acquired Razorfish. Felt pride to an employee of Microsoft.

    Cons

    None that come to mind.

  8. "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.


  9. "Operations at Microsoft"

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    Former Employee - Operations Program Manager
    Former Employee - Operations Program Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast-paced, exciting place to work, interesting and challenging work, never gets boring, highly educated and skilled colleagues, strong compensation and good benefits. Company is moving in the right direction.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs - more than in previous years, lack of clear strategy, unwillingness to commit to investing in automation of manual processes, chasing the next shiny thing rather than sticking to a strategy, used to be a place where you could grow your career now it's a place you are fighting just to hold on to your job. Work-life balance is poor.

    Advice to Management

    Create a defined strategy, build a plan to realize it, and then stick to the plan. Don't chase so many shiny objects. Find an org structure that makes sense and stick with it long enough to allow it to reap benefits. Stop the constant reorgs.


  10. "Great opportunity for remote work"

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    Former Employee - Business Operations Manager in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Business Operations Manager in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    All in all, strategy of current leadership is focused on the right areas, and across the board MSFT is a strong organization to work for with a good long-term vision in a highly competitive space.

    Cons

    Need to continue the focus on diverse hiring and pay equity.

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for remote work to align with the way we're changing work.