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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1944 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 1676 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1089 reviews)

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

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  1. "Microsoft Retail"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consumer Service Advisor in Mesa, AZ
    Current Employee - Consumer Service Advisor in Mesa, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft has great benefits and is overall a great place to work. In my experience, most direct manager are receptive to constructive feedback.

    Cons

    Sometimes work/life balance can be strained. Senior management sometimes seems disconnected from lower levels of operation.

    Advice to Management

    Continue hiring people who care about their jobs and want to make a difference for the company. Step into lower level employee shoes before making major decisions.


  2. "Messaging Field Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Premier Field Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Premier Field Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Knowledgeable Peers, Lots of travel, Yearly team building events.

    Cons

    Review structure lacking and constantly changing. Management claims they promote work/life balance, but critique against peers who do not have any, so you are expected to perform the same.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "50/50 Chance for a good experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director Finance in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Director Finance in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, smart people, exposure to ever changing technology and awareness of what is moving the market

    Cons

    Integrity is not valued. Promotions based on who you know, not what you contributed, what you are skilled at or how you treated your people. At least 50% of the senior leadership are unethical and not someone you would want a child to see as a role model. Women and minorities will have to work twice as hard and will not get the same opportunities as their white or Indian counterparts.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house at Director level and above. Look at the people who have left and their reasons why - in many cases you will see a manager or chain of command who should be removed.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Technology Specialist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Optimized Desktop Architect in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Optimized Desktop Architect in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and talented people

    Cons

    They will let you go in a heart beat based on politics or reorg. Won't even let you apply for internal jobs. They are absolutely heartless when it comes to treating people right. I can't count the number of good, talented people who were let go for trivial reasons. I was there for over 12 years until it happened to me too.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that your people are your best asset. Lip service doesn't do it. Treat people right.


  5. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are pretty nice and smart

    Cons

    Not excited of daily work


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Microsoft Retail"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Advisor/Service Administrator in Surprise, AZ
    Former Employee - Service Advisor/Service Administrator in Surprise, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Get to work with new technology

    Cons

    Management is the worse I've never experienced such a degrading environment as I experienced at this store. Management seems to think they have to break you down and they never build you up.

    Advice to Management

    Hire Manager's that know how to manage people, and understand technology - not numbers


  7. "sales"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    great company and benefits great schedules

    Cons

    none to speak of great company

  8. "The right group and manager will make or break you."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid pay, flexible schedule, strong benefits and dedicated colleagues.

    Cons

    Subjective recognition, ranking and reward process. Move up or move out in order to sustain your career. Your success is based on the group you are in protecting you and not a reflection of your performance.

    Advice to Management

    Peel the onion to get to the truth. Question the facts with award submissions and go to the submitter not the manager. Clean up numerous sales resources calling on the same customer and partner.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Product Advisor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Advisor in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Product Advisor in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay.
    Great Coworkers.
    Different work everyday

    Cons

    Bureaucracy
    Micro-Management
    High Sales Goals
    Constant stress to achieve outlandish goals
    No appreciation for effort

    Advice to Management

    Dont micro-manage so much


  10. "Retail sales"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Scottsdale, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible, great to work while you are in college, great to have Microsoft experience

    Cons

    working retail hours and weekends/holidays


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