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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1917 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 1667 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1078 reviews)

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

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  1. "Good Place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits and Flexiable Schedule

    Cons

    Management is not to great at leadership


  2. Helpful (1)

    "EPG Alliance Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Founder and Chief Executive Officer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Founder and Chief Executive Officer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great compensation, great learning environment, lots of support.

    Cons

    Highly political, low work life balance, annual performance stack ranking, constant changes in management, goals and reorganization. Massive on going CPE required. Constant travel, work over weekends and holidays.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the old days of hiring innovative highly motivated people, empower them and have performance based on teamwork.

  3. "Excellent new company culture"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Present Talent Acquisition Specialist in Portland, OR
    Current Contractor - Present Talent Acquisition Specialist in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employees are excited that Microsft has embraced "growth mindset" and a new focus on the cloud.

    Cons

    Working out issues for newly created roles

    Advice to Management

    Satya is doing an amazing job- he is a great CEO


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Company used to be great, everything has changed"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Services Advisor in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Services Advisor in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great wage for very little responsibility. Great benefits, pays for parking, and really teaches you skills to use in a real IT role.

    Cons

    Culture has moved to a sell first mindset, and you'll be pushed to make sales quotas, even if you weren't hired to do that. Management has no idea what they are doing, cronyism is ripe.

    Advice to Management

    Look at who is doing the best job, not that kid you used to work at best buy with when it comes to promotions. Don't just see the forest for the trees.


  5. "Writer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Writer in Portland, OR
    Former Contractor - Writer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great boss, clear job parameters, very interesting subject matter.

    Cons

    Close-ended contract. Too much time between contracts. Would prefer more open-ended full-time work or direct hire.

    Advice to Management

    Consider hiring writers to provide more original content across all verticals.


  6. "Recruiting"

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

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

    Pros

    -Career development opportunities- diversify skill sets in HR and recruiting
    -Access to mentors and leaders
    -Benefits
    -Flexibility- Management cares more about the quality and results of your work than when/where you do it
    -Global Citizen- very generous in giving globally and promoting opportunities to do this internally

    Cons

    -You really must ask for help to get it
    -I had one bad management experience
    -Trying to do more with less employees- seem to be following recruiting industry trend

    Advice to Management

    See Cons


  7. Helpful (1)

    "ehhh it was ok."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Advisor in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Product Advisor in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, Fellow co-workers, get to play xbone for "sells", 1 hr lunches, stocked break room with all the junk food your and imagine.

    Cons

    Store management and above. The infrastructure of this place is build by 5 year olds and then they bring in ex Best Buy leaders...Look at what they did to Best Buy. Destined to fail from the start.

    Advice to Management

    Actually give two craps about your employees if you want solid work from them.

  8. "Consumer Service Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Consumer Service Advisor in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Consumer Service Advisor in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Nice people. Microsoft retail loads FTE up with bonus opportunities and even occasional MS products. Where some companies fail is Human Resources, Job Resources, and a communication stream to management; Microsoft does not have these problems.

    The Service Advisor role is slightly privileged, people will trust your training and expertise, you may even be invited to travel to special events.

    Cons

    MS Retail is in it's infancy. Every 2 months you will face a dramatic change to how your job is measured and how a situation is handled. You will probably face high-turnover as many positions are judged harshly by these ever-changing metrics and lack of accountability on the highest of management.

    No opportunity to shine or show your skill. Even the most devoted softies will never be given a chance to show how much they care. The daily duties are so hardwired that you will essentially feel like you work as a janitor or grill cook -- while company-wide communications will praise you and send vague encouragement.

    The only way to grow is to earn the attention of people above and beyond your direct(store) manager, and get them to encourage your career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Be more than a gatekeeper. Learn to be passionate, or at least learn how to carry the passion of your subordinates to the appropriate people. Don't let good(excellent!) employees become bored or unchallenged. You represent a small piece of an amazing company and have the power to push talent into more appropriate positions.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Assistant Store Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Was the best company I've ever worked for until the culture changed. Over the past 24 months, there's been a gradual decrease in values that the company stands behind.
    Anywhere else than this market, I'm sure, is still great.
    Still had great benefits.
    Decent pay.

    Cons

    Will not do proper HR investigations.
    Breaks/meal breaks policies are not adhered to.
    High employee turnover due to company culture shifts.
    Not a great work/life balance.
    Little opportunity for career advancement.
    For being at the forefront of technology, employee systems (POS, employee machines) are embarrassing.
    No support from upper management.
    Supposedly, there is an open door policy.
    Quick to judge, no positive intent.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to the culture you started with. There is far too much hypocrisy and now feels like a terrible place to work due to current store and market managers' treatment of employees. Reassess the people in place and interview as many team members as you can to get a real temperature check of your stores. I'm not talking about the yearly poll either, audit your management from the viewpoint of PA's and ASM's - you are losing great people left and right due to ignorance and poor judgement.


  10. "Senior Consultant"

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Incredible opportunities for personal growth. Excellent access to learning resources. Best medical and dental plan in the industry. Early access to new technologies.

    Cons

    None I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep growing business and do not worry about what outsiders say.


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