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Updated November 27, 2017
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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. "MS Review"

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company, good people and gold star benefits.

    Cons

    Very large company requires navigation


  2. "Factory Repair Manager"

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    Former Employee - Factory Repair Manager in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Factory Repair Manager in Wilsonville, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great salary, benefits, and culture

    Cons

    There were times when it was harder than it should be to find the right owner for decisions regarding processes that crossed organizational boundaries. There was also many times where decisions were made that impacted my specific job and/or area of the company that didn't seem logical or make good business sense.

    Advice to Management

    Adjust the organizational structure to improve focus and accountability in each business segment and be wary of corporate policies and processes that artificially create unnecessary operational inefficiencies and costs.

  3. "Good Place to work"

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    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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "EPG Alliance Manager"

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    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.


  5. "Excellent new company culture"

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    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


  6. "Mechanical Engineer Product Development"

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    Former Contractor - Mechanical Engineering Contractor in Deer Island, OR
    Former Contractor - Mechanical Engineering Contractor in Deer Island, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    I'm sure opinions vary with roles but working as an engineer designing parts is fun anywhere. At Microsoft the resources available to the creative types are terrific in both the virtual and physical design realms.

    Cons

    Its a huge organization and though budget is infinite, sometimes so is the red tape. Usual office politics also exists.

    Advice to Management

    Stay home.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Company used to be great, everything has changed"

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    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.

  8. "Writer"

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    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.


  9. "Recruiting"

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    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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "ehhh it was ok."

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    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.


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