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Updated September 30, 2017
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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. "Practice Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Autonomy, Culture, Benefits, Opportunities, Market Leader, Breadth of Solutions, CEO's Leadership

    Cons

    Budgets not solutions drive sales motion

    Advice to Management

    Simply processess


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Still evaluating Microsoft"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Licensing Executive in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Licensing Executive in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good and I have flexibility to work from home. Also the maternity and paternity leave is excellent (keep in mind this means your bonus is prorated)

    Cons

    Low compensation, lack of diversity, performance system is not clear because "impact" is subjective and the ability for advancement is limited

    Advice to Management

    Diversity doesn't mean hiring a lot of women, please also consider background and age. Take chances on people and promote them instead of making people jump through hoops. If a position is a L63 and a L62 applies for it and you make an offer it should be awarded as a L62 because if the person was external you would give them the benefit of the L63. There is a lack of transparency and too many games being played with people's careers and livelihood....no one wants to play Russian Roulette with their career

  3. "Solution Sales Professional"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility - remote work.
    Good to great salary
    Great health care
    Great benefits
    Dynamic and solid company

    Cons

    High pressure culture.
    Experienced age based, and gender based bias continually.
    Microsoft shifts strategy each year - which really only gives it 9 months to execute. This means basically annual re-organizations, and poorly executed strategy is baked into the day-to-day. Change can be a very good thing, constant change creates constant instability.

    Advice to Management

    Think about a 2 year strategy cycle, rather than an annual one.


  4. "Sr. Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love the technology, flexible timings, tons of opportunities

    Cons

    abundant resources, can be overwhelming


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Solutions Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Specialist in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Solutions Specialist in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation and Benefits Package
    Travel & Reimbursement Opportunities
    Flexibility & Freedom
    Remote/Telework/Home Office Work Culture

    Cons

    Middle Management, Poor Leadership
    A lack of Inclusion
    Lack of Training and Development
    Resource Management
    A Lack of Structure

    Advice to Management

    Invest in proper leadership training and learn to develop and support your directs.


  6. "Sr. technical Support Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None---- Their software crashes more than cars because they lack Quality Assurance

    Cons

    They put out software before it is ready .... So it crashes.

    Advice to Management

    Get a quality assurance team and put out releases when they are ready.... Not on your schedule.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Run screaming away from any Services Job"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent, lots of new tech to learn all the time? Brand recognition.

    Cons

    Leadership is completely incompetent in services. They are changing constantly, creating havoc, and appear completely deaf to the issues they create. Their internal Poll system that measures happiness seems potentially fake, as the results continue to be way higher than the sentiment. If you see Services in the job title or management chain, get far, far away. Anand has ruined the organization and continues to drive it into the ground.

    Benefits shrink almost every year, and things as simple as getting a new pc now takes 3 years. They only follow, never lead, and love process and policy, I mean love it. Whoever mentioned it's only a great place for lawyers is dead on.

    Advice to Management

    If you claim to be customer focused, then actually focus on customers. Take a page from all of the smaller more nimble companies and actually remove the restrictions of process to let people do their jobs. Making everything a one size fits all, worldwide approach has destroyed direct interaction.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Microsoft Review"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Growth, Worklife, Learning, Activities

    Cons

    Experienced people from industry take time to mix

    Advice to Management

    Regional management is weak, and do not appreciate the value brought into Microsoft by senior executives from outside


  9. "Fun place to work, nice culture"

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    Former Employee - Content Publisher II in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Content Publisher II in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Very competitive salary
    * Nice benefits and perks
    * You are very mobile in your career
    * Relatively open to relocation
    * Certain managers are very proactive about work/life balance

    Cons

    * Sometimes collaboration (especially with int'l teams) gets in the way of work
    * Teams within the same division aren't always on the same page
    * It's easy for people to get away with not doing their job and force you to pick up their slack

    Advice to Management

    Be more communicative about work/life balance. Microsoft as a company is very understanding and proactive, but it's easy for individuals on a team to forget that.

    Stop worrying about improving "culture" and "social perceptions" of Microsoft and start focusing on how to get consumers (especially Millenials) to understand that Microsoft is creating the best everyday tools and products out there.


  10. "Slow to change"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Solutions Professional in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Technology Solutions Professional in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good culture, great teamwork

    Cons

    Technical conversations down in the weeds, no solution or value selling. Little training. Very email centric culture, slow to adopt new technology.

    Advice to Management

    Customers blame you for every problem they have with their computers. Help proven talent move laterally in the company for new opportunities.


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