Microsoft Reviews

Updated Jun 5, 2020

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  1. "Awesome place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - High impact - Great work-life balance - A lot of autonomy - Great people - Modern tech stack

    Cons

    - Can be bureaucratic - Some project come from top down

    Microsoft2020-06-05
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    "Thoughts after 10 years...."

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    1. If you love tech, this is a great place. No doubt you'll talk tech (mostly the MSFT stack) from enterprise to consumer - from PCs to phones to Xboxes - from datacenter to desktop. 2. What were GREAT benefits are now VERY GOOD (took a small step down) but still probably better than you'll find at 99% of large corporations. If you've got family - the value of the benefits is even higher. 401k match is nice. 3. Even with it's struggles MSFT is still a cash printing machine. This means if you can keep your nose clean and do reasonable work, you can have a stable job, pay your bills, feed your family, and not worry (too much) about layoffs. The stock you own likely won't tank, but probably won't go up much either. You'll get a bonus each year and some stock. It's a decent life if you aren't looking to light the world on fire.

    Cons

    Brand on Your Resume: After many years of losing market share and struggling to be at the front end of innovation and the fact that there's 90,000 employees, don't think MSFT is necessarily going to be attractive on your resume to more agile and smaller companies. Managing Your Career: Make you say this out loud so it registers - 90,000 employees work there. Double that for vendors. It is VERY hard to "stand out" and move up in the company. Don't expect your manager to be much of an advocate or enabler to help you meet your career goals - they are basically trying to survive the stack rank every year too. Not familiar with the stack rank? Check out the 2012 Vanity Fair article called "Microsoft's Lost Decade".

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    Microsoft2013-01-29
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    "Excellent"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Manager IT Quality and Process Improvement in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    the technology available and teams are nice people in general

    Cons

    politics sometimes the people that have been there a long time drive the new people out to maintain their financial standing

    Microsoft2020-05-30
  4. "Great company"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Humacao, PR

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    benefits, growth opportunities, salary, management

    Cons

    nothing bad to say about the company

    Microsoft2020-06-04
  5. "The Disney World of the Work Force"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Full Time 
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Microsoft is the best company on the face of the planet, hands down. You can really feel the energy and excellence of this company reflected in your life and work here. I love it here, they take good care of us and work life balance is totally achievable (depending on your role and seniority of course). Your career is in your own hands and there's no excuse not to grow and develop your interests and passions here. It feels like one massive company comprised of 50 different smaller companies. You can have 5 careers in one company, it's truly amazing. The technology is world-class, constantly evolving, and in high demand. There is so much to learn and do here. I am so lucky to work at Microsoft :)

    Cons

    I would advise management to stop thinking of a 100 ways to push admin work and checkbox tasks to their reports, and work harder to stimulate creativity, deep thought, and energy on your teams. Please push more technical folks into management even if the org is not purely technical in nature.

    Microsoft2020-06-04
  6. "Great Place"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Premier Field Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    life work balance is great, as the managers are always stating to make sure you have a social life and to also make sure you personal life is taken cared of.

    Cons

    workload during day can be a little heavy, and customers can sometimes be little difficult to work with.

    Microsoft2020-06-02
  7. "Perfect place"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Escalation Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great place, lots of opportunities

    Cons

    None that I could think of.