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Updated December 15, 2017
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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1965 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 1686 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1099 reviews)

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

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  1. "Audit"

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

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

    Pros

    Great company that's re-inventing itself, so great energy...super smart people, better benefits than most companies (used to be better years ago), reasonable pay, great local presence and focus on community.

    Cons

    Small fish in a huge pond...huge. Majorly huge company that you can get lost in and difficult at times to feel that you are making an impact.

    Advice to Management

    Live and exhibit the culture wanted. the company makes so much money, think about sharing more with the most valuable assets at the company...employees.


  2. Helpful (15)

    "Great Company with excellent benefits"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Change to work on emerging technologies
    Fantastic Benefits
    Most employees welcome collaboration
    CEO has reinvigorated the company

    Cons

    Older staff are laid off more frequently
    Layoffs seems to be the new norm around quarterly earnings announcement
    Revenue and profit is strong, yet layoffs persist for seemingly little business reason. A person is laid off, the job title changed and then a younger person is hired to replace them.

    Advice to Management

    Satya - you are a great business leader with great intuition on how to transform a company and their strategy. However, your new normal of layoffs is destroying morale after you inspired them with the new company direction. You said your son and wife instilled in you a level of empathy you did not have before. Unfortunately, you are not demonstrating this empathy by laying off thousands and hiring inexperienced college grads to replace season employees that have a history of accomplishment and success.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Place for Growth and Impact, Culture Still Needs Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Manager and entire team was dedicated towards nurturing employees, very open and helpful. Team was enthusiastic about making impacts and doing the right things.

    Cons

    Culture and initiatives were often bottoms-up, leading to the loudest voices getting the most resources. Focus on customers was less developed, and there was much more incentive to get new features out than to investigate bugs and improvements in user experience.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on current features with a better experience. Software in production can be buggy.


  4. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, great culture, interesting work

    Cons

    Big company, easy to get lost. Constant re-orgs.


  5. "Software Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work with!

    Cons

    Work life balance is too good.


  6. "Good place"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great team. Flexible hours. Fantastic health insurance/benefits.

    Cons

    Depending on where you live, commuting can be a pain. Purchase orders process very slowly.


  7. "Senior SDE"

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    Current Employee - Senior in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Good old place with lots of benefits

    Cons

    Not much compensation to offer

  8. "Retail review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consumer Service Advisor
    Current Employee - Consumer Service Advisor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great, pay has been good in terms of working in retail.

    Cons

    Retail leadership is not great, it fluctuates. Retail Leadership keeps trying to cut benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your frontline workers and distribute bonuses evenly amongst the team.


  9. "Principal Software Eng Mgr"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexibility
    ubiquitous tech
    great philanthropy
    smart people
    large impact(global)
    solid promo trajectory

    Cons

    politics at times
    too many higher ups(execs)

    Advice to Management

    create better cross group


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best Employee Friendly Company I have ever seen,good perks, good food , good work culture
    good cocurricular facilities.
    Company is transforming by adopting cutting edge technologies . Research and innovation wing under new leadership has been able to re energise staff . Exciting things are happening at this department . Great penchant for innovation

    Cons

    Should improve hiring process . Its very slow and time taking process . Time lines for hiring is generally more than 8 months which is very tedious and time consuming . Overall coordination with many departments is slow and issues that need faster resolution doesn’t happen overnight . Finance and travel department needs strong restructuring . Any issues addressed to these departments doesn’t get resolved quickly

    Advice to Management

    1. Some of the managers are pathetic. It's miserable to work under these guys.
    2. Too much process
    3. Inter-team communication is terrible
    4. Please learn how from research and innovation wing led by Satish C has been able to ring in positive changes . He is one of most widely accepted leaders in Organisation with positive outlook . His enhanced greater role in the new setup could bring in significant changes on how we portray Microsoft while adopting digital transformation


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