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Updated October 16, 2017
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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1907 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 1665 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1071 reviews)

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

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  1. "Product Advisor"

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

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

    Pros

    Top tier benefits and Microsoft is a company that really invests in its people

    Cons

    I work on the retail side and it can be difficult to move up and/or transition to "Big Microsoft".

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your front line employees that are dealing with customers on a daily basis


  2. "SLM"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Senior Service Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Service Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for in Redmond

    Cons

    Big company to work for in Redmond

    Advice to Management

    More transparency on all activities going on within the organization.

  3. "Working as senior software engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    Low pay scale, political culture in some teams

    Advice to Management

    The initiative "new Microsoft" is far from complete


  4. "Intern"

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

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern

    Pros

    Good benefits, respected name in industry. Great coworkers.

    Cons

    Compensation can be a bit better.


  5. "Good deal!"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and solid work/life balance.

    Cons

    Politically charged climate. Too large.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees.


  6. "Microsoft Retail"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Oklahoma City, OK
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Inclusive and open minded workplace with good benefits.

    Cons

    Microsoft Retail is still new compared to corporate and it is immediately noticeable in the lack of communication at times and constant unnecessary road blocks when just trying to work.

    Advice to Management

    Re-work the systems to be more user friendly to your staff as well as consolidation. In certain retail areas there are 4 or 5 places to find the same type on information and these are never the same, so you might have to check all 4 or 5 areas to find one answer to one question.


  7. "IT Management Consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    Very nice work atmosphere. Friendly, professional coworkers.

    Cons

    Not much planning done prior to start of work. Even though many processes were agile, not too many people really knew how to manage or work in an agile environment.

    Advice to Management

    Insist that staff really follow an agile process.

  8. "Thoughts after 18 years"

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

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

    Pros

    - Great technology company. With Satya at the helm seems poised to do great things.
    - Benefits are still good,
    - Loved the flexibility that I had in my various roles to have work/life balance (wasn't always the case but I learned and my management supported it)

    Cons

    - Company still slow to respond to consumers - need to be able to react faster to customers wants/demands
    - Still too many processes/procedures to get things done - we talk about doing things faster/better but we add in another system which slows things down
    - Review system still has issues - in spite of "bell curve" being replaced
    - Still have tendency to hire people who don't want to manage a team

    Advice to Management

    - Hire people who want to manage a team, give them training and support
    - Change stock vesting schedule - seems unfair to have earned a bonus but then have to wait 5 years to get it all


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Go-to Market Manager"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Go-to Market Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Go-to Market Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Outstanding Executive Leadership Culture #HitRefresh and Growth Mindset are affectively executed at that level. Dynamic and full of opportunities to grow in knowledge, accountabilities and career.

    Cons

    Corporate politics from previous Eras are still around. Some mid-management (Directors and Group Managers) has difficulties dealing with change and effective transformation. Poor emotional intelligence. Sharing information, opportunities with your peers to grow great ideas is not in everyone's agenda. Non health competition may be an obstacle to execute great ideas and make things happen.

    Advice to Management

    Emotional Intelligence, authentic grow mindset, Directors and Group Managers across Operations, Sales, Marketing to eliminate corporate politics. Promote healthy networking and cross-group collaboration.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Service Engineer"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    Hierarchical, too much instability with reorgs etc.

    Advice to Management

    Put leaders, not technical experts into management roles.


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