Microsoft Reviews | Glassdoor

Microsoft Reviews

Updated April 22, 2017
15,020 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-time Part-time

15,020 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date

Pros
Cons
  • work life balance is a bit of an issue (in 987 reviews)

  • Review system was not the greatest (in 510 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Somewhat better than most"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consumer Product Advisor in Wayne, NJ
    Current Employee - Consumer Product Advisor in Wayne, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits and health packages
    Partner discounts
    Travel for work. Training now often in the main campus in Redmond.
    Meet real influences to the consumer products channel
    Insanely good tuition reimbursement - so long as you are in an approved field
    Flexible retail schedule
    Paid time off accumulates very quickly
    Quarterly bonus paid based off store performance

    Cons

    Sales role not commission based
    Low pay for area, it is not matching to competitors or the standards employees are held to
    Absolute pittance of a yearly raise, does not keep with COL increases in most retail roles
    Quarterly bonus can be jeopardized based off other department's performance
    It's retail, yet treated as though it is a corporate role
    Sales expected to triage for techs with none of the protections or rewards offered to techs
    Detached and uncaring store management
    Never enough staff, yet refuse to promote/hire to fill gaps
    Will outright announce how there are no plans/availability for upward mobility within the location.

    Advice to Management

    Stop actively demoralizing employees who clearly want to move up in the company
    Staff! You can hire people! Fill roles to make your own lives easier, if anything.
    Company culture can be Stepford-y at best. Admit faults, move on.
    Monthly meetings, really? Send it in an email, not everythign needs a three-hour sit-down.
    Separate departments dependency on each other for bonuses.
    If sales numbers and percentages matter that much, switch compensation model to commission so that there is a gain to the employee as well.


  2. "Recruiting is a 'black hole.'"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    As an FTE, the benefits were great. The people you get to work with are great. The projects you get to work on are impactful and interesting.

    Cons

    Since the 2008 layoffs, which had nothing to do with performance, I receive no callbacks when submitting resumes for positions I am qualified for. Changes to the vendor policies have made it difficult to make a stable living at Microsoft. People don't feel as if their performance will increase their chance of keeping their job.

    Advice to Management

    Former FTEs who were let go for non-performance reasons should be given priority in hiring. The severance packages were generous, but employees are constantly looking over their shoulders worrying about when they will be let go. This isn't a good way to develop loyal, happy, productive employees. It's unfortunate that experienced (often middle-aged) employees are shunned in favor of recent graduates (often on H1B).


  3. Helpful (1)

    "15 year run"

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to begin career

    Cons

    Not a great place to grow unless you are at HQ Redmond, and even then, hyper hyper competitive and people steal/take credit from one another. Very poor cross-teaming culture.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to distribute management and take advantage of great talent living everywhere other than Redmond/Seattle


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. "Good Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Operations Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There is a lot of rigor around projects now.
    Benefits are great.

    Cons

    Forced into moving to new position after 3 years criticizing you for things not in your commitments.

    Advice to Management

    When the job changes frequently, improve evaluation process.


  6. "Ballmer was a Headache"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Design Engineer (SDE) in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Design Engineer (SDE) in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great teams and people.
    There were some orgs that had more politics than others.
    People are open to discussion and culture is pretty good.

    Cons

    If you're passionate and talented, you might very likely be over used and over worked to the point of work out (my lead drove me out).

    Advice to Management

    The reason 10x-ers leave is too much grunt work put on them. Dig through people's productivity to drive out those that are milking their jobs and covering their lack of work with fake and bloated work items.


  7. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is a dream to work for. Good pay and excellent benefits. Great team members and management is almost consistently great.

    Cons

    Usually a small work space for technicians to work in, although they provide all the tools you can need and more. Customer base varies from state demographic, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Please listen a little closer on what employees future goals are, and instead of in one ear out the other, help us proactive on advancing with this amazing company.


  8. "Microsoft Retail Community Team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Captain in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Community Captain in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, culture, brand, education, and team environment.

    Cons

    Difficult to advance or move internally. Prefer external hires


  9. "It is like working in the NFL, always having to stay at the top of your game or be either benched or replaced"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The brand name, Compensation, Benefits

    Cons

    Silos, Lack of advancement, Compensation structure promotes unhealthy competition instead of collaboration and team achievements

    Advice to Management

    Listen!


  10. "Great benefits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Best in the industry, sharing encouraged.

    Cons

    idiots didn't understand how good they had it and demanded change


  11. "First seven years were great. Last several years were toxic."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Group Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Group Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stock awards were good. Good professional training classes. Met some really smart colleagues in the time at Msft. Developed processes.

    Cons

    Too many hours worked. Perf reviews were a joke - so political and unfair. Leadership messaged too much integrity to get promoted - it was terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more women!



Showing 15,020 of 16,547 reviews
Reset Filters