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Updated November 21, 2017
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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1947 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 1682 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1093 reviews)

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

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  1. "Sales Development Specialist"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fargo, ND
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fargo, ND
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and benefits.

    Cons

    Not the best place to be if you want to stand out.


  2. "Internship"

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

    Pros

    Great learning environment, electric knowledge surrounding the employees, learned a ton

    Cons

    Long hours, tough projects, harsh management

  3. "network engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    leading technology, cutting edge technology

    Cons

    poor leadership, politics, out of work relations are important to grow


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Office org provides great work-life balance with technical and political challenges"

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

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

    Pros

    Can't beat the work life balance with a low stress environment, high brand recognition, product audience means your work can have impact (if you can fight the technical and political challenges to make meaningful progress)

    Cons

    Deep hierarchy with not much variation in promotion velocity (people get awarded titles for tenure length), employees tend to ignore emails from junior employees without impressive titles, very political, high complacency, a lot of apathy and "rest and vest"ers

    Advice to Management

    Fire poor performers, don't let them hang around for decades doing minimal work accumulating high titles solely based upon tenure length and then abusing those titles to force poor decisions on aspiring up-and-comers who get tend to get demoralized.


  5. "Hi tech company with old school managers in business"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome company to work with. This is a technology organization at its peak doing wonders for mankind, both in areas of charity and business.

    Cons

    A good company with some rotten managers. Most of them are typical old school managers and don't look for new talent

    Advice to Management

    Allow a specific timeline for newcomers to settle down before you ask to sack them.


  6. "Great company, terrible work-life balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director
    Former Employee - Senior Director
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Really Cool world-changing products and technology
    Exciting dynamic environment
    Outstanding benefits

    Cons

    Employee evaluation process fosters unhealthy internal competition at the expense of cooperation.
    Hard to keep a healthy work-life balance. Culture of long, long working hours as a 'badge of honour'.
    Pay is NOT great once you divide by #hours worked...

    Advice to Management

    Make respecting work life balance an active priority, not a lip - service platitude.


  7. "Still plagued by normal retail pitfalls"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Newark, DE
    Former Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Newark, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large company provides stability. Benefits were decent. Pay was alright.

    Cons

    Management had no oversight, Poor approach to feedback where they silence any suggestions due to "being negative" corporate wide.

    Advice to Management

    Try to break from standard retail pitfalls. Value negative feedback as much as positive feedback and understand it has a place.

  8. "business analyst"

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    very good place to work

    Cons

    I think everything was perfect


  9. "Great place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Solutions Professional in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Technical Solutions Professional in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, smartest minds in the world.

    Cons

    Change is constant and I’ve had 10 managers in 9 years.


  10. "Great work, fine location"

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

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance
    Great challenges at work

    Cons

    Location - not as many options to switch company without switching the location


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