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Updated October 20, 2018
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  • "Certain groups can have poor work-life balance" (in 1175 reviews)

  • "Outdated review system which is anything but fair" (in 526 reviews)

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  1. "A good choice for internship"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Seattle, WA
    Current Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very good work life balance, diverse and inclusive

    Cons

    have to use Windows lol


  2. "Great Culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - MBA Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - MBA Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    >> The culture at Microsoft under Satya's leadership is great and the company is becoming more innovative.
    >> The feedback process is more transparent and the company rewards not only individual performance but one's contribution to the success of others. This encourages more teamwork.
    >> Great benefits (especially healthcare) and work-life balance.

    Cons

    >> It is a very large company so there are still some employees who might be stuck in the world way of thinking under former CEOs. However, I think the company is doing everything to align everyone with the company's culture.

    Advice to Management

    Keep innovating and improving the culture of the company as Microsoft has a great future.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Microsoft Enterprise Sales"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Solution Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Solution Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with large, brand recognizable customers to move services to the cloud. Microsoft often gets a 'first look' for cloud services from Enterprise customers, due to the long history of offering enterprise-grade solutions for corporate customers. Microsoft is for the most part an open and fair place to work.

    Cons

    Engineering disconnect from field sales. Microsoft has had a very engineering-focused culture in the past, and sales is seen/treated as an afterthought or necessary evil. That's beginning to change somewhat, depending on the product/service and division.

    Advice to Management

    Sales managers at Microsoft are buried in numbers/data, and don't take enough time to learn what the sales teams are actually doing day to day in order to increase business.


  4. "Sr. Director, Business Strategy"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director, Business Strategy in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Director, Business Strategy in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and Work Flexibility on how to accomplish goals

    Cons

    Career Path for bigger Jobs.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "13 years, change is slow"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Career movement opportunity, flexibility to wfh sometimes

    Cons

    Duplication of roles, multiple people in diff groups working on the same thing, lack of clarity from upper management, running around in circles to react to requests from CVPs, old school buildings (can’t bring dogs), global CORP roles expectation to work crazy hours

    Advice to Management

    Role clarity, M2 and above needs training on change management, how to create clarity with ICs


  6. "High school internship program"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - High SchoolProgram in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - High SchoolProgram in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Enjoyable experience, company culture is very conducive towards learning and growth

    Cons

    Little control over the team/work you do, little bonding with other HS interns


  7. "Bland and mediocre"

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    Current Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to say you work at Microsoft

    Cons

    Career growth and opportunities are limited

    Advice to Management

    Stop managing out your competent employees and stop fixating on promoting under qualified people.

  8. "A completely new Microsoft culture"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Surrounded by intelligent people
    -Everyone is passionate about the team they are on
    -Advanced and next gen tech
    -Get to work on products that are used by millions

    Cons

    -The culture is not the same across every team
    -Since Microsoft is so big this can lead to issues with red tape


  9. "Review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Small environment, fast paced, constantly producing

    Cons

    small environment, tight lab space

    Advice to Management

    Keep going.


  10. "Title"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sale in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Sale in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than a year)

    Pros

    good communnity, hours are nice, good payment

    Cons

    not much flexibility, less freedom than wanted


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