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Updated February 7, 2018
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  • Certain groups can have poor work-life balance (in 1124 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome Benefits"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, challenge and empowerment. Great Benefits and stable company

    Cons

    Positions are not stable, there are annual restructuring efforts continuously.

    Advice to Management

    Tools need improvements


  2. "Be careful"

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    Former Employee - Retail Learning Specialist in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Retail Learning Specialist in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generous benefits, drinks and food in the breakroom

    Cons

    No Advancement despite statements to the contrary

    Advice to Management

    You have to take care of your people and know them. When you live in the office, you don't know your people/

  3. "Great Company, Renewed Vision"

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    Current Employee - Community Development Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Community Development Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love the benefits here. In addition to the standard dental, health, 401K; also little perks like Stay Fit reimbursements (on gym memberships, workout gear, etc), tuition reimbursement, and even adoption fees. Great CEO, he has completely done an overhaul and started to shift the culture and mission in a huge way.

    Cons

    The largest downside is that receiving internal job transfers/promotions is exceedingly more challenging than I would have ever imagined. Also, pay increases are very low each year, and in my role, the bonuses are insignificant.

    Advice to Management

    Please try your best to value and invest in current employees, so they don't become jaded. People are the single greatest commodity of an organization and often it feels like we are disposable when we give our all.


  4. "Solution Sales Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Sales Specialist
    Current Employee - Solutions Sales Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Overall decent compensation and benefits. Great place if you're looking for a stable career.

    Cons

    Accelerated career growth is very limited. No culture.


  5. "L&D Specialist"

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    Former Employee - L&D Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - L&D Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing work environment
    Salary & Benefits

    Cons

    No cons. You get out 5x as much as you put in.


  6. "Account Specialiat at Bing Ads"

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    Former Contractor - Account Specialist (SEM, Bing Ads) in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Account Specialist (SEM, Bing Ads) in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are some incredibly intelligent and talented professionals here

    Cons

    1. Lack of Mature Communication
    Communication is a one-way street. You'll be talked down to daily because you're not a real Microsoft employee. But the worst was when emotions got out of control. Imagine accidentally catching someone doing something they weren't supposed to, followed by a tense and defensive discussion. Now try asking for PTO, informing management that a Macros report isn't working, or even just asking a clarifying question. It's awkward when uncontrolled emotions is the norm.

    2. No real skills to gain: Mostly copying and pasting data into Excel Macros, sending system-generated reports, or making basic account changes. A high-schooler could do this job. Don't be fooled thinking the company name "Microsoft" will carry you forward in your career. Don't hold your breath for a promotion with high-school-level skills either.


  7. "Sales professional"

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    Current Employee - Principal Solutions Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Principal Solutions Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging role. Good pay. Great customers and experience. Good resources to apply in every sales opportunity. Opportunity to help customers with their digital transformation.

    Cons

    Politics. Favoritism. upper management plays favorites. Sometimes quota is set by gut feel and not very accurate. Great role an individual contributor, but not much opportunity to grow within the role

    Advice to Management

    Be truly fair

  8. "Operations Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are top notch, you will work the brightest and best people who genuinely care are passionate about technology about the work they do.

    Cons

    It's a large company - be prepared to navigate the waters to maximize your individual impact.


  9. "Great Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Community Development Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Community Development Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Supports diversity
    Community/Social Focused Company

    Cons

    Difficult to advance despite hard work
    Still very political regarding promotions
    Difficult to transition from retail to corporate
    If you come from a corporate, professional background, do not work in retail division


  10. "Great company overall. Retail stores need some work."

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    Current Employee - Retail Partner Store Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Retail Partner Store Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary and great benefits
    Giving back to the community is in our blood
    Also opportunities available if you are willing to relocate

    Cons

    Can be a "political" company
    Difficult to find local jobs if you arent in Redmond.
    Hard work can go unnoticed from time to time