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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 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. "Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Intern - Intern in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible work environment that promotes flexibility. The culture is awesome, and people are generally helpful, and want you to be successful. As an intern, I was given responsibility from day one, and was given heaps of autonomy.

    Cons

    Often the work environment is ambiguous and unstructured. This has forced me to adapt to change on a regular basis.

    One negative point is that the office is in North Ryde.

    Advice to Management

    Great place to work as an intern, but greater career mentorship and structure to the program would assist in career development.


  2. "Reasonable company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for advancement in company

    Cons

    High work load and pressure

  3. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Senior Data Analyst in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Contractor - Senior Data Analyst in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture and the world is a very good place to

    Cons

    Politics is too much to do with the work.......good much layers .....


  4. "Good company to start career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company to start career

    Cons

    too many processes and policies


  5. "Premier Field Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Premier Field Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Premier Field Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Warm people
    Good culture
    Learn a lot at the beginning of the role

    Cons

    Compensation and benefits are a bit lacking compared to other tech companies in Australia.
    Too much work and stress. Almost every PFE has this haggard look with dark circles around their eyes. It's no coincidence.
    Need to be a jack of all trades: Deep and wide technical knowledge, soft skills with clients, understanding of the inner workings of the business, able to 'sell' products. Although all these skills are required, once again, the compensation is quite poor.
    Company provided computers are not sufficient for technical work. They are specced way too low.
    PFE Role feels like an afterthought to the rest of the business.
    Not much opportunity for growth internally as the max level of a PFE caps out very low compared to other roles.

    Advice to Management

    You are sitting on a very talented pool of engineers that are growing more and more dissatisfied with their roles. Treat them well or lose them.


  6. "An exciting time to be at MSFT"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, genuinely nice people and a sense that the company is supporting you to succeed. Also, the company has a much more compelling vision & product focus under Nadella.

    Cons

    Some not-amazing staff who are leftovers from the corporate era - do they still fit in? I suspect not. Also, the perks internationally aren't on par with other players e.g. Google, Dropbox. Am hopeful this will be resolved in time.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure people are in the right roles for themselves and the company.
    Bring perks/benefits in line with the leaders in this industry - Microsoft used to be the best place to work. Make it so again!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Contracting at Microsoft"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Talent Specialist in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Talent Specialist in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You work with smart people and it is a fast paced and dynamic environment.

    Cons

    There is a large proportion of contingent staff and you are made to feel less worthy than permanent employees. There was a distinct division between the two and yet often we were doing exactly the same job.

    Advice to Management

    Understand why there is a strategy for high level of contingent staff but explore ways of motivating/retaining them and recognising their work.

  8. "Great company to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work with ... focus on customer and partners and provide right support to employees. Smart people across various teams.

    Cons

    Internal processes can slow things down at times...

    Advice to Management

    Need to have additional support to better align existing pool of resources


  9. "Partner Marketing Manager role"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partner Marketing Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Partner Marketing Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture in a transforming organisaton with a world class CEO. Great pay, good working environment and highly flexible workstyle that strongly supports working from home. Very little internal overt politics and colleauges are generally very reasonable with each other.

    Cons

    Career stagnation - not hiring nearly as rapidly as when I first joined the organisation which means ability to change roles and do something different is far more challenging then 14 years ago. Too much internal focus around metrics instigated by former COO.

    Advice to Management

    Cut down on the amount of internal focus and make the organisation for more customer centric like competitor organisations such as Salesforce or AWS. Remove the multiple layers of metrics and only focus on those that really matter.


  10. "Best company I've ever worked for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Marketing Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Contractor - Marketing Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great leaders, fantastic culture, work anywhere, no set hours, career guidance.

    Cons

    Clutching at straws but it's a very big company and you can sometimes feel lost.

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for thinking of the welfare of your staff.


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