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Updated February 15, 2018
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  • Certain groups can have poor work-life balance (in 1120 reviews)

  • Mid level management, review system (in 522 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Solid company, actively working to fix culture issues"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great education and improvement opportunities like tuition reimbursement, paid training time, etc. Strongly encourages growth of all kinds.

    Cons

    Still working to break down some of those famous silos in the company that prevent divisions from working together effectively. Better every day, but a long way to go yet.


  2. "It isn't all it's made out to be."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Flexible hours. Cool work.

    Cons

    The biggest issue for me was their rush to get product out regardless of the quality. It chased a lot of dedicated, big customers away. Now the product they took over is being discontinued. They took a very good product and destroyed it. What a shame.

    Advice to Management

    Put customers and quality first.

  3. "Very good company to work for."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Chevy Chase, MD
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Chevy Chase, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good people, both professionally and on a personal level. Very good benefits.

    Cons

    Work can be hard sometimes. Decisions are not transparent because it's such a large company. Sometimes decision making process is not clear and may seem random.

    Advice to Management

    Manage in smaller teams, provide more mentoring, improve communications between different departments.


  4. "Microsoft Review"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Former Chief Executive Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Former Chief Executive Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The break room was always stocked with tea and splenda sugar, not too bad.

    Cons

    The pay was garbage. I left to work at McDonalds instead.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your representatives better.


  5. "Impressive, innovative company."

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    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with smart, innovative people. Enthusiasm for the company from long term employees is high. People stay for many years and are rewarded for their loyalty.

    Cons

    Very difficult to make an impact as a new employee in a satellite office. Most of the decisions are made in Redmond, so there is little opportunity for growth and innovation. Employees are not sufficiently empowered. This is due in part to the staying power of the long term employees. It leaves little opportunity for professional growth.

    Advice to Management

    Continue on the past of positive innovation put in place by Satya Nadella. He is an inspiring leader. Have confidence in your employees to make smart decisions that are good for the company. Do not micromanage.


  6. "Software developer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I am very satisfy about Microsoft work environment.

    Cons

    it takes more work load at microsoft

    Advice to Management

    ok


  7. "Great street credential"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Technology focused people working together to deliver for the customer.
    Great benefits
    Potential for tremendous responsibility and tremendous achievement
    Access to employee pricing for software - mind blowing savings

    Cons

    Time off is a promise almost never kept despite generous earned time off
    Work life balance only exists during onboarding discussion
    Relationship with your manager will make or break your time with Microsoft
    At the end of the day, all of the promise of open minds is more of a promise - bias is well entrenched and even CEO can't break that plaque off those teeth

    Advice to Management

    Walk your talk
    Listen to employees who leave and really take in what they say
    Self critique more and be aware of your unconscious biases - stop projecting them.

  8. "Practice Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Autonomy, Culture, Benefits, Opportunities, Market Leader, Breadth of Solutions, CEO's Leadership

    Cons

    Budgets not solutions drive sales motion

    Advice to Management

    Simply processess


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great company if you're great, good if good, poor if less"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great pay and benefits, hard to find anything close.
    -Ability to work on exciting projects if you're talented enough.
    -Lateral movement from Jr to Sr is great.

    Cons

    -Company vision changes frequently, currently lots of risk of "reduction in force" due to cloud initiatives
    -Poor performers aren't given much opportunity to improve, attrition routinely forced.
    -Current senior management for me is lacking
    -Sr to Principal is a tough move, and also a great flag for attrition if you can't keep up.

    Advice to Management

    -Focus more on employees, speak up when things don't make sense


  10. "Consultant Review in Enterprise Services"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competition and benefits are competitive

    Cons

    Layers of Management have increased
    Processes impede agile behavior

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the layers of management and how they can help vs impede their reports


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