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Updated October 9, 2018
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  • "Certain groups can have poor work-life balance" (in 1175 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "I couldn’t imagine a better company to be a part of"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Sterling, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing salary and benefits, honestly top notch. There may be some competitors who pay more in comparison but most employees with competitors are miserable and dying for a good culture. Culture at Microsoft is amazing and extremely important. Everyone is very collaborative and they want to help you succeed for the most part. The opportunity once you enter Microsoft is honestly endless. You can make about as much money as you can possibly imagine, and do any job you’ve ever really wanted to do. You can also move almost anywhere you want to move. Most roles have a ton of opportunity to work remote, which is my favorite part. I accomplish so much from home, and without the travel time on a daily basis I finish more than I normally would. Work life balance is great and an emphasis- they encourage you to enjoy your time with your family. Ultimately that’s up to you if you can separate the two.

    Cons

    Lack of training. Even when provided with training events, seems the facilitators or the training material is way over your head at that point in Microsoft. Once you gain a better understanding of your role, that naturally comes with time, you’ll really wish someone would’ve explained everything to you like you were 5 years old from the get go. It seems they try to go level 500 immediately rather than giving overviews, and this goes for a lot of different initiatives throughout the company. Rather than trying to sound extremely smart with 30 slides with 500 words or more per slide, get to the point and speak in simple terms that we will understand and can portray to our customers.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent, the transparency is there if you ask for it. But if you are just starting, there are a lot of questions you don’t know to ask. As soon as you ask, a lot will be revealed to you. If you never ask, good luck guessing at what you need to do in order to be a rockstar at your role.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "UX Consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    Travel a lot, working with many different industries across various industries

    Cons

    Terrible internal politics, more resistance internally with Microsoft-own internal teams than externally with customers

    Advice to Management

    Solve the internal blaming game culture in Services and focus on result and outcome, instead of repeating Victim, Rescuer, Persecutor Karpman drama triangle and ignored customer outcome

  3. Helpful (4)

    "No longer a good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Obviously, its the center of the world for Microsoft technology.

    Cons

    Management quality varies widely from team to team. Ranges from good leaders to criminally abusive managers.

    Advice to Management

    Try treating people like people instead of like nameless numbers in a spreadsheet.


  4. "Awesome place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Cloud Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Cloud Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, good leadership, and great focus on customer, technology, and community. I enjoy being part of the leading edge and solving complex issues.

    Cons

    So many technologies makes it difficult to go deep into the well of knowledge.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "No longer customer obsessed."

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    Current Employee - Business Sales Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Sales Specialist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay! Amazing benefits! Microsoft on your resume.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Systems are still an inconvenience and many of the support channels do not understand what you have to do so there is always a back and forth.

    Advice to Management

    5 years ago the policy was take care of your customer. Quit trying to be apple and only care about selling. Your customer obsession is what sets you apart.


  6. "Dba"

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    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Herndon, VA

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good teammate and interesting work place for professionals
    Inspires for everyone

    Cons

    Good to get experience . I like it.

    Advice to Management

    Give good trainings to brand new employees


  7. "Great technology employer to work for"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chevy Chase, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chevy Chase, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft provides excellent opportunities for professionals who value the ability to work independently and take on challenging work.

    Cons

    Microsoft is not the place for underachievers or someone who doesn't want to put forth their best effort.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. If anything, more opportunities to meet up with our colleagues face to face at conferences or offsites would be well worth the cost.

  8. "Datacenter Logistic Technician"

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    Current Contractor - Datacenter Logistic Technician in Sterling, VA
    Current Contractor - Datacenter Logistic Technician in Sterling, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Constantly moving and the opportunity to learn EVERYTHING

    Cons

    Hard to apply DIRECT within

    Advice to Management

    stay focus and keep moving FORWARD


  9. Helpful (1)

    "No work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Delivery Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Delivery Project Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    You learn a lot. Great benefits.

    Cons

    I never worked so hard. There is no work life balance


  10. Helpful (1)

    "#1 Comapny for Innovation"

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

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

    Pros

    *Innovative CEO and changing culture towards growth mindset
    *Competitive pay and job security
    *Smart people make a big difference
    *Tech is cutting edge and pushing envelop of what computing is

    Cons

    *Old culture still lingering and holding back growth
    *Bureaucracy is stifling and value wasting - in 3 years at Microsoft I've seen 3 different executive teams - garbage in/garbage out

    Advice to Management

    Hire entrepreneurs not corporate retreads!


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