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Updated October 8, 2017
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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1907 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 1665 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1071 reviews)

  • Review system was not the greatest (in 516 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


  2. "Great street credential"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.

  3. "Great Company, Decent Products"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent brand and company culture

    Cons

    Products and services are now considered 2nd rate. Talent is older and not exactly top-notch.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in college recruiting and promoting young talent into leadership


  4. "Consultant Review in Enterprise Services"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


  5. "Not the same Microsoft"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, awesome products and many very bright people

    Cons

    Becoming more like Amazon (from the reviews of Amazon I have read). Re-Org of services has made it completely dysfunctional. Perpetual rift between services and Product Group. Very week mid-tier management. With shift from conventional software model to Cloud computing, Microsoft is doing very little to help existing employees make the shift and re-tool their skills...opting instead to use it as an opportunity to get rid of more expensive talent for cheap (less experienced) resources. Constantly worried about losing my job even though I have always been a top performer and my customers love me.

    Advice to Management

    Consider your direct reports your customer and not just a piece of meat. They are people too with lives that are greatly affected (positive or negative) by your actions. Eliminate the stack ranking...in today's world of everyone being touchy feely...it is cruel and unusual punishment. Stop the forced diversity and focus on hiring the right person for the job. Quit forcing your political views on me.


  6. "Services Sales Dirrctor"

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

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

    Pros

    Company provides excellent opportunity for growth, and access to all resources needed to succeed. There is unlimited opportunity to grow if employees take advantage of the resources.

    Cons

    The company is very process heavy, and sometimes gets in its own way. Need to listen to customer more, and need to acknowledge that not all solutions are Microsoft Solutions.


  7. "Great so far!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Premier Field Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Premier Field Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to develop and grow.

    Cons

    Demanding and competitive work environment

  8. "Services at Microsoft"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Solution Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Solution Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good structure and stability, pay is great.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership in services.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what you want to do and communicate it.


  9. "Great technology company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Architect in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Architect in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Leadership in technology industry . Great ip
    Focus on cloud , analytics and digital transformation
    Great people , benefits and pay package

    Cons

    Large organization requires navigating to get things done . Many groups out there to support but identifying them is bit challenging

    Advice to Management

    Trim the middle layers


  10. "Superb Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Architect in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Digital Architect in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and Benefits are competitive
    Culture values intelligence and teamwork (now under Satya Nadella; prior culture under Ballmer did not value teamwork)
    Technology is first rate and you have opportunity to work on world changing tech like Hololens, Azure, etc...

    Cons

    Big Corporation that has typical issues

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the old school managers and staff from the Ballmer days. They are inhibiting transformation.


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