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Updated Apr 19, 2014
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3.6 7,043 reviews

                             

84% Approve of the CEO

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

(285 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber"
    in 609 reviews
  • "Some smart people in pockets but not many of them great at politics so marginalized"
    in 845 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work-Life balance can easily get out of whack if you don't actively manage expectations"
    in 443 reviews
  • "The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist"
    in 358 reviews
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Up and down

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Microsoft

ProsGreat learning of how a corporate really works

ConsEnding up just a number

Advice to Senior ManagementLook around you for talent.

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Great place to work

Enterprise Architect (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

ProsVery strong people and fantastic range of products and passion for them

ConsSUch a big organization it's hard to get your head around it all

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Smart people, having fun with cool technology

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

ProsSupporting colleagues and managers
Smart people
Reward for impact
Huge technology assets

ConsUS-centric product development
Excessive bias towards re-inventing the wheel
Design not given voice it requires

Advice to Senior ManagementMore needs to be done to get teams working towards the same goals
Product management needs to be done more thoroughly
Product should be designed with believe most customers are not like MS employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Post Bill

Product Manager (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat culture and people with competitive benefits

ConsNoisy working environment at times

Advice to Senior ManagementSqueeze out the politics

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Overall a great, if exhausting place to work

Program Manager (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat people
Lots of career possibilities
Fantastic technology

ConsVery political
US - centric
Insulated from the customer
Heavy HR overhead

Advice to Senior ManagementPick a strategy and be relentless!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Fun place to work; takes good care of its engineers.

Researcher (Current Employee)
Cambridge, East of England, England

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

ProsYou're taken care of. Good technology to work with. Smart people to work with.

ConsBetween divisions it can be a struggle to get things done. Researchers look down on engineers rather than work with them.

Advice to Senior ManagementResearchers need to understand engineering is not "easier" or so. Leadership should build a research org next to (not on top of) the engineering groups.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Microsoft

ProsIt is a good for to work for.

ConsNothing about MSFT is particularly bad

Advice to Senior ManagementNothing

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Good experience

Account Manager (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

Prosbig, famous, technlogy titan, talented community

Conslow salary, ft& contingent staff difference

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Good for learning and Smart people

Senior Software Development Engineer (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat place to learn and improve, good smart technical people, good culture and flexible working.

ConsNo career opportunities outside of US (Seattle), can be very political and networking really helps progression. Tough review system and have to always be improving.

Advice to Senior ManagementChange review system and increase colloaration

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Past its prime and protecting the past

Product Manager (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

ProsInitially MSFT was a great place to work. Its sheer size and scale meant there were numerous interesting work challenges, a clear career path, international work opportunities and smart people to work with.The benefits were good and the pay fair.

ConsMicrosoft's glory days are well behind it. The company has spent the last decade trying to protect the Windows franchise instead of embracing the true potential of the web and innovating for the future. The culture and working environment became quite toxic (although there are some good people there too) with colleagues competing against each other each review cycle. The mid level and senior management I worked with were completely focused on themselves and working the Microsoft system to their advantage rather than looking outward and taking care of their customers.

Advice to Senior Management- Bring on a new CEO from outside who is empowered to really re-set Microsoft's culture and embrace a new decade of innovation.
- Adopt a genuine customer first approach
- Innovate - don't just copy other companies and try and do what they do better.
- Do less - you are too thinly spread - focus on doing fewer things well
- Give up on Bing

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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