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Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.6 7,562 reviews

88% Approve of the CEO

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

(605 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber(in 675 reviews)

  • Tons of super smart people working for the right reasons - to make a difference(in 886 reviews)


Cons
  • And there are times when the workload may impede on your work-life balance(in 474 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist(in 367 reviews)

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    Good company but can't help making things hard for itself.

    Sales Manager (Current Employee) London, England

    Pros- Overall package is very good - salary, bonuses and benefits.
    - Good work/life balance, if you are in the right division or have the right manager.
    - Has the potential to do great things and still has some amazing products.

    Cons- Microsoft has to burn itself. Even when the correct decision is obvious to all staff, senior management seem to get it wrong before backtracking to get it right.
    - The business is set up for its employees to fail. Even if a team exceeds all goals, stack ranking means 20%+ have to fail. It's incredibly damaging for a company to ensure failure at all costs.
    - Many tiers of middle management that add very little and drive against change for self preservation.
    - To be successful you need to spend 70% of your time managing your internal brand and 30% of your time doing your job and driving success for the business.
    - Over the recent years, more smart people have left than have joined.
    - Culturally, the business has a rotten core that is going to take years to cleanse.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe current review structure simply means the ineffective middle management protect themselves and dump on one of their team - give everyone a voice for a chance to highlight their value and you'll see where the real productivity comes from.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Dynamic environment, a lot of career opportunities

    Partner Sales Executive (Former Employee)

    ProsDynamic environment, a lot of talented professionals to work with, diversified product/ solution offerings

    ConsSome management team members are very tranditional, may result in stagnant status of creativity

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe open-minded, be more considerate, employee is the asset of the company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to learn and sharpen skills in a fast paced environment.

    Finance Manager (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsGreat learning place and open environment

    ConsPace of changes can derail the career growth unless one is very careful

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A roller coaster ride! Thus far!

    Senior Software Development Engineer (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsCompetitive salary, excellent benefit package, good work/home life balance, training opportunities, advancement opportunities, dumped the dreaded ranking system, changing culture, challenging work, and an exciting future for the company.

    During the "One Microsoft" re-org I've been lucky enough to have three new, awesome engineering managers to interact with. They are some of the best managers I have ever had in my entire career.

    ConsAs a software engineer, if report to, or interact with, a terrible, non-caring, numbers only manager you, and your team, suffer the most. Microsoft seems full of these types of managers. It is best to change teams if you realize you have a terrible manager as soon as possible.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFlatten the management structure as much as possible. Become more design driven so we can move out of the past into the new Microsoft!

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

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    A great chance to work with smart people, doing great things...

    Supportability Program Manager (Current Employee) Reading, England

    ProsGood Salary, Comfortable Working Environment, Freedom to be successful, good benefits, good projects to be involved with and change the world. Interesting network of colleagues.

    ConsTough to achieve a perfect work life balance,massive organisation so often difficult to navigate the organisation - still some siloed working which holds some of the major projects back.

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

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    Great employer with lots of opportunities

    Execution Manager (Current Employee) London, England

    Proslots of opportunities across a wide variety of businesses

    Consvery competitive environment limiting career progression opportunities

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

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    Great Company with the normal challenges of a large market dominating organisation

    Business Manager (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsA great company that mostly cares about their people and frankly somewhere you know you will never be embarrassed to have worked. Microsoft cares for the people on the planet, just look at all the philanthropy the company engages in. I am proud to work at Microsoft and can put up with the occasional corporate silliness.

    ConsMicrosoft's various brushes with regulators has condition behaviour so much that it is often hard to get people to make sensible compete decisions

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe new direction the company is moving in will require it to take some strong position with competition, do not be afraid of p'ing off the regulators and have a real go at it!

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

     

    A nice place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBig company, lots of opportunities

    ConsCompany can change directions too quickly

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your teams

     

    Premier Field Engineer

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLatest technology, Excellent training, Good benefits

    ConsWork on my own most of the time.

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    Excellent opportunity strong brand recognition. Disjointed sub based management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBrand market share innovation drive for new markets

    ConsPolitics in management a minefield of whos in whos out driven by senior management watch your hack culture

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen honest with real integrity would be a start. Set fair goals and stick to them

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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