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Microsoft Reviews

Updated 20 August 2014
Updated 20 August 2014
7,888 Reviews

3.8
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 688 reviews)

  • Tons of super smart people working for the right reasons - to make a difference (in 893 reviews)


Cons
  • And there are times when the workload may impede on your work-life balance (in 476 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist (in 369 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Excellent company to work for, excellent work life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PFE  in  London, England
    Current Employee - PFE in London, England

    Pros

    plenty of smart people to work with and learn from and develop your career

    Cons

    compensation can be better and be more transparent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Best Company to work at

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in London, England

    Pros

    Challenging and competitive environment, flexible work hours, loads of fun and possibilities to advance

    Cons

    When deadlines approach, things get a little ugly and tense

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great environment, spoiled by a terrible micromanagement attitude

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Software Development Engineer  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Principal Software Development Engineer in London, England

    Pros

    People are very friendly and you can feel the talent in the office. I made good friends and learned so much from them.
    Salary is more than adequate and workload, while definitely not light, is still acceptable

    Cons

    Top management gets in the way of everyday things. Middle tier managers have the worst time: they are squeezed between the need to be hands on and the ridiculous amount of reporting, meetings, feedbacks, emails etc that is generated by their superiors. While developers are not buried in the latter, and top managers are not required to actually write code, the "man in the middle" has to do both.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect the hierarchies, trust the structure for the details and focus on the results instead.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Welcome to the New Microsoft!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -The painful changes that the company is currently undergoing is going to set up Microsoft in an Amazing place for decades to come!!!
    -Get to work with extremely smart people everyday
    -Pride
    -Prestige
    -Great career development and growth potential
    -Best employee compensation , perks and Benefits in the industry. Great internal global events, parties and Conferences.
    -Opportunity to receive Corporate training for top US business schools
    -Fantastic Resume Builder

    Cons

    -The company is going through some painful changes
    -Lots of pressure during end of quarters, Mid years and End of year ( like any other publicly traded Company )
    -Lack of consumer awareness with too much focus on the Enterprise. ( However, I am optimistic about the changes being made in this space).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change is hard, especially for people that have had success working a certain way for years and years...But the industry we live in is constantly evolving and those who do not change become obsolete.

    Embrace change even no matter how hard it might be...it's for the better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to make a difference

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consulting Staff  in  Reading, England
    Current Employee - Consulting Staff in Reading, England

    Pros

    Some of the brightest people in the industry work here - creating amazing results for customers
    Ability to really make a difference

    Cons

    The travel and expense systems are truly terrible - makes travelling on business tedious
    Recent local decisions on a range of benefits show short termism and penny pinching
    Performance system getting better but employees have very little (no) input into their end of year outcomes
    Hitting arbitrary scorecards far too important. Needs to focus on doing the right thing for the customer
    Progression based solely on internal brand - you need to trumpet every little positive up and across the org chart to get ahead

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove the roadblocks to productivity - travel and expense tools that make travelling hard, scorecards that are self-serving and not reflective of doing a good job, and speed up performance management process change

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work full of talented people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II  in  Twycross, England
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Twycross, England

    Pros

    Great perks, great people, great opportunities

    Cons

    Can be corporate, layoff do happen from time to time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't put too much red tape in place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Started well but then seemed to follow a path trodden by other colleagues

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Director  in  Reading, England
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Reading, England

    Pros

    The brand, a lot of the people, good overall pay and benefits package

    Cons

    Annual rating process, career progression, constant changes to management, fear culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the way senior managers motivate their teams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Overall great experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Networking is encouraged alot and is part of the culture. Office atmosphere, company meetings etc are great.

    surrounded by good people and you can learn alot

    good opportunities in changing roles internally

    Cons

    High bar and cut throat at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    na

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent potential - slow execution

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    Current Employee - Partner Account Manager  in  Reading, England
    Current Employee - Partner Account Manager in Reading, England

    Pros

    -great benefits and perks
    -fantastic breadth of products and genuine valuable impact to society

    Cons

    -extremely political
    -poor competitive compensation
    -though breadth of products is large, any job potential requires experience in that workload in prior years. by default then, at an individual level, there is zero point to working in this company for that point, which is unfortunate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A great company, which has lost its way

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Reading, England
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Reading, England

    Pros

    Excellent people - really bright, dynamic and fun

    Cons

    Microsoft is a BIG company and a certain amount of bureaucracy inevitably comes with that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopefully the new CEO will change things for the better, but I'm not holding my breath

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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