Microsoft Reviews

Updated 25 October 2014
Updated 25 October 2014
8,429 Reviews
3.7
8,429 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 820 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 964 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 537 reviews)

  • Review system that pushes people to look out for themselves instead of being team focused (in 395 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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    Product Marketing Director

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Director in London, England

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Good offices. For self-starters development opportunites are there and an ability to make an impression and deliver quality results exists.

    Cons

    Confused poor quality senior leadership. Lack of strategy and direction especially across product groups. Still a very entrenched old-school mentality so unless you learn how to play in this arena you will not fit in. You have to fit in first and change from within.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better co-ordinated strategy. Fewer levels in the org (but don't take out the lower ones!!!)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A rollercoaster experience. Microsoft is a hell of a ride and no spectators-only allowed.

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    People are passionate about what they do and aren't afraid to stand up for what they believe in. It is a product company and there are some great opportunities to hone marketing and product skills.

    Cons

    Microsoft pays lip service to work/life balance but it is extremely difficult for working mums to get ahead. Last minute deadlines, constant tedious processes, lengthy review cycles and incessant politics made it hard to manage work and family schedules. Unless you move to the US, there is little progression available in the subsidiaries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward the team and the manager not the individuals only. Good managers are hard to find as they are not rewarded or even given time and tools to manage their teams effectively.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Working in Microsoft lab

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    learn for the first years

    Cons

    stop learning and promotions after some years

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Friendly company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues and a friendly environment with a good work life balance. Recognised and rewarded for your contribution to the company. Encouraged to develop new ideas.

    Cons

    A little bit 'corporate' in their processes and it can sometimes late longer too get things done, but changing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Sr. Technical Program Manager

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in London, England

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for, fun and informal culture, always taking into account work-life balance. Flexible working hours and possibility to work remotely when needed. With many people being let go right now, the reviews might be bad, but I believe Microsoft it still a great company to work for.

    Cons

    Many long-term projects are not finished due to re-organisations.Culture incentivizes differentiation between full time employees and contractors, which sometimes leads to inefficiencies when there is a problem to resolve or a decision to make..

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to start a career

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager

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

    Pros

    great place to start a career

    Cons

    too difficult to get an FTE contract

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Microsoft Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is a very Dynamic organization, that have a lot of great product, and service.
    the company have reach a high maturity level in software development industry

    Cons

    still in early stages of transformation to devices and services, where we are in better stage with service offering, we have a big portfolio of service, and offer on one step away of being the world wide best service in couple only and the best in the rest.

    in devices area we in the tails of leader we long way to go, with our shipment number related to competitors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have an advice to management start first with accepting diversity, look back again to people as the core asset of the organization, and give people the flexibility and the empowerment to be productive and conduct business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Anonymous

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Competitive salary and great bonuses for high performing individuals

    Cons

    Career progression and pressure during end of quarters

  10.  

    Excellent company to work for, excellent work life balance

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    Current Employee - PFE in London, England
    Current Employee - PFE in London, England

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

    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
  11.  

    lack of support, little or no relevant training and badly structured programmes

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    Former Employee - Graduate Scheme Sales in Reading, England
    Former Employee - Graduate Scheme Sales in Reading, England

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Free coffee
    -Fancy offices
    -off-site visits
    -work is so convoluted its easy to not do anything

    Cons

    The biggest problem with employees of Micfrosoft is that it is filled with people who admire Bill Gates and want their name branded with the company rather than doing something valuable. There is a lot of middle management which blocks people from progressing and the worst thing is the overt competitiveness to step on each other to rise to the next level. There is a lack of opportunities and the skills developed in the business roles you could teach a donkey. It is not real selling.

    I would advise those who are ambitious, intelligent and go-getters not to work for this company. For the graduates, there is not any well structured training (they lure you in with a trip to America) and there are consistent brick walls. The culture is strong and they make you believe it is the greatest place ever but it is not. in reality, the company is a shambles and is only successful off the back of the legacy Bill Gates helped to build at the prime of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Progress your new interns and graduates rather than ignoring and stifling them. Put in place a proper leadership trainign scheme. HIRE MORE GOOD CANDIDATES AND STOP BEING DRIVEN BY QUOTAS.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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