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Microsoft Reviews

Updated 25 April 2015
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 859 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 991 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 552 reviews)

  • Performance review system basically encourage competition inside the team (in 400 reviews)

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  1. Great place to work but scorecard driven

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working, reasonable hours, great CEO on a great mission to change how the world works

    Cons

    Driven by a lot of scorecard metrics which causes all sorts of strange and irrational behaviours

  2. Great company but jeez the Commission structure

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    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great offices, benefits above average. Very P.C. organisation.
    Still a great brand. Management do not bully for results on the whole.

    Cons

    The commission structure is the worst in the industry. The requirement to hit 75% to hit 34% of your OTE still reflects the belief that we are dominant and not a challenger in the market.
    You will not earn your full OTE if you work in Public sector. This is due to a proportion of your commission linked to a cloud number. Cloud is still not adopted widely in this sector. This shows a lack of understanding or worse. So beware when total package is discussed

    Advice to Management

    If you truly want the growth numbers in the new areas you need to adjust the commission structure to reflect the type of hungry salespeople required to do the job. Recognise the old guard will not do the required job.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Returning employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    benefits, work-life balance, flexibility, progression, technology roadmap, innovation

    Cons

    culture, social side of work, commission structure

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  5. Surrounded by smart, hard working, type A people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Ability to move around the company to learn and grow

    Cons

    Work life balance can be a challenge.
    Seattle area traffic..

    Advice to Management

    n/a

  6. A place to develop your research identity.

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    Former Employee - Interaction Design Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Interaction Design Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Diverse and interesting employees, collaborative environment, novel research projects, freedom to pursue research goals.

    Cons

    Long hours, insufficient access to healthy food, older office cubicle environment, several layers of bureaucracy, confusing travel and research expense reimbursement,.

    Advice to Management

    Closer management of project and a more in-depth understanding of employees' work would yield results faster.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great fun a real blast. Stifled by own size and total stuck in the mud culture

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    Former Employee - Solution Sales Professional
    Former Employee - Solution Sales Professional

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some very smart people. Very fun and passionate people. Work with great customers and exciting industries. Lots of jobs to move around to.

    Cons

    The company operates in laa-laa land. Doesn't listen to customer or consumer trends at all. People take the work so seriously but there's little impact you can make, provided you're not totally useless. It's all about the metrics and nothing else. A hush culture for sexual harassment case whilst I was there. So political it's hilarious. No one is promoted of merit or capability just those who network the best and sound their own trumpet. Zzz

    Advice to Management

    The company is too stuck in its ways to change. Shame as in many ways Microsoft doesn't deserve Microsoft.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great one year , not so great the next , depends where you are when the music steps

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great money, good training, international experience

    Cons

    Constant reshuffles, constant pressure, landing up in jobs that are not what you wanted to do as a result of reshuffles.

    Advice to Management

    Everything is quarter by quarter, there is little long term view

  9. Microsoft

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very flexible working hours
    Informal fun environment

    Cons

    There is no clear career path, no room to grow in the future.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working at Microsoft was a childhood dream, I've been there 11 years and have found it a deeply enriching and rewarding experience. There is no shortage of exceptional people and good teams - there are few average people in the company.

    I've worked as a software engineer in Redmond and in Europe. There are many opportunities in Redmond to move around, learn, and have a fun career.

    I've enjoyed a competitive package and great working conditions (own office, Aeron chair, sit-stand desk, free drinks, good canteens). For productivity it is hard to beat having your own office.

    It is a large company and it fascinating to watch from the inside. Recommend reading Microsoft Secrets, Showstopper, and Gates for sense of history.

    Cons

    There is a natural bias to Redmond as the focus for all activities. Most interesting stuff is located there and it's hard to get attention/recognition for work outside. Outside of Redmond, career opportunities in engineering are thin on the ground - people seem to settle into jobs and not move so it feels a little stagnant.

    Historically, there has been competition and nastiness between groups. As I reflect on many amazing Microsoft stories, too many involve gratuitous nastiness or non-co-operation rather than building on each other.

    There is a One Microsoft initiative that in theory is great and encourages teams to build on each other, but it seems unevenly deployed and you can't tell who is with the program and who isn't. At this stage it seems 50% chance of having a good One Microsoft experience.

    Advice to Management

    The company is supposedly data driven, but rarely is any data shared top-down, e.g. why are we having open plan offices inflicted when there is lots of data against? Why did we go with Hadoop rather than Dryad where the latter has great integration with the platform and the former entails lots and lots of work (why did we even use Windows for Hadoop, customers would not care on Azure).

    Need to focus on details rather than simply the next big thing and also persevere (e.g. media center was a massive lost opportunity). This is a big part of why in the consumer space MSFT has been a trainwreck - Google and Apple try hard to delight, MSFT is happy to hit limited checkboxes and move on. Next big things always have huge gaps and don't support the eco-system, e.g. Xbox one not running Xbox 360 games nor supporting MCE, dreadful history of media apps (WMP, Zune, Music, Video).

    Need a common build system and consistent access to source code. More Open Source (e.g. all WP apps should be OSS to give serious examples).

    It's a global company, but given current standing in US market, Microsoft would do well to focus in other markets to build market share. Too many decisions are made on the basis of US data, e.g. TV, but there are large and different markets elsewhere that could use a different strategy.

    Think harder about acquisitions :- not buying Nokia maps with Nokia was a painful mistake. Skype client has simply not progressed in any meaningful way (great, it's got ads now so worse for consumers). Yammer is not compelling or useful.

  11. Excellent employer

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    Current Employee - Product Markteting Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Product Markteting Manager in London, England

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work life balance and career experiences

    Cons

    slow moving in some areas

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