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Microsoft Reviews

Updated 21 November 2014
Updated 21 November 2014
8,616 Reviews
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 833 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 975 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 543 reviews)

  • Review system that pushes people to look out for themselves instead of being team focused (in 398 reviews)

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  1.  

    Microsoft - A Great Company to Work For (but Used to be Better)

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    Former Employee - Principal Development Manager
    Former Employee - Principal Development Manager

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Microsoft is a company which generally empowers employees to make their own decisions and define their own direction. The company culture is great, the compensation and work environment are excellent.

    Cons

    Over the years Microsoft has lost it's way in terms of strategic direction. For many, the company has layered on too much process and too many metrics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to what you're good at, and allow employees to make their own mistakes. Too much process, and too many company wide directives, is killing creativity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Big challenges in a rapidly changing company

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    Current Employee - Program Manager II
    Current Employee - Program Manager II

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

    Pros

    Global company with the largest customers so it is a challenging job. There are big changes going on in the company, so it is a very exciting time to be here.

    Cons

    The culture needs to improve as it has come from many years bad inter-group relations. There are very strong winds blowing that try to change this, but moving this big mammoth is really hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on pushing for the changes you want to happen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent and Inspiring

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in London, England
    Current Employee - Intern in London, England

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great working environment
    Regular training
    Work-life balance

    Cons

    Personal growth and movement up in the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    The UK is just a side step

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, great products, good perks and generous bonus, very good and approachable managers in the UK

    Cons

    If you are in a satellite location as the UK, the US team will unfortunately make decisions that are not being communicated to the UK team. A project you have been working on might just be transferred to the US without upper management in the US involving the UK team at all. There is hardly any appreciation for hard work or any rewards coming from the upper management in the US. This is a very demotivating. Achievements are hardly recognized. The only goal is to centralize everything in the US. The UK is just a side step that doesn't seem to be important enough. Very unfortunate!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relationships that were built between partners and Microsoft in EMEA should not be moved to the US. There is a time zone difference and therefore the relationships won't stay strong due to communication issues. Even though you would like certain centralization to take place, you need to have common sense and think about what is best for the business. To neglect people in satellite locations and to overrule them without even considering their opinions is very demotivating. A good manager listens and should at least leave room for compromises. Also, communication is the key. If there are going to be process changes this should be communicated to team members that are working on the project. To just transfer the work to the US without this being communicated to the individuals first is unprofessional.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great vision and undergoing massive changes, but still struggles with internal process and old mindset

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Values, Benefits, Career Opportunities, Industry Expertise, Review system has greatly improved

    Cons

    Policies that slow you down, Old mindset from many of the leaders, legacy customers that aren't ready for Microsoft's new vision of productivity, mobile and the cloud. With such a large company it really depends where you work. There is some great forward thinking and laid back areas while other departments like MCS (Consulting) is still very much traditional and resisting change. Great place to start your career.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great vision and strategy, culture and org are not ready for the change

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    Current Employee - Sales in London, England
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England

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

    Pros

    Amazing products and services, a lot of talented people across the company, great salaries and benefits. This may be one of the best corporate org to work for. New CEO Satya with few other execs are genuinely trying to get the org more agile, flexible and agile (easier career moves, hacking days, more open communication...)

    Cons

    Coming from an acquisition (Yammer), it has been a shock to discover the pointless number of management layers, reporting tools, metrics and other dashboards which are taking employees away from their passion to technology. The email communication culture, the inability to get rid of bad managers and overall lack of commitment and ownership is making it hard every day to find some passion. Almost impossible to move internally from a division to another due to very conservative and zero-risk approach from managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flatten the structure, get rid of metrics and useless dashboards, more open and transparent culture, set-up some talent management (not just hiring and firing).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    Working in Microsoft lab

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    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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