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Microsoft Reviews

Updated 16 December 2014
Updated 16 December 2014
8,766 Reviews
3.7
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Fantastic research environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Cambridge, East of England, England

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people at Microsoft Research are fantastic, world-class researchers. My experience in the Cambridge research lab completely changed my graduate studies. I learned about a new field. I learned how to do engineering for that field. I made what I hope are lifelong friendships and collaborations. It was truly a fantastic experience.

    Cons

    The intern seating is ridiculously lacking. I cannot believe there are not more intern desks. Interns should be seated near peers who are working on similar problems and should be seated near their mentors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the research pure. Microsoft is one of the only companies remaining that is still invested in pure science that does not have to be applied to a product immediately. Don't let this die.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in London, England

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Salary and work life balance

    Cons

    Pressure, salary, flat work structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Could do better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Flexible working

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

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

    Pros

    great work / life balance
    office is a good location but not particularly near customers
    culture is friendly and on the whole open

    Cons

    great benefits selection. probably one of the best in the industry. However i think the great work life balance and benefits selection can sometimes mask very slow career progression opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    doing a good job overall.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A great experience.

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

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Stimulating environment, opportunity to carve out a niche, can work at home, use of latest software.

    Cons

    Requires good relationship with manager to succeed and prevent feeling isolated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more interesting, cohesive and useful products. :)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    The UK is just a side step

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent and Inspiring

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  9.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    Big challenges in a rapidly changing company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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