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Microsoft Reviews

Updated 26 April 2015
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  1. Excellent employer

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

  2. Really good to their employees. Management needed a makeover.

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Great company that really values its employees, especially Engineers.
    -Competitive salary and benefits. It's also pretty prestigious to work for them.

    Cons

    -Testers (SDETs) used to be second class citizens. Less so in the UK.
    -Management (Ballmer) seemed to be clueless in terms of leading the company. Stock stayed flat for a decade.

    Advice to Management

    Replace Ballmer (already happened, yay!)

  3. Great company but difficult to land new does

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and package, work from home
    Training options opportunity to develop oneself
    Autonomy and independence
    Great team, culture and values

    Cons

    Changing roles
    Moving from contractor to permanent status
    Culture varies depending on the team you are in

    Advice to Management

    Incentivise staff better to stay long term

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  5. An amazing company but really hard to get a new role

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits (insurance, life, travel and so on) but most importantly the social power that comes with it.

    Cons

    It's a big corporate world, really hard to navigate within it, and it's really hard to get a new role. HR is terrible sometimes.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Trying to modernize, but stil "old school"

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

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

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

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are above the average;
    Flexibility to work from home and flexible times;
    Lots of smart people and experiences to learn from;
    Lots of divisions and opportunities to work in different projects.

    Cons

    Still "rock-star" culture, where vocal / connected people take clear advantage (sometimes over the work of more skilled but less loud colleagues). Little team collaboration;
    Still "bubble" culture: whatever exists or you have done outside MS doesn't mean anything;
    "Old thinking" in most senior/leads, with practices and methods that have been scrapped more than a decade ago (e.g. waterfall, lots of planning and documentation);
    Too many managers, many outdated (above), others totally clueless about the skills for their work (e.g. test leads that don't know unit tests and CI).
    Little autonomy for individual contributors (every single technical decision must go through managers)

    Advice to Management

    Satya seems to have a clue and move the company towards the right direction. Scrapping the stack-ranking was also positive, however there is still a lot of "old culture" built over the years. Reduce the bureaucracy, get rid of the countless middle managers that hinder the renovation of the company, and empower the employees so they can use their expertise together with modern methods and tools in software development.

  7. Helpful (1)

    very generious

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    MSFT salaries are generous but not I found it hard to progress because of their calibration system. I have heard that it's changed

    Cons

    It's v difficult to get promotions, salary increases, you coudl work for years and get 1% annual rise despite meeting all and exceeding some expectations.

  8. Depends which team/org u work in....

    • 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

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working from Home Policy, opportunities, access to everything MS (software), benefits (though they trimmed them down)

    Cons

    Politics, favouritism, bad managers, lack of integrity and values, the review curve... yes they changed their review system.. but the curve is still there...

  9. Social Media Ambassador

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

    I worked at Microsoft

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

    Pros

    Free Laptop & Phone With Job Role

    Cons

    No Opportunity To Join After Great Performance

    Advice to Management

    Accept Great Performers

  10. Disorganised

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Brighton, England
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Brighton, England

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Fun, free atmosphere with free teas

    Cons

    Total lack of organisational skills

    Advice to Management

    No longer applicable

  11. Helpful (1)

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    you can focus on your work without distractions

    Cons

    very corporate, very geeky culture

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