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Microsoft Reviews

Updated 22 November 2014
Updated 22 November 2014
8,616 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 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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Employee Reviews

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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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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

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    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
  6.  

    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
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    Abysmal

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    Current Employee - Engineering Lead in London, England
    Current Employee - Engineering Lead in London, England

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people, good opportunities to grow professionally.

    Cons

    Poor corporate culture, people being constantly shuffled around and plans changed but not for the better. Abysmal engineering practices, lackluster discipline, bureucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less managers, please.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Great environment, spoiled by a terrible micromanagement attitude

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Development Engineer in London, England
    Former Employee - Principal Software Development Engineer in London, England

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

    Pros

    People are very friendly and you can feel the talent in the office. I made good friends and learned so much from them.
    Salary is more than adequate and workload, while definitely not light, is still acceptable

    Cons

    Top management gets in the way of everyday things. Middle tier managers have the worst time: they are squeezed between the need to be hands on and the ridiculous amount of reporting, meetings, feedbacks, emails etc that is generated by their superiors. While developers are not buried in the latter, and top managers are not required to actually write code, the "man in the middle" has to do both.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect the hierarchies, trust the structure for the details and focus on the results instead.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Best Company to work at

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in London, England
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in London, England

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

    Pros

    Challenging and competitive environment, flexible work hours, loads of fun and possibilities to advance

    Cons

    When deadlines approach, things get a little ugly and tense

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Welcome to the New Microsoft!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -The painful changes that the company is currently undergoing is going to set up Microsoft in an Amazing place for decades to come!!!
    -Get to work with extremely smart people everyday
    -Pride
    -Prestige
    -Great career development and growth potential
    -Best employee compensation , perks and Benefits in the industry. Great internal global events, parties and Conferences.
    -Opportunity to receive Corporate training for top US business schools
    -Fantastic Resume Builder

    Cons

    -The company is going through some painful changes
    -Lots of pressure during end of quarters, Mid years and End of year ( like any other publicly traded Company )
    -Lack of consumer awareness with too much focus on the Enterprise. ( However, I am optimistic about the changes being made in this space).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change is hard, especially for people that have had success working a certain way for years and years...But the industry we live in is constantly evolving and those who do not change become obsolete.

    Embrace change even no matter how hard it might be...it's for the better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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