Microsoft Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
7,973 Reviews

3.8
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 688 reviews)

  • Tons of super smart people working for the right reasons - to make a difference (in 893 reviews)


Cons
  • And there are times when the workload may impede on your work-life balance (in 476 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist (in 369 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A great company, which has lost its way

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Reading, England
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Reading, England

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent people - really bright, dynamic and fun

    Cons

    Microsoft is a BIG company and a certain amount of bureaucracy inevitably comes with that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopefully the new CEO will change things for the better, but I'm not holding my breath

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent potential - slow execution

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    Current Employee - Partner Account Manager  in  Reading, England
    Current Employee - Partner Account Manager in Reading, England

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

    Pros

    -great benefits and perks
    -fantastic breadth of products and genuine valuable impact to society

    Cons

    -extremely political
    -poor competitive compensation
    -though breadth of products is large, any job potential requires experience in that workload in prior years. by default then, at an individual level, there is zero point to working in this company for that point, which is unfortunate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great to Work For, Not so great to Keep working For

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer  in  Guildford, England
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Guildford, England

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great Facilities, loads of work and it's a good environment to work in.

    Cons

    No Benefits for CSG
    Can't get any extra Training
    No Career Path or Progression

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow some extra training benefits to CSG, as they will work for you for years, and yet will not grow enough to make your business better. Why make only 20% of your work force better, when you can make 100% better?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    An experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor

    Pros

    Global Company
    Great Campus / Employee Facilities

    Cons

    Lack of recognition
    Invisible Senior Leadership Team
    Poor induction / introduction to company
    Lack of interest in contractor contribution / welfare

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Crap pay, great fun, learnt a bit

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    Former Employee - Solution Sales Professional  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Solution Sales Professional in London, England

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fun, cutting edge of technology (although not often marketshare), inspiring, work life balance - never had it better. I always felt excited to get to work on Monday morning.

    Cons

    Too many Microsofties think they or Microsoft are the greatest. No humility with partners or customers. Act like a birth right to success, risk of being obsolesce. Loathed meetings upon meetings. So many emails you create auto-trash rules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a CEO that's mad and stop working to Redmond metrics and scorecards

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Senior Software Developer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Working in world's leading software and services company. That alone provides a great deal of satisfaction. Microsoft is headed in the right direction with the CEO change

    Cons

    Because of the size of the company, some processes are tedious and seem a little bit unnecessary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company but a fading star

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Being Microsoft. A tremendous legacy from being the biggest software company in the world and, at times, innovating with life changing products. It remains a great place to work as is born out by workplace surveys year after year. You are surrounded by smart people in a respectful culture and generally strong leaders.

    Cons

    Process, process, process. Also, over time, people become good a internal promotion and being good Microsoft citizens; unfortunately, the company seems to reward this. People who do a good job and stay loyal are overlooked by people who backscratch and job swap frequently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company stick launch dates in the calendar and keeps to them come what may, even if they ship a under baked or incomplete product. You then alienate people who commit to the first version in the knowledge that the product probably won't be decent until version 3 - please stop this!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Big co lots of sideways movement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Big co lots of of orgs

    Cons

    Low per meaning head count

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain real talent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Can be a slow moving company with emphasis on building your individual brand internally, so need to network.

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager  in  Reading, England
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Reading, England

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some great work being done on Enterprise social, really fast moving area to work in with some solid thought leadership.

    Cons

    Promotions are hard to get, easier to move up the org is you leave and come back at a higher level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to move into 21st century and look after your people as opposed to making people redundant year after year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Program Manager

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in London, England

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The culture enables you to make decisions quickly and the management will encourage the professional development and growth.

    Cons

    Only one thing is constant and it is Change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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