Microsoft Reviews

Updated 25 October 2014
Updated 25 October 2014
8,429 Reviews
3.7
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 820 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 964 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 537 reviews)

  • Review system that pushes people to look out for themselves instead of being team focused (in 395 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

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

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    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 (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
  2.  

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Crap pay, great fun, learnt a bit

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Solution Sales Professional in London, England
    Former Employee - Solution Sales Professional in London, England

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Great company but a fading star

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (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
  7.  

    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 (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
  8.  

    Life at Microsoft is what you make it - Mine was great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Huge amount of resources, good people, and great benefits.

    Cons

    Poor management, too corporate, and cost-cutting have killed the good old Microsoft of legend.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Reading, England
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Reading, England

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than an 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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Great place for research

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    • 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 company culture was fun, coffee was great and you could talk and collaborate with numerous world-class researchers in machine learning, algorithms, networks, and so on. My boss was extremely knowledgeable and always open to new ideas. The pay was more than enough for me.

    Cons

    Cambridge is a rather small city and housing is expensive. Also, the jobs in research can potentially have less security as they are the first ones to go if the company is in trouble.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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