Microsoft Reviews

Updated 18 September 2014
Updated 18 September 2014
8,096 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.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    Great place for research

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    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 for less than a 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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    Smart People, Great Vision, but poor execution

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    Current Employee - Program Manager II  in  Reading, England
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Reading, England

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, lots of products, locations and teams to choose from, great culture and good work-life balance

    Cons

    Bad execution of products, thinking out-of the box, ability to adapt to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give a chance to people who want to make a change. Driving strategy from top down doesn't provide great results always.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Great to work for

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    Former Employee - Windows Ambassador  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Windows Ambassador in London, England

    I worked at Microsoft part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Constantly help each other out

    Cons

    Not huge scope to get further in company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Carry on the work you're doing!

  11.  

    Good if you're after secure employment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexible, secure employment. Okay salary.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, conservatism, and scorecard system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unleash and encourage Satya to change the company from the ground up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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