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Microsoft Reviews

Updated 21 November 2014
Updated 21 November 2014
8,619 Reviews
3.7
8,619 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Great place to make a difference

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consulting Staff in Reading, England
    Current Employee - Consulting Staff in Reading, England

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

    Pros

    Some of the brightest people in the industry work here - creating amazing results for customers
    Ability to really make a difference

    Cons

    The travel and expense systems are truly terrible - makes travelling on business tedious
    Recent local decisions on a range of benefits show short termism and penny pinching
    Performance system getting better but employees have very little (no) input into their end of year outcomes
    Hitting arbitrary scorecards far too important. Needs to focus on doing the right thing for the customer
    Progression based solely on internal brand - you need to trumpet every little positive up and across the org chart to get ahead

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove the roadblocks to productivity - travel and expense tools that make travelling hard, scorecards that are self-serving and not reflective of doing a good job, and speed up performance management process change

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Started well but then seemed to follow a path trodden by other colleagues

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Reading, England
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Reading, England

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

    Pros

    The brand, a lot of the people, good overall pay and benefits package

    Cons

    Annual rating process, career progression, constant changes to management, fear culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the way senior managers motivate their teams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work full of talented people

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

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

    Pros

    Great perks, great people, great opportunities

    Cons

    Can be corporate, layoff do happen from time to time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't put too much red tape in place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall great experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Networking is encouraged alot and is part of the culture. Office atmosphere, company meetings etc are great.

    surrounded by good people and you can learn alot

    good opportunities in changing roles internally

    Cons

    High bar and cut throat at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    na

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent potential - slow execution

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (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
  7.  

    A great company, which has lost its way

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Reading, England
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Reading, England

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (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
  8.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  9.  

    An experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Crap pay, great fun, learnt a bit

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  11.  

    Senior Software Developer

    • 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

    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

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