Microsoft Reviews

Updated 30 August 2014
Updated 30 August 2014
7,978 Reviews

3.8
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Satya Nadella
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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.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Great place for research

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    • 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 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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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Great to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    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!

  7.  

    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
  8.  

    friendly, professional atmosphere

    Current Employee - Software Developer
    Current Employee - Software Developer

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    colleagues are always at hand to help, flexible hours, employees are treated well

    Cons

    workload is often very high, managers sometimes do not delegate accordingly

  9.  

    GOOD

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    A really nice company to work for, lovely office building. Great staff and bosses. Benefits were really good and, at the end of the year, there was always chance for a bonus.

    Cons

    The work was very hard and a lot of the time I got the feeling that I was not getting paid enough for the amount of work I had to do and the effort I put in.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very positive

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

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Really good environment geared towards productivity.
    Very good perks - free drinks, often free food.
    Able to come into work when you want and leave when you want based on getting your work done.
    Very good chillout area - xbox, foosball table, beanbags etc.
    Very nice people, didn't find office politics to exist.

    Cons

    Didn't find a London weighting to salary which I thought should exist compared to other UK Microsoft offices and their living costs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great company, but plenty of structural issues to be addressed.

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in London, England

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

    Pros

    Plenty of very talented people, who are mostly friendly. Great benefits and opportunity for career advancement. Some exciting products and opportunity to move to other areas in the business and other countries. Applying to jobs internally guarantees you an interview!

    Cons

    Promotions can be very political. Some internal systems are bureaucratic and slow you down. Upper management tends to show poor leadership, and senior GMs can be very aggressive. Software development methodology is stuck in the past, but changing slowly, and varies between business areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more face time with employees and more hands on with products. Interfacing with the business via reports and data dashboards is insufficient.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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