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Microsoft Reviews

Updated 26 November 2014
Updated 26 November 2014
8,654 Reviews
3.7
8,654 Reviews
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 859 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 991 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 552 reviews)

  • Performance review system basically encourage competition inside the team (in 400 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Welcome to the New Microsoft!

    • 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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -The painful changes that the company is currently undergoing is going to set up Microsoft in an Amazing place for decades to come!!!
    -Get to work with extremely smart people everyday
    -Pride
    -Prestige
    -Great career development and growth potential
    -Best employee compensation , perks and Benefits in the industry. Great internal global events, parties and Conferences.
    -Opportunity to receive Corporate training for top US business schools
    -Fantastic Resume Builder

    Cons

    -The company is going through some painful changes
    -Lots of pressure during end of quarters, Mid years and End of year ( like any other publicly traded Company )
    -Lack of consumer awareness with too much focus on the Enterprise. ( However, I am optimistic about the changes being made in this space).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change is hard, especially for people that have had success working a certain way for years and years...But the industry we live in is constantly evolving and those who do not change become obsolete.

    Embrace change even no matter how hard it might be...it's for the better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Abysmal

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Lead in London, England
    Current Employee - Engineering Lead in London, England

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people, good opportunities to grow professionally.

    Cons

    Poor corporate culture, people being constantly shuffled around and plans changed but not for the better. Abysmal engineering practices, lackluster discipline, bureucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less managers, please.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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

  8.  

    A great company, which has lost its way

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  9. 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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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