Microsoft Reviews

Updated 21 October 2014
Updated 21 October 2014
8,385 Reviews
3.8
8,385 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2.  

    Great to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Windows Ambassador in London, England
    Former Employee - Windows Ambassador in London, England

    I worked at Microsoft part-time (more than an 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!

  3.  

    Good if you're after secure employment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (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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  5.  

    Rich sales experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Solution Sales in London, England
    Former Employee - Solution Sales in London, England

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very smart people, action oriented and really dedicated to the company success.
    Lots of ressources available to achieve the job.
    Easy access to top decision makers in the accounts.

    Cons

    No possibilities left to think out of the box.
    Very process oriented, and "good Execution" is the over valued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company. Lack of guts to change the business model and adapt to today's market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    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

  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Very positive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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
  9.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in London, England
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in London, England

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than an 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
  10.  

    Very nice experience so far

    • 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 as an intern

    Pros

    Very rewarding experiences, a lot of challenges that make you improve your skills

    Cons

    no cons, the everything is excellent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very pleasant

    • 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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very friendly environment. Very modern offices and facilities

    Cons

    Internship scheme availability is highly limited

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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