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Microsoft Reviews

Updated 17 August 2014
Updated 17 August 2014
7,869 Reviews

3.8
7,869 Reviews
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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.  

    Great place to work.

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

    Pros

    Innovation, Truly Global scope and full of opportunities.

    Cons

    Too many processes and lack of decision making.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Dynamic environment, a lot of career opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Partner Sales Executive
    Former Employee - Partner Sales Executive

    Pros

    Dynamic environment, a lot of talented professionals to work with, diversified product/ solution offerings

    Cons

    Some management team members are very tranditional, may result in stagnant status of creativity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open-minded, be more considerate, employee is the asset of the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Contractor point of view

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

    Pros

    As a contractor you have the same job description as a full time employee and you are expected to work on equal footing. You have advancement opportunities as well as training.

    Cons

    You don,t get any of the health or vision benefits nor do you get a pension. Your contract is reviewed once a year and you are lucky if they do It on time and the pay scale is below market. It is a very structured corporate environment that can be stifling as suffocating for those free spirits among you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to creating more head count so the 40% of total employees that are contract feel you are truly investing in them as they are in you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company but can't help making things hard for itself.

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

    Pros

    - Overall package is very good - salary, bonuses and benefits.
    - Good work/life balance, if you are in the right division or have the right manager.
    - Has the potential to do great things and still has some amazing products.

    Cons

    - Microsoft has to burn itself. Even when the correct decision is obvious to all staff, senior management seem to get it wrong before backtracking to get it right.
    - The business is set up for its employees to fail. Even if a team exceeds all goals, stack ranking means 20%+ have to fail. It's incredibly damaging for a company to ensure failure at all costs.
    - Many tiers of middle management that add very little and drive against change for self preservation.
    - To be successful you need to spend 70% of your time managing your internal brand and 30% of your time doing your job and driving success for the business.
    - Over the recent years, more smart people have left than have joined.
    - Culturally, the business has a rotten core that is going to take years to cleanse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The current review structure simply means the ineffective middle management protect themselves and dump on one of their team - give everyone a voice for a chance to highlight their value and you'll see where the real productivity comes from.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent opportunity strong brand recognition. Disjointed sub based management

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

    Pros

    Brand market share innovation drive for new markets

    Cons

    Politics in management a minefield of whos in whos out driven by senior management watch your hack culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open honest with real integrity would be a start. Set fair goals and stick to them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Good place to learn and sharpen skills in a fast paced environment.

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

    Pros

    Great learning place and open environment

    Cons

    Pace of changes can derail the career growth unless one is very careful

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A roller coaster ride! Thus far!

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, excellent benefit package, good work/home life balance, training opportunities, advancement opportunities, dumped the dreaded ranking system, changing culture, challenging work, and an exciting future for the company.

    During the "One Microsoft" re-org I've been lucky enough to have three new, awesome engineering managers to interact with. They are some of the best managers I have ever had in my entire career.

    Cons

    As a software engineer, if report to, or interact with, a terrible, non-caring, numbers only manager you, and your team, suffer the most. Microsoft seems full of these types of managers. It is best to change teams if you realize you have a terrible manager as soon as possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flatten the management structure as much as possible. Become more design driven so we can move out of the past into the new Microsoft!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    A great chance to work with smart people, doing great things...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supportability Program Manager  in  Reading, England
    Current Employee - Supportability Program Manager in Reading, England

    Pros

    Good Salary, Comfortable Working Environment, Freedom to be successful, good benefits, good projects to be involved with and change the world. Interesting network of colleagues.

    Cons

    Tough to achieve a perfect work life balance,massive organisation so often difficult to navigate the organisation - still some siloed working which holds some of the major projects back.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great employer with lots of opportunities

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

    Pros

    lots of opportunities across a wide variety of businesses

    Cons

    very competitive environment limiting career progression opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company with the normal challenges of a large market dominating organisation

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

    Pros

    A great company that mostly cares about their people and frankly somewhere you know you will never be embarrassed to have worked. Microsoft cares for the people on the planet, just look at all the philanthropy the company engages in. I am proud to work at Microsoft and can put up with the occasional corporate silliness.

    Cons

    Microsoft's various brushes with regulators has condition behaviour so much that it is often hard to get people to make sensible compete decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The new direction the company is moving in will require it to take some strong position with competition, do not be afraid of p'ing off the regulators and have a real go at it!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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