Microsoft Reviews

Updated 24 October 2014
Updated 24 October 2014
8,429 Reviews
3.7
8,429 Reviews
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
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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.  

    Smart People, Great Vision, but poor execution

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

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.  

    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

  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    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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