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Microsoft Reviews

Updated 19 November 2014
Updated 19 November 2014
8,601 Reviews
3.7
8,601 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 833 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 975 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 543 reviews)

  • Review system that pushes people to look out for themselves instead of being team focused (in 398 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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    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 (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 (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 (less than an 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 (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
  6.  

    Big co lots of sideways movement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Big co lots of of orgs

    Cons

    Low per meaning head count

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain real talent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

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

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    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
  8.  

    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 (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!

  9.  

    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 (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
  10.  

    Rich sales experience

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    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.  

    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

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