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Microsoft Reviews

Updated 24 April 2015
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  1. Great vision and strategy, culture and org are not ready for the change

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing products and services, a lot of talented people across the company, great salaries and benefits. This may be one of the best corporate org to work for. New CEO Satya with few other execs are genuinely trying to get the org more agile, flexible and agile (easier career moves, hacking days, more open communication...)

    Cons

    Coming from an acquisition (Yammer), it has been a shock to discover the pointless number of management layers, reporting tools, metrics and other dashboards which are taking employees away from their passion to technology. The email communication culture, the inability to get rid of bad managers and overall lack of commitment and ownership is making it hard every day to find some passion. Almost impossible to move internally from a division to another due to very conservative and zero-risk approach from managers.

    Advice to Management

    Flatten the structure, get rid of metrics and useless dashboards, more open and transparent culture, set-up some talent management (not just hiring and firing).

  2. Product Marketing Director

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Director in London, England

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Good offices. For self-starters development opportunites are there and an ability to make an impression and deliver quality results exists.

    Cons

    Confused poor quality senior leadership. Lack of strategy and direction especially across product groups. Still a very entrenched old-school mentality so unless you learn how to play in this arena you will not fit in. You have to fit in first and change from within.

    Advice to Management

    Better co-ordinated strategy. Fewer levels in the org (but don't take out the lower ones!!!)

  3. A rollercoaster experience. Microsoft is a hell of a ride and no spectators-only allowed.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in London, England

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are passionate about what they do and aren't afraid to stand up for what they believe in. It is a product company and there are some great opportunities to hone marketing and product skills.

    Cons

    Microsoft pays lip service to work/life balance but it is extremely difficult for working mums to get ahead. Last minute deadlines, constant tedious processes, lengthy review cycles and incessant politics made it hard to manage work and family schedules. Unless you move to the US, there is little progression available in the subsidiaries.

    Advice to Management

    Reward the team and the manager not the individuals only. Good managers are hard to find as they are not rewarded or even given time and tools to manage their teams effectively.

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  5. Working in Microsoft lab

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    learn for the first years

    Cons

    stop learning and promotions after some years

  6. Friendly company

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great colleagues and a friendly environment with a good work life balance. Recognised and rewarded for your contribution to the company. Encouraged to develop new ideas.

    Cons

    A little bit 'corporate' in their processes and it can sometimes late longer too get things done, but changing.

  7. Sr. Technical Program Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Senior Program Manager in London, England
    Current Contractor - Senior Program Manager in London, England

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for, fun and informal culture, always taking into account work-life balance. Flexible working hours and possibility to work remotely when needed. With many people being let go right now, the reviews might be bad, but I believe Microsoft it still a great company to work for.

    Cons

    Many long-term projects are not finished due to re-organisations.Culture incentivizes differentiation between full time employees and contractors, which sometimes leads to inefficiencies when there is a problem to resolve or a decision to make..

  8. Great place to start a career

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great place to start a career

    Cons

    too difficult to get an FTE contract

  9. Anonymous

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Competitive salary and great bonuses for high performing individuals

    Cons

    Career progression and pressure during end of quarters

  10. Microsoft Review

    • 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 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Microsoft is a very Dynamic organization, that have a lot of great product, and service.
    the company have reach a high maturity level in software development industry

    Cons

    still in early stages of transformation to devices and services, where we are in better stage with service offering, we have a big portfolio of service, and offer on one step away of being the world wide best service in couple only and the best in the rest.

    in devices area we in the tails of leader we long way to go, with our shipment number related to competitors

    Advice to Management

    I have an advice to management start first with accepting diversity, look back again to people as the core asset of the organization, and give people the flexibility and the empowerment to be productive and conduct business.

  11. Excellent company to work for, excellent work life balance

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - PFE in London, England
    Current Employee - PFE in London, England

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    plenty of smart people to work with and learn from and develop your career

    Cons

    compensation can be better and be more transparent

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