Microsoft Reviews

Updated 13 September 2014
Updated 13 September 2014
8,050 Reviews
3.8
8,050 Reviews
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Satya Nadella
886 Ratings

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.  

    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 for 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
  2.  

    Rich sales experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Solution Sales  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Solution Sales in London, England

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for 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
  3.  

    Very positive

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 for more than a 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
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  5.  

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

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    • 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 for more than a 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
  6.  

    Great place to work.

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    Current Employee - General Manager  in  London, England
    Current Employee - General Manager in London, England

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Innovation, Truly Global scope and full of opportunities.

    Cons

    Too many processes and lack of decision making.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very nice experience so far

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    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
  8.  

    Very pleasant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Very friendly environment. Very modern offices and facilities

    Cons

    Internship scheme availability is highly limited

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Dynamic environment, a lot of career opportunities

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    Former Employee - Partner Sales Executive
    Former Employee - Partner Sales Executive

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    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
  10.  

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

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    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
  11.  

    Contractor point of view

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in London, England

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor for 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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