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Updated Apr 15, 2014
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

(275 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Good work/life balance, if you are in the right division or have the right manager"
    in 563 reviews
  • "Some smart people in pockets but not many of them great at politics so marginalized"
    in 794 reviews
Cons:
  • "No work-life balance, stack ranking review process brought unfairness to some"
    in 409 reviews
  • "Tiered review system (which is changing this year but haven't experienced it yet)"
    in 352 reviews
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Not bad.

Marketing Analyst (Former Employee)
Mississauga, ON

I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

ProsRelaxed environment, excellent facilities, very casual

ConsBureaucratic, lack of transparency, strong heirarchy

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to Build a Career, Not as good as before though...

Account Technology Strategist (Current Employee)

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

Pros-Once you have worked a few years here your Resume is brought to a new level of Game
-You see firsthand how this giant Tech company functions
-You will gain a complete level of new confidence that comes with working for Microsoft.
-Almost unlimited training and career development (Self driven)
-You work in an environment of people who really seem to care about customers
-Most people are always willing to assist
-Great collaboration tools, you can find out almost anything if you are persistent.

Cons-The stack Rank review system brought in by Ex Wal-Mart COO
-Your success is disproportionately tied t the Manager you happen to have.
-Market seem to pay higher base salary
-There is no life / work balance, no matter what anyone tells you
-Ultra competitive environment, Almost to much so.
-If your an average White male your at a disadvantage as they don't apply the same rules to you (Like many tech companies they have HR quotas on hiring)

Advice to Senior ManagementChange back to the review rating system of the Pre- Wal-Mart Exx COO era. We are not Walmart Employees and your system has / is causing good people to leave based on a Bell Curve and numbers system.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Smart and scrambled

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Microsoft

ProsLots of smart techy people under one roof. Definitely not a sinking ship by any stretch of the imagination.

ConsA lot of re-orgs in Office meant a lot of down time, and a lot of internal politics to fill up open management positions that arise.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great people to work with, not for.

Architect (Former Employee)
Mississauga, ON

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

ProsSmart people, generally speaking. Good benefits beyond salary. A name people recognize - although not as cool as it used to be.

ConsLow end of market salary. Work/life balance issues. Absolutely stupid rating/review system. They let, if not encourage many good employees to leave.

Advice to Senior ManagementBalmer is finally going - although in retrospective - the fiscal performance of Microsoft has been impressive. It has major cultural/HR issues and they have lost sight of what is important - developers and staff that aren't completely self promoting/self interested.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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good.

Marketing and Product (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON

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

ProsNice staff. Decent environment. Good pay. Flexible work schedule. Shows promise of new layer to platform, but underlying system does not change which is a problem.

ConsWeak antiquated CMS. Poor product tools that marketing can't sell. Ball and chain relationship between marketing and product. At bottom of food chain in Portal space. Busy for the wrong reasons. Poor com across departments. Smart to drop 'Advertising' from business name because they're not a true 'agency' in the conventional sense. No more hotmail redirects will decline sales to reflect true numbers.

Advice to Senior ManagementCan't do much about it as product is tied at waist to corp engineering. Staff forced to be too focused on busy work, less focus on product and building better marketing solutions. Heavy reliance on outsourced solutions. Times are changing, towing party of weak product line will catch up eventually.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great pay and benefits. Terrible review process and coworkers no support

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

ProsFree software, everything you need to do your job is at your fingertips. Top notch office equipment provided and you will work on some very cool projects.

ConsEmployee ratings are fixed. Every year 5% of the staff has to be rated as poor performers regardless. Imagine how this affects morale when you're on a team of stars. On my team people were let go for the strangest reasons. Usually because they asked for help with Microsoft products or spoke their mind to a manager.

Advice to Senior ManagementFind a better review process.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great internship experiences

Product Marketing Specialist (Former Employee)
Mississauga, ON

I worked at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

ProsYou decide how much you want to grow at Microsoft. Most of the time you're not treated just as an intern..

ConsVery strict brand guidelines, probably not the best place if you are someone who has marketing ideas that do not conform to the brand

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Exciting company to work

Program Manager (Former Employee)
Mississauga, ON

I worked at Microsoft as a contractor for more than a year

ProsOpportunity to move around and learn various aspects of the company
Networking within the ranks is key to success

ConsNot all managers are created equally
Some Vendor / Full Time Employee separation

Advice to Senior ManagementVendor selection should include companies with active, onsite or regular visits from managers

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Work here only if you're type A and play to win at all costs

Senior Manager Level (Current Employee)

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for less than a year

Pros- good pay and benefits
- wealth of information and knowledge on company intranet
- intelligent coworkers, nice people do exist below the Director level
- lots of job opportunities and global mobility if you can handle the game
- casual attire every day
- free Starbucks coffee

ConsI read most of the 1 and 2 star reviews here for worst case scenario before I took the offer, hoping to be one of the luckier ones to land a decent team and boss. No such luck. Everything you read under the Cons section is true. Easily my worst work experience in 15 years crossing a number of public corporations in different industries.

- aggressive, competitive, super political culture
- management by fear and intimidation
- if you are coming from a different industry or company, think twice or more, new people are easy target, you will not get help
- the Microsoft values posted are the very things they don't practice
- certain people make you think you're on Survivor, others make you feel you're in The Emperor's New Clothes
- 12-14 hour days (and I'm in a non-tech role)
- I was advised by well-intentioned colleagues to only do what's visible to execs in Redmond even when it means screwing your local team over, it's all about managing up just to survive
- lack of guidance and direction, decision making is like throwing darts in the dark
- read the other reviews on glassdoor

Advice to Senior ManagementNot sure what to tell them since they are the people causing the pain and fostering the behavior. Maybe the Board should clean house at the C level? Culture does come from the top, good or bad.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great company too much beaurocracy

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Microsoft

ProsTechnology is cutting edge, people are highly qualified

Consthe administration is way too powerful and harmful to hitting objectives

Advice to Senior ManagementCarve out admin and increase engineering and sales

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