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Microsoft Reviews

Updated Jul 25, 2014
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3.6 7,575 reviews

88% Approve of the CEO

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

(612 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Great company and while the leadership has been a revolving door, there is solid WW direction and opportunity to

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat environment if you want to make a difference, mix of young and mature employees

    ConsWork Hard play hard , if you have time to play hard.

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

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    Political, inward looking and now panic about failure of Windows 8

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosmany potential career paths
    fair to good comp package including stock awards
    good health care coverage, flexible

    Consextremely political, managing "up" necessary to survive, terrible management behavior overlooked, lots of CYA, lots of internal reporting and not enough customer focus, very tough to be hired in from the outside, do not truly support remote workers, evaluation system of calibration is barbaric and creates highly negative environment

     

    excellent experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosconnecting cutting-edge research with real-world product

    Conssome of the desktops are old

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    Know the game before you enter...Play it well and you can thrive

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCompensation is great. You get to use the best of technology, including laptops, tablets and phones. Training is never ending, and there are tons of diverse opportunities to explore.

    ConsEmployee performance measurement and stack ranking. Despite described process and reviews, under the hood a major component of your assessment is subjective.

    You will be assigned a rank upon review, with 1 being the best, 5 the worst. If you are assigned a 5 - look for a new job, there is no recovery. Combine this with frequent organizational redesign and there is risk of the stack ranking being used as a tool for "right-sizing" – despite your contribution.

    Stack ranking also is detrimental to team work. You are measured against your peers. Managers must rank a percentage of employees in each of the 5 levels. So if you help your peers, it could affect your assessment - and will is all the team is performing well. Someone HAS to be a 5...

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo much time and effort is spent looking inward. Shift the focus outward and listen to your customers. Change the employee evaluation process - stack ranking is typically done by companies in financial trouble - and then only until the ship has turned (or sunk).

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

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    No direction, heavy structure

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMicrosoft offers excellent benefits, let you have flexible schedules improving your work-life balance. HR does an amazing job at taking care of you. The company makes it easy to transfer between the various groups.

    ConsYour opinion is not taken into consideration, direction changes with management. Doing a good product doesn't seem a priority. Promotions is the only motivation of management. There is no sharing between the various parts of the company, which rather compete with one another.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsult your workforce when making decisions on projects directions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Account Technology Strategist (Current Employee)

    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)

    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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    Not bad.

    Marketing Analyst (Former Employee) Mississauga, ON

    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 people to work with, not for.

    Architect (Former Employee) Mississauga, ON

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    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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