Microsoft Reviews

Updated 27 August, 2014
Updated 27 August, 2014
7,947 Reviews

3.8
7,947 Reviews
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
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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.  

    Account Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great Company Culture
    Exciting new products
    Work-Life Balance is pretty good during slow quarters

    Cons

    Management is numbers driven and doesn't provide much guidance
    Not enough support given when issues are escalated
    no accountability from the virtual team

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best Company to Work For

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Amazing professional development, work life balance and overall care for employees

    Cons

    Can be a bit bureaucratic

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Challenging

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solution Specialist
    Current Employee - Solution Specialist

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

    Pros

    Great People, and pretty good technology

    Cons

    Not a Sales Organization it's a R&D company, with too many silos, and competing Agenda

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Matrix Management is going to be the death of this American success. Local, Regional, National structure will bring a team environment and Customer first attitude back. GET RID OF SCORECARDS managment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    The bad and the good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Mississauga, ON

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

    Pros

    The dash trash will work for you if you apply the right kind of motivation.
    It is a prestigious organization and looks good on your resume for sure. Write your own ticket from here.

    Cons

    Unreasonable management and pink slip happy. The manager believing this is the 18th century puts pressure on you leading to producing sub-par results. It is quite suffocating.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Danger And Opportunity

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Partner Sales  in  Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Partner Sales in Mississauga, ON

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

    Pros

    They removed the peer review system but really it is still here
    Prestigious entry on your CV but need to find employment elsewhere (if desired) quickly as market catches up with reality of Microsoft today

    Cons

    All employees and departments need to be approached the same as a pit of vipers
    To have Trust in this building is childish
    and only those related to you by blood can be semi-trusted
    All equal under God is true here except God is the pay check, prize a promotion and equality defined as Anglo Saxon heritage and nodes of connections

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are shareholders please quit now
    Since that will not happen remember that what goes around comes around
    Anything else I say places me in the realm of fantasy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place for a navigator

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Professional  in  Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Sales Professional in Mississauga, ON

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

    Pros

    You can actually get away with a straight 9:30-4:00 schedule if you know how to. Do not think it is all work here. Social aspects take precedence. You also have some dash trash and interns you can utilize. On the technology front Microsoft is still up to very important things. Satya recently expressed his opinion that we can be a three-pony trick. I believe it. good place to work

    Cons

    Priorities change all the time and what was important yesterday is not important today. It is important to let others handle the pressure because otherwise you would go insane.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. Leverage resources and contractors so we can focus on strategic work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome people, transforming company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Company is drastically and rapidly changing the way it does things to become more agile.

    Cons

    A lot of management layers makes it hard to get things done quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the fat.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Trying to be a top employer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Cares about the work and life balance of their employees

    Cons

    Too many processes, layers. Leadership lacks visions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring talkers, hire more executioners at the top helm.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Positive

    Current Employee - Marketing Intern  in  Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Mississauga, ON

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

    Pros

    Great company to have on your resume. Very supportive co-workers, lots of opportunity for growth, and always something exciting to work on.

    Cons

    At times I feel out of the loop on a lot of things, which makes it difficult to do my job. A few internal services don't always work, and some subscriptions literally took a year for me to receive (employee MSDN).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on keeping on. The company is heading in the right direction, the values are solid, just need to keep working at it and improve the little things.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Managers manage numbers not people

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Mississauga, ON

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

    Pros

    The Money, the prestige. Sales employees are rewarded generously when this exceed their targets.

    Cons

    Managers understand the Microsoft machine they don't have to have nor do they need to have ANY people skills to attain or be successful at their positions. As a new AE you are required to commit and sign to a number presented to you by your manager. You will receive no training on it's processes or it's products. You will be consistently asked and reviewed on you commitment to retire quota. Asking for help will be rebuked. You must understand Microsoft licensing and contracts to be successful at this position a requirement not listed in their Account Executive Career Opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Formal licensing training must be completed by all prospective applicants before or within the first 60 days of employment. What tools are in place to ensure sales have what they need to have an opportunity to be successful.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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