Microsoft Reviews

Updated 13 September, 2014
Updated 13 September, 2014
8,056 Reviews
3.8
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Once incredible but culture is changing for the worse

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

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

    Pros

    Incredible breadth of products and markets provide ample opportunity to take your career in nearly any direction particularly if you are willing to relocate to Redmond.

    Cons

    Sales culture has shifted from empowered to micro managed. Execs and senior managers spend too much time navel gazing and internally than on customers and markets.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome Company that executed well on so many fronts. They gave internal people great consideration if you wanted chang

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to do different things and get into different areas. The breadth of the company is unmatched

    Cons

    As it got bigger, politics became more important to rewards and career advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break up the cliques and stop the infighting. Evenly distribute the rewards more to the staff that are not EVP.SVP

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's a great place to be, but only for FTEs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    Aggressive growth plans, renewed focus, large company that you can have many options for career growth. They also have a ton of training materials for anyone to get ramped up on anything.

    Cons

    Other posters have said this before, one moment you feel like you are in 'Survivor' and another you are in 'Emperor Has New Clothes'. The environment is very cut throat, lots of political wrangling, and CYA. They also treat contractors (they call vendors) vastly different than FTEs even when Vendors are performing Jobs equivalent to FTEs. It starts with the color of the badge to restricted access in sections of buildings, restrictions on company meetings/functions that they can attend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. I have no advice as this is the company culture at MSFT

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Working on large scale products.

    Cons

    Large companies are hard to change.

  6.  

    Great overall experience

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    Former Employee - Marketing Intern  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    The culture, the empowerment, the work environment, the learnings of the industry and being part of a very dynamic team, having the ability to orchestrate your own projects and making a tangible impact.

    Cons

    One of the fallbacks was that some work in cross-functional settings led to increased dependability in teams that had a more laid back culture which led to unnecessary setbacks in project deadlines. Nevertheless, effective communication led to quality delivery and all was good at the end.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Best company to grow in

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    Former Employee - Marketing Associate  in  Mississauga, ON
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Mississauga, ON

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

    Pros

    Microsoft really took care of me in my time there and wanted me to succeed. There is a huge emphasis put on personal and career growth. A lot of autonomy given to complete tasks and passion projects as well. Overall an amazing company to work for.

    Cons

    Just like any other large company, some projects are slow moving because of processes. Pay for interns is under the average.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    excellent experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    connecting cutting-edge research with real-world product

    Cons

    some of the desktops are old

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

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

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

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

    Cons

    extremely 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

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Compensation 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.

    Cons

    Employee 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 ManagementAdvice

    Too 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).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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