Microsoft Employee Reviews about "great benefits"
85% would recommend to a friend
(4326 total reviews)
91% approve of CEO
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23 days ago
I have been unemployed since June…I feel like it is hard enough to get a phone screen…let alone an interview…let alone an offer…I was a contractor for 18 months at Microsoft. I feel recruiters hate me more now. They dont care at all. I truly think I am qualified for the roles I apply for even with statistics at play…for every 100 roles I GOTTA get 1 minimum interview…I mean how bad can my luck be…I’m constantly changing my resume. Idk what I am doing wrong. Can’t get passed phone screen. Help /:
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- "They provide great benefits and you get a lot of exposure if interested in full time corporate role" (in 4966 reviews)
- "Work/Life balance is good and entirely up to you make it what you want it to be" (in 3605 reviews)
- "Some really great people working in the Inside sales teams and the building is fantastic." (in 3461 reviews)
- "Microsoft has Great Culture and Support!" (in 2187 reviews)
- "A lot of the work is driven by individual performance within a team environment and the pay is good." (in 1430 reviews)
- "Bad managers abound and there is not much remedy for that except for leaving the job." (in 1187 reviews)
- "life balance in hardware due to frequent unplanned work travel and evening calls; bloated meetings; some poor management" (in 918 reviews)
- "Long hours you have to wait till the last customer leave it’s energy consuming some of the customers are unrespectful" (in 387 reviews)
- "Too much politics and exchange of favors rather then meritocracy seriously affect the possibilities to grow and develop inside the company." (in 271 reviews)
- "Bad middle management" (in 221 reviews)
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- 3.0Sept 5, 2013Group ManagerCurrent Employee, more than 10 yearsRedmond, WA
Smart co-workers Great Health benefits Competitive compensation
Work culture promotes being risk averse - especially mid and senior management People compete internally and pin blame on others rather than take accountabliy Performance review system is totally broken - you are forced to give 30% of your people a bad rating Benefits plans (espeically health) are being reduced and by 2015 they will not be great
- 3.0Nov 4, 2015Learning & Development Program ManagerFormer Employee, less than 1 yearSeattle, WA
Microsoft has great benefits and if you are a high performer you can be rewarded significantly. I worked in three different organizations and mostly felt like I was being paid and acknowledged as I would have expected.
It really depends on the group you work in. Some divisions, like the product groups, have a much healthier environment. They have more money and better laid out business plans. Other divisions like the support groups, you are at the whim of the product and business groups so there is less budget, less respect, and you sort of feel like you're on the bottom of the totem pole.1
- 3.0Sept 4, 2014Lead Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)Current Employee, more than 10 yearsRedmond, WA
Great benefits that are truly 1st class when compared to other companies in the industry. There are lots of very smart/motivated folks working at the company and the new direction by the CEO seems to be promising.
With recent layoffs many folks left inside are afraid for their jobs and the future of the company both financially and direction. There is plenty of uncertainty about the future of the company. If you are in test then you should highly consider moving into a different role as the company as a whole seems to be getting rid of this function.1
- 4.0Sept 19, 2015Business Program ManagerCurrent Employee, more than 5 yearsRedmond, WA
With the right manager, the ability to navigate your own growth is spot on. My ability to promote out of administrative work to something more program management oriented was seamless. Work/life balance is encouraged. Benefits are great and the stay fit benefit is an additional perk the helps reward feeling healthy overall.
Terrible on boarding experience with HR and benefits. Some groups still have a feeling of competition with each other despite the changes review and reward format.
- 5.0Apr 24, 2017Support EngineerCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearFargo, ND
Microsoft has countless opportunities for you no matter what job you want to have. You can go from completely technical to non-technical and everything in between. Microsoft has some of the best benefits out of any company and the total pay package is great.
They say Microsoft will take all you can give and they aren't lying. Long work weeks are expected for a lot of roles, so expect to work over 40 hours in most positions. Being a large company, some changes can also take a long time due to having to go through a chain of managers. Finally, changing to different roles inside the company isn't always as easy as it looks, so be sure to pick a job that you won't mind doing for a while.3
- 4.0May 22, 2014Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearRedmond, WA
Great benefit packages and discounts available for a large number of restaurants and entertainment options in the area. Very low key work environment.
If you are not a software engineer, you won't get the same pay or bonus structure available to software engineers. Hard to grow outside of the field that you start in, or make position jumps.
- 2.0Feb 11, 2016Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 3 yearsTampa, FL
Great benefit package for the employee and his / her family especially with access to the Microsoft store.
Review process discouraged any employee collaboration as you were always competing against your peers.1
- 2.0Feb 2, 2013General ManagerCurrent Employee, more than 10 yearsRedmond, WA
Smart and creative people Lots of assets - if used together can build amazing products At moments you can still find brilliance and passion (although getting more rare every day) Competitive pay and vacation. Would have said great benefits too but they have been significantly reduced and complicated in 2013.
Lack of strategy and strong leadership across the company. Leaders are more interested in being individual heroes rather than defining, setting context and guiding execution of strategic initiatives. Competitive, internally focused review model causes bad politics, back-stabbing and general lack of collaboration and teamwork Reluctance to take risks and innovate due to short-term politically focused review model. Functional organization model causes endless meetings and lack of customer and product focus. Way too many people have to be in every discussion and there is no empowerment or ownership of decisions. Would have given the company 5 stars years ago and have hoped it could return to its more passionate, innovative and empowering days, but it is on a decline in most ways - talent, products and leadership.4
- 2.0Nov 11, 2011Sales ManagerCurrent Employee
Great Benefits but they are slowly cutting back more and more on better otions and shifting cost to employees. Very flexible on needed time off 4 weeks of vacation Most are proud to be a part of company and would not dream of leaving
Many would never leave and thus mgmt feels there is no penalty for not treating people properly. Has become a place that rewards on who you know and not what you know or even have done. So many leaders have come in from other large companies and brought the bad culture they escaped from to Microsoft, Microsoft no longer has its own culture. Used to be a great place. Company is so big that change is very hard to implement and thought innovation is dead.2