Microsoft Employee Reviews about "large company"
85% would recommend to a friend
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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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- 1.0Aug 26, 2010Business ManagerCurrent EmployeeReading, England
Great technology and a company that is best placed to win in the new economy. The benefits are good and the people are good.
The management style is very autocratic and it's a case of being told what to do and how to do it. They're not interested in feedback and morale is pretty low. On the carrot and stick equation it tends to be motivation by the stick with not much carrot. As a result a lot of people have left and continue to leave. The directors and the sales force are paid on different objectives and this causes a lot of friction as unnatural behaviour is required which frequently benefits the Directors but not the sales guys. Despite having a great technology story for the market, Microsoft's weakness is that it is incredibly internally focused to the detriment of the client.6
- 5.0May 29, 2008Anonymous EmployeeCurrent EmployeeRedmond, WA
The best reasons to work at Microsoft are the quality of co-workers, pay, benefits and growth opportunities. Every co-worker I crossed paths have been extremely intelligent, hard-working, focused and energetic. Upper level management and the company overall are very supportive in each individuals career growth at Microsoft. Twice a year there is a formal process for each individual to talk to their boss about where they want to go and what they need to do to get there even if it is in a different division of Microsoft. There are so many jobs and opportunities at Microsoft that there is bound to be a good fit for everyone.
Some times there are long hours but that is the nature of marketing/advertising and common with advertising agencies.
- 3.0Jun 23, 2022Cloud Solution ArchitectCurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsAtlanta, GA
Most of the team members are nice. Good benefits (not the best), stability.
- Very sales driven role and you are under tremendous pressure to meet the quota - Very arrogant team members who have been at the company for a while and they they are super smart - funny to watch - Low total comp comparing to other similar companies - Very high expectations for little money - Not feeling of appreciation - they let you know you are just a number for them and they can replace you tomorrow Many come here hearing all of these great stories about culture and support and come to find out it's different here. - No one cares about you - you are on your own and responsible for your own happiness for most it just doesn't fee right and can be very very depressing - People who have been here for a while are degraded typically and you won't find a common grounds with them which becomes difficult to work Make sure you know the expectations when you accept the offer - don't buy the hype about culture and WLB. You will be working HARD here, I mean very HARD (prob like AWS hard but for less money).1
- 5.0May 23, 2023Software Engineer(Internship)Former Employee, less than 1 year
Great team! My team was so welcoming to teaching me the ropes and had frequent activities to do outside of work hours. It often felt like working and learning from a group of friends rather than just co-workers. The company itself is super diverse and people who work here are generally kind and welcoming - great work life balance as well.
Can't really think of any downsides - maybe one is that the office location is in Redmond, which is a little far from things to do in Seattle.
- 5.0Jan 30, 2023Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 8 yearsSeattle, WA
The company has good values that resonated with me and strives to be a very inclusive culture. The CEO is a very strong visionary and his beliefs and principles attracted me to the company.
Lots of bureaucracy and layers of management, slowing the process of getting things done quickly and efficiently.
- 3.0Aug 21, 2013Account ExecutiveCurrent Employee, more than 8 yearsIrvine, CA
Pay is decent and you have an 'in' with every company...for good or bad.
Stack ranking has killed morale and teamwork. This has also hurt the focus on the customer and turned everyone internally to focus on office politics and your internal review. Medical benefits have been cut and that used to be a great draw. Always in the 'walled garden' or defend mode against the rest of the tech world.
- 3.0Jul 25, 2009Anonymous EmployeeCurrent EmployeeDurham, NC
Microsoft is a huge company with strong benefits and, in theory, involved in every area of the software market. The company still has very competitive pay and reasonable job security, even considering the layoffs. It has endless resources for growth (see cons), including a big library, conferences, training etc. The company can really invest in you and you can see the dividends of this investment in your work.
One has to be aware that most Microsoft benefits related to professional growth will apply mostly to its HQ in Redmond, WA. In Washington State, the opportunities at the company are endless. Elsewhere, it can vary from dismal to maybe mediocre. Senior Management is clueless and the stock price proves it. Most Microsoft innovations are incremental and the company missed endless opportunities to revolutionize areas of our industry.
- 5.0Sept 3, 2023Product ManagerCurrent Employee, more than 8 yearsTel Aviv-Yafo
Smart and passionate people Big company so lots of domains and interests Lots of influence opportunities from the bottom up
US centric so impacts work life balance Scale also means a lot of technical debt so constant refactoring
- 4.0Jan 13, 2016Middle ManagerCurrent Employee, more than 8 yearsDublin, Dublin
Company making very positive changes so its an exciting time to be there; generally lovely intelligent and friendly people. Excellent facilities and office spaces. Very good packages. Good opportunities to move role - physically/ career wise.
Most Snr Mgrs are promoted based on their ability to manage up, rather than manage their teams. Its essential to be tolerate a lot of office polictics2
- 3.0Jan 31, 2018Partner Account ManagerCurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsRedmond, WA
Competitive salary and great benefit package. Flexible work hours or working from home option is great. Office facilities are nice and company shuttles to and from different buildings are very convenient.
Experience varies greatly by direct manager. Cutthroat and could get laid off in a moment notice due to regular re-org.6