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Updated Apr 23, 2014
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3.6 7,062 reviews

                             

85% Approve of the CEO

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

(298 ratings)

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Pros:
  • "Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber"
    in 609 reviews
  • "Some smart people in pockets but not many of them great at politics so marginalized"
    in 845 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work-Life balance can easily get out of whack if you don't actively manage expectations"
    in 443 reviews
  • "The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist"
    in 358 reviews
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great company

Service Ops (Current Employee)
Hyderābād

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

ProsYou are the driver of your own growth,no body bosses you around

ConsOld habits dye hard, still the Old guard finds it hard to move on with the new company values and strategy.

Advice to Senior ManagementDrive the One Microsoft strategy to completion

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Fantastic experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Microsoft

ProsGreat People, benefits and opportunities

Conspolitics and sliding market share of products due to bad management decision

Advice to Senior ManagementAllow your people and products to shine

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Very Good experience

Software Development Engineer (Former Employee)
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I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

Pros1. Decent work life balance
2. Excellent culture
3. Good compensation and perks

ConsTechnology very Microsoft specific, no exposure to outside technologies.

Advice to Senior ManagementMore trainings.

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great workplace with an abundance of resources made available

Technical Lead (Current Employee)

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

ProsThe work culture is one of the best in the world, peers are passionate about technology, there is always something new to learn everyday, new challenges every day will keep you ticking and there would not be a single boring day [provided you are in the right job that's aligned to your passion], people never say no to helping you out or pointing you in the right direction.

ConsThis is a global company that's spread across all time zones and working with colleagues from other parts of the globe is a day to day affair [which is a good thing for exposure and networking]. But with all the networking you can see how the company doesn't maintain parity between two employees doing the same thing but located in two different countries. designation and compensation wise one could be two or three levels below the other, irrespective of talent the former has and the latter lacks. This can be traced back to geo-politics and economies, but Microsoft as a company must and should rise above this and respect talent - irrespective of region. The current model is unfair.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagers to individual contributors in the company play a key role in building/destroying the employee's experience at the workplace. Microsoft needs better quality control on low level managers.

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

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People management needs a makeover...

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Hyderābād

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

ProsAt the core... A great company to learn, grow and empower, Technically and Socially

ConsPathetic, office politics, specifically Middle management.
Wok cultures different ... Location wide, department wide... causing 'Racial Discrimination'

Advice to Senior ManagementSpecifically to people managers... Consider the strong areas of an individual and build them for success with transparency in your interactions... rather than focusing only on the number game, and making individuals feel deprived.

Higher management - Please, be in touch with the employees at all levels...

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not good

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

Proswork life balance is good

Consvery bad mgmt totally sucks.

Advice to Senior Managementhuge change

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Microsoft - the best

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Microsoft

ProsMicrosoft is the best company of world

ConsNo Company is like Microsoft.

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Amazing place to work & enjoy

Senior Program Manager (Former Employee)
Hyderābād

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThis is one of the best places where one can learn about the art of developing very large scale software. The learning here is helping us in our services business.

ConsToo much of internal competition among teams. Lot of times you're fighting teams across India or Redmond instead of the competition.

Advice to Senior ManagementFix the culture of "dog eat dog" and tune everyone to fight the competition and not some internal team.

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

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flexi hours but too much of groupism

Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II (Current Employee)
Hyderābād

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

Proswork life is something you look for in this company, people do support your way of completing tasks rather than fixed hours

Consthere is too much of groupism that you feel suffocated if your are not part of any group.surviving becomes tough

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Very good company to work for

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

Prosvery good work life balance
Great opportunities

ConsYou may get stuck in the same kind of work for very long

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