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Updated 24 April 2015
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 859 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 991 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 552 reviews)

  • Performance review system basically encourage competition inside the team (in 400 reviews)

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  1. software developer

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Bangalore

    I worked at Microsoft part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work load at microsoft was less and the environment was something keeps you engaged with it.

    Cons

    You need to be patient to grow with individually.

    Advice to Management

    No specific advises as mine was pretty good .

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great company, really smart people to work with.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging environment, you can really learn and grow. Enables you to be at the cutting edge of knowledge in your field. You get to work with super bright people.

    Cons

    You need to be very resilient, willing to debate your ideas, and prepared to support your assertions with solid research.

    Advice to Management

    Harness the potential of your employees. There are pockets of "chronism" across the company, and meritocracy sometimes takes a back seat.

  3. SDET 2

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Hyderābād
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Hyderābād

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent people to work with.
    Very Good perks

    Cons

    Review system is very screwed.
    If ratings gets spoilt once it's hard to come out of that.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people as people

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  5. Fantastic work place if you are good at planning and shaping your aspirations and career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Hyderābād
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Hyderābād

    I worked at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employee Education Assistance Programs, Critical Health Coverage, Switch roles/careers, vacation options, impressive year end hikes, health gyms with in, great benefits, freedom to the employees to do whichever, however they like and passionate, open & honest.

    Cons

    WLB can get screwed if you are bad at planning yourself. Agility, Uncertainity are expected as part of deliveries. So, must be prepared.
    Still manager-pet things happen once in a while - which turns up too bad for the deserving folks despite better talented.

    Advice to Management

    Needless to mention, always the people who do the real work mostly affected during crisis timings but people sitting in the top mostly get away with these things.

  6. General Review

    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Healthy Environment and, better learning opportunities.

    Cons

    less Innovative ideas than their competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Should be more open and reasonable.

  7. Amazing company ; great people, great work environment and work flexibility

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    Current Employee - Manager in Hyderābād
    Current Employee - Manager in Hyderābād

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work Life Flexibility and Work culture

    Cons

    Not much presence in many cities in India

  8. Helpful (1)

    Looks great from outside. Timepass from inside

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hyderābād
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hyderābād

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Get good joining bonus
    Good relocation package
    Salary not too bad if you can negotiate

    Cons

    Company has no clear vision.
    If you are working in INDIA then praying Redmond counterpart on daily basis will keep your job
    Low on ethics
    Complete manager oriented

    Advice to Management

    Learn management. Stop being copy cat.
    There are other management skills apart from buttering upper management.

  9. Bored

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    everything copied from java bad

    Cons

    lots of freebies ad ad

    Advice to Management

    get original ad ad

  10. A COMPANY in transformation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Program Manager in Hyderābād
    Current Employee - Operations Program Manager in Hyderābād

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great benefits like health and fitness, Tuition reimbursement and flexible vacations. lots of room to work in your own style. Less micromanagement.

    Cons

    The old guard is slow to adopt to new culture but they have no choice.

    Advice to Management

    Complete the tranformation

  11. Great company, intelligent coworkers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Hyderābād
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Hyderābād

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Brand value, intelligent coworkers, descent pay/ stocks, work-life balance.

    Cons

    Your work life entirely depends on your immediate manager. If you are lucky, you might get a good manager. Majority consider you as mere resource.

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