Microsoft Reviews

Updated 29 September 2014
Updated 29 September 2014
8,174 Reviews
3.8
8,174 Reviews
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 786 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 944 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 511 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist (in 388 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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    Senior Program Manager

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  Hyderābād
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Hyderābād

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

    Pros

    Adapting fast to the new environment, employee friendly, no more stack ranking, great products, ability to work in different products, global scale with global opportunities

    Cons

    Organization structure being revamped but still there is a tendency to stick with the old ways. Too many people managers, company can definitely do better by making them as ICs. Getting buy-in from everyone can take a long time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lean organization and faster decision making. Iimplement what was said in Satya's email.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    best in the market

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    Current Employee - Evangalist  in  Delhi
    Current Employee - Evangalist in Delhi

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

    Pros

    teamwork, evagalistss have lots of fun

    Cons

    tedious working hours at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Awesome Microsoft co, I love being here, trust me , you will love it too, everythings free , it fun,

    Cons

    none as i can think of

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  5.  

    Good organization to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Decent salary, Awesome facilities, Good work life balance initially (now a days it's not so good)

    Cons

    Some employees are confused now a days due to possibility of lay offs and Org changes

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent Environment, competitive salary and Bonus. Great Place to set your career

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant  in  Hyderābād
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Hyderābād

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

    Pros

    International exposure if in consulting roles, learning opportunities which are far more than technical skills. Fantastic place to set your career.

    Cons

    Corporate Hierarchy is Political and has babudom and mathateko culture. However, on a high note there is big cons, employees hired here are made to feel good about themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire Good Leadership cadre candidates in Management roles, especially PDM roles are going to folks who has absolutely no leadership influence and lack basic EQ.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Benefits, Employee Friendly, Flexibility,Great Place to Work.

    Cons

    Growth with in the HR team is limited.

  8.  

    Microsoft IDC Bangalore - A place best avoided

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bangalore
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    Good benefits like health, cab facility (payed), subsidized food.
    MS Brand and access to their software and resources.

    Cons

    Highly political environment. Teams do not cooperate with each other. Spineless leadership that cannot get things done from redmond/bellvue for products to succeed. They have no say in product strategy. Dumping ground for dying products and their maintenance. In general the quality of work is pretty bad. Work is invented and features are done for the heck of it. Functionality demanded or desperately needed by users takes a back seat. Do not expect to learn any MS technologies as you will be fire fighting from one crisis to another. In between there will be new projects which you will ramp up on or transition old work to china. Frequent project and manager changes is the norm. You will not rewarded for hard work, skills or delivery of results only for "Impact" and "Visibility" as determined by leadership. Career prospects are poor here. If you are in display ads then work life balance will go for a toss and do expect any appreciation for the effort you put in.

    If you are developer be prepared to test and do ops work since combined engineering is used here. One has to be extremely good in juggling multiple things. Program manager role has got diluted.

    The viability of this center remains in doubt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The middle level management needs to go and leads need to develop their tech skills. Most of them have little clue about MS technologies. They need to start reading. frequent re-orgs hit productivity of devs. combined engineering is a flop. the sooner you accept it the better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good money, not so good work

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

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

    Pros

    good money, good impact to he world, great corporate culture, high ethics, good moral values, low on politics

    Cons

    extremely slow moving, layers of fat accumulated over years, red tapism, beaurocracy, chasing the tail light, low quotient of innovation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cut the fat

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good brand, place but loosing its value cos of bad managers

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Learn new technology.

    Cons

    Never be negative with anyone especially your manager. Whatever manager says accept. Your career is in Manager's hand. One can survive by doing crapy things (like vendor management), less technical knowledge but never be negative to anyone (manager, colleagues etc). Whether you like it or not always say yes.

    Dont join in MSIT. Politics, Politics, Plotics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please remove some M1s (managers) who are there for long years and they think they are THE BOSS.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It is a great experience to work with Microsoft.

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

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    We will have good projection about ourselves.

    Cons

    Sometimes have to sacrifice our personal life itself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should balance personal and career life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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