Microsoft Reviews

Updated 21 October 2014
Updated 21 October 2014
8,371 Reviews
3.8
8,371 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Satya Nadella
1,094 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 820 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 964 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 537 reviews)

  • Review system that pushes people to look out for themselves instead of being team focused (in 395 reviews)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Everything is good, work life balance.

    Cons

    Everything is good, work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good

  2.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    - amazing compensation
    - flexible working hours
    - amazing medical benefits
    - work with few of the best minds
    - People are willing to help.
    - constructive feedback is welcomed ad encouraged

    Cons

    - Stability is a concern
    - Every new CEO brings in LOADS of changes and at times you get caught in the changes
    - will be difficult to work anywhere else after working there
    - Having enough technical knowledge is not enough. You need to play your cards right.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    SDET @ Microsoft

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Hyderābād
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Hyderābād

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

    Pros

    Will have opportunity to work with latest technology, and great minds,
    Learning curve will be good
    Good salary than most of the companies.
    Facilities
    Career development.

    Cons

    Some middle management may not be in align with your career aspirations, such cases it will be a problem for the employee.
    Work life balance in some teams is not good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have some insightful review of middle management who are not in align with company goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review
  5.  

    Career stagnation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Partner Technical Consultant in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Partner Technical Consultant in Bangalore

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good facilities, work life balance, latest software, perks and hardware.

    Cons

    Management has no vision, they don't act like a technology company, huge tier of unwanted reporting peple eating company reveiew.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut Short the layer of people managing the engineers, keep only strong technical people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Things are not falling on the way.. rather they are deviated and may hurt

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Quality of work is excellent, amount of work is also high.

    Cons

    No Work life balance. will be tapped very soon into old legacy and bureaucracy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Microsoft IDC Bangalore - A place best avoided

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great fun, good learning, beautiful minds!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer (SDE) II in Hyderābād
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer (SDE) II in Hyderābād

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

    Pros

    Work with the company that started PC recolonization, assured learning something anew every single day

    Cons

    Stagnancy in career path, getting comforatble

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Microsoft consulting Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Architect in Mumbai
    Current Employee - Software Architect in Mumbai

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

    Pros

    Lot of learning opportunities . Too much bureaucracy

    Cons

    Growth opportunities less as the company is stagnant

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Experience!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Hyderābād
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Hyderābād

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company Values, Culture, People, Technology, Passion

    Cons

    None in particular, Always felt great about this company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work at

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Escalation Engineer in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Escalation Engineer in Bangalore

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Microsoft is a Value driven company focused on Technology. The baseline for every employee is to reflect on six values including - Honesty and Integrity, Self Critical, Open and Respectful... You can be sure that the people you are going to work with, will be wise. Then comes the next focus - Technology. Company is very particular about the quality of its deliverables. I loved to see that customer focus. It is not about what I think is cool, but what customer would asks for. Company is very employee focused. Leaves and benefits and work-life balance is at the focal. Microsoft is not the top payer in market but it does ensures that its employees do not have to think about money (unless one wants to be rich overnight).

    Cons

    A flood of managers came from companies like Convergys, Infosys and TCS who brought in Bossy culture and number driven environment. Masses are drifting away from the base line - Values.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to drive Value culture with a lot of force.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

Work at Microsoft? Share Your Experiences

Microsoft

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.