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Updated 29 January 2015
Updated 29 January 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Techinical Advisor

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Advisor in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Technical Advisor in Bangalore

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Best place to work if you want to be updated with the hot and happening with the technology. This place provides an opportunity to learn a lot.
    Best place to work if you want to be updated with the hot and happening with the technology. This place provides an opportunity to learn a lot.

    Cons

    Too much politics within the company. You need to be very good with networking to work your way up inside the company.
    Too much politics within the company. You need to be very good with networking to work your way up inside the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to build talent.. not machines who clock in and clock out.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    okay as a place to retire but not for innovation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - User Experience Consultant in Hyderābād
    Former Employee - User Experience Consultant in Hyderābād

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    open office work spaces, work from home policies, year end parties

    Cons

    lack of visionary leadership, poor work life balance, delayed promotions, no individual professional development plans

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company but trying to be jack of all trades and master of none

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    --Technically challenging and rewarding if you are in right team
    --HR policies are friendly but managers rule.
    --Stocks
    --Surrounded by talented people but no recruits from premium institutes like Microsoft in 90's
    --Steve ballmer was a great CEO but not sure about current CEO leadership.
    --Cutting edge products that change life of millions.
    --Benefits are standard.
    --Commute facility.
    --Technical Training.
    --Team outing.
    --Events like hackathon/code jams
    --TechFest.

    Cons

    --Politics are everywhere but microsoft breeds on it.
    --Vacation policy are not competitive.
    --Not great pay master any more.
    --Company is focussing on all business and trying to establish. Lack of focus and be good at company's strengths.
    --Hire and Fire policy.
    --Moving across teams next to impossible unless you are working under a generous manager.
    --Work Life balance is not good.
    --Quality of recruits not great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    --Steve Ballmer we miss you and passion for building great products.
    --Recruit graduates from premier institutes to expect good quality.
    --Reduce contractors or hire contractors with good tech know-how.
    --Focus on strengths and core products.
    --Burning midnight oil doesn't guarantee success.
    --Identify and promote true talent.
    -->support work-life balance

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    A company which is still in business because of initial lead and good business men not technology

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    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    If someone can fool management (which is easy) then that person can enjoy luxury, good pay and perks without any effort.
    Promotions depends on your relationship with your manager and his/her peers. Persons capability is given relatively less weight.
    Personal growth will be good if a person manages relationship and be yes boss always. The moment person gets into discussion mode growth stops. And mostly you will be forced to leave company.
    Personal growth in comparison to external skills will be Zero.

    Cons

    Office Vulture is pathetic specially for lateral hires.
    No one wants to learn from other.
    Every department is re-inventing wheel.
    No good/bad practice sharing.
    Decisions/processes made/change without looking at good/bad experiences of people working on ground.
    Copy cat mentality. Senior management always talks about changes as competitors are doing instead of innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open for suggestions instead of considering person your enemy.
    Create plan to ease on-boarding of lateral hires instead of telling them that Microsoft culture is difficult to adapt for initial 2 years.
    Create culture of innovation via projects instead of forced innovations through forced participation.
    Look how industry is using your products. People are using your products in much much better way then MS itself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    A great company culture wise and also values wise. A great leader in Satya, company's fundamentals are strong

    Cons

    We need a good direction going forward, sometimes I don't know how much value does my work hold. More recognition needed

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Hyderābād
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Hyderābād

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Self driven career opportunities
    Opportunities to learn and grow technically
    Opportunities to work on a different technical fields.

    Cons

    Difficualt to get exposure.
    Compensation needs to be revisited
    variable structure is not cleared
    Stock level is not clear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to think in a realistic way rather idealistic path.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Decent place with layers of bureaucracy

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Things are changing, Microsoft is slow but steady and hopefully it will be good, Great perks

    Cons

    a great man said that bureaucracy as a pace where as when work is considered done when you put it in someone else's plate. Nothing describes it better :) for microsoft
    Perks are coming down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    well management is smart enough to figure out what to do if there is any incentive for them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    good in the terms of hiring process and work culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Good work, new technology, new projects

    Cons

    none, as everything is good here so be on yours work thats it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Software job on C/C++, C#.Net and SQL

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary, good culture and excellent learning

    Cons

    Unstable job. More work and work life balance is very difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not good

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Amazing company to work at.

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

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Helpful people and great work-life balance

    Cons

    Could not find any con.

    Recommends

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