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Review averages

  • 135 employees say

    Very good (62)
    45.925925925926%
    Good (36)
    26.666666666667%
    Satisfactory (22)
    16.296296296296%
    Sufficient (15)
    11.111111111111%
    3.68
  • 1 applicant says

    Very good (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Sufficient (1)
    100%
    1.00

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Reviews - What employees say

3.68 Employees say
1.00 Applicants say
  • 31.Jan 2017
  • Employee

Company culture

Not one culture, culture per 'division', so sad since there was a single culture 10 years ago.

Support from Management

Only when it's in their personal commitment, otherwise, good luck !

Teamwork

Good team work when management stays out of their hair

Communication

Often I learned more about the company from outside news sources. Communication is highly controlled and manipulated.

Office/Work Environment

Are you kidding ? What did you think when you went open space ? Even with all the complaints and evidence that it's not as productive, talk about hurting your work forces motivation.

Work-Life Balance

Always a fable, never achievable given the highly competitive culture. More like balance your life needs as long as they don't impact work.

Inclusive/Diverse

Check out their new policies of only hiring women and minorities, fake diversity. Even some of the diversity groups at MS are having trouble being diverse. WOW

Suggestions for improvement

  • Stop being racist and hiring your Indian buddies who have no ability except to kiss butt and support bad decisions. Check out MCIO, a ton of wasted 'new hire management' came in from Amazon, what a shame.

I like about the employer

Stable paycheck

I dislike about the employer

Bad executive direction (Satya), still in-fighting across divisions, highly competitive environment uncaring. Overall the company might be increasing functionality in products but decline in reliablity and usability continue to decline. This is directly due to the poor insight and lack of knowledge by upper/executive management.

Company culture
1.00
Support from Management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Level of Autonomy
2.00
Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
1.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
3.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall Compensation for your work
2.00
Office/Work Environment
1.00
Eco-consciousness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
1.00
Job security
1.00
Handicap Accessibility
3.00
Workplace Safety
2.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive/Diverse
1.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered 401(k) is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered 401(k) Match is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • company
    Microsoft Corporation
  • City
    Redmond
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2015
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    IT

There are no statements for this review yet.

Official company statement

The review above has been updated on Jan 31, 2017.

The statement is referring to the following comment submitted earlier:

Suggestions for improvement:

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  • 08.Jan 2017
  • Employee

maneger

3.50

Suggestions for improvement

  • no

I like about the employer

very Comfort

I dislike about the employer

no think

Company culture
3.00
Support from Management
3.00
Teamwork
4.00
Level of Autonomy
3.00
Communication
2.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
4.00
Overall Compensation for your work
3.00
Office/Work Environment
4.00
Eco-consciousness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
4.00
Company Image
4.00
Job security
3.00
Handicap Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive/Diverse
4.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered Parking is offered Ability to work remotely is offered Desirable office location is offered Tuition assistance is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered Paid time off is offered
  • company
    Microsoft Corporation
  • City
    New York City
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    IT

There are no statements for this review yet.

Official company statement

The review above has been updated on Jan 8, 2017.

The statement is referring to the following comment submitted earlier:

Suggestions for improvement:

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  • 26.Feb 2017
  • Employee
Company culture
5.00
Support from Management
3.00
Teamwork
4.00
Level of Autonomy
5.00
Communication
5.00
Gender Equality
2.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
5.00
Overall Compensation for your work
2.00
Office/Work Environment
5.00
Eco-consciousness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
1.00
Job security
1.00
Handicap Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
1.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive/Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered Parking is offered Easy access to public transportation is offered Stock or equity options is offered 401(k) is offered Reimbursed daycare is offered Ability to work remotely is offered Desirable office location is offered Tuition assistance is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Relocation allowance is offered Life insurance is offered
  • company
    Microsoft Corporation
  • City
    Redmond
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Management/executive staff
  • Department
    Research/development

There are no statements for this review yet.

Official company statement

The review above has been updated on Feb 26, 2017.

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Suggestions for improvement:

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  • 22.Feb 2017
  • Employee

Suggestions for improvement

  • consider the personal side of your financial driven decisions.

I like about the employer

decent pay check

I dislike about the employer

at 61 years old I was laid off, with no opportunities for someone my age I was left to live on my savings. No respect for career time and age!

Company culture
1.00
Support from Management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Level of Autonomy
1.00
Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall Compensation for your work
3.00
Office/Work Environment
3.00
Eco-consciousness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
2.00
Company Image
2.00
Job security
1.00
Handicap Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive/Diverse
1.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered 401(k) is offered Desirable office location is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • company
    Microsoft Corporation
  • City
    San Diego
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2013
  • Position
    Management/executive staff
  • Department
    Research/development

There are no statements for this review yet.

Official company statement

The review above has been updated on Feb 22, 2017.

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Suggestions for improvement:

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  • 22.Feb 2017
  • Employee

Career Development

Basically getting promoted in Microsoft is knowing the right person, in the right place at the right time. Even if you deserve a promotion, they have numerous ways of pushing it to the next review cycle - typically given reason is "budget doesn't justify it" - yet the company has $100B in cash in the bank.

Work-Life Balance

Work life balance is nonexistent. Due to poor planning on management and ridiculous deadlines, I found myself working 14-16 hours a day and on weekends.

Job security

There is no such thing as job security in Microsoft. Once you are hired, you are CONSTANTLY in competition with your coworkers at the same level band as you. You'll find that you're fighting to get ahead against people with no social lives, no families, no work/life balance. They work 18 hours a day and that's how they get ahead. If you can't keep up with that, you won't make it in this company.

Inclusive/Diverse

My team and organization is India heavy. I'm all for a diverse workplace, but when one group of people begin to show nepotism in job offers/hiring/promotions, then we have a problem.

Suggestions for improvement

  • You still have the stack rank in the review process. Get rid of it. I've seen too many high quality engineers get the boot because they didn't want to keep climbing the ladder. They did outstanding work at their level and were fine staying in that position with lower bonus/stock for year end.

I like about the employer

Compensation was fair, chance to work on the latest and greatest technologies, they employ some of the smartest people in the industry.

I dislike about the employer

It's setup to hire young, work you to death and then spit you out when you can't compete anymore. There's no such thing as company/employee loyalty or value of seniority or senior knowledge.

Company culture
3.00
Support from Management
3.00
Teamwork
4.00
Level of Autonomy
4.00
Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
1.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall Compensation for your work
4.00
Office/Work Environment
4.00
Eco-consciousness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
2.00
Company Image
4.00
Job security
2.00
Handicap Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
2.00
Inclusive/Diverse
3.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered Parking is offered Stock or equity options is offered 401(k) is offered Ability to work remotely is offered Tuition assistance is offered 401(k) Match is offered Paid time off is offered Relocation allowance is offered
  • company
    Microsoft Corporation
  • City
    Redmond
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2016
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Research/development

There are no statements for this review yet.

Official company statement

The review above has been updated on Feb 22, 2017.

The statement is referring to the following comment submitted earlier:

Suggestions for improvement:

- {[ imp.improvement ]}

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  • 22.Feb 2017
  • Employee

Office/Work Environment

It's getting worse as they build the new offices with open concept.

Job security

There is no job security here. You can be reorged or moved to a different role/group at any time.

Suggestions for improvement

  • DON'T HIRE FORMER AMAZON MANAGEMENT OR EXECS. They are ruining the culture of Microsoft and making the environment miserable for everyone.

I like about the employer

You can really do some work that impacts the company and provides value. They provide you with all the tools you just have to bring the talent.

I dislike about the employer

I was hired into one role. 2 weeks later moved into another. And 3 months later moved to a newly forming team that was a total skill mismatch. This happens quite frequently within Microsoft and you have little to no control over it.

Company culture
4.00
Support from Management
2.00
Teamwork
2.00
Level of Autonomy
4.00
Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
1.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall Compensation for your work
3.00
Office/Work Environment
3.00
Eco-consciousness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
1.00
Job security
1.00
Handicap Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive/Diverse
3.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered Easy access to public transportation is offered Stock or equity options is offered 401(k) is offered 401(k) Match is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • company
    Microsoft Corporation
  • City
    Redmond
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2016
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    IT

There are no statements for this review yet.

Official company statement

The review above has been updated on Feb 22, 2017.

The statement is referring to the following comment submitted earlier:

Suggestions for improvement:

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  • 09.Feb 2017
  • Employee

Bing Ads

3.83

Suggestions for improvement

  • Include everyone on the team. Don't play favorites. Do a better job mentoring new managers so they are setup for success. Be nice. Be positive. Don't always be looking to ding your direct reports. Build trust. Be a respected leader.

I like about the employer

Pretty good benefits, although not as generous as previous years. Great work flexibility to work remotely in most groups, or flex schedule to work around life. Great company pride & reputation, and always something fun one can get involved in. Very talented and passionate employees.

I dislike about the employer

The review process (now called quarterly connects), can be painful. Always looking to ding employees on something rather than celebrate wins. Tough to get your foot in the door as an FTE. Too many meetings which takes away time for work. Always expected to be looking for the next job, so little support for employees wanting to keep doing the same thing as a career they may love, as that may be looked down upon depending on the role.

Company culture
4.00
Support from Management
3.00
Teamwork
4.00
Level of Autonomy
4.00
Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
2.00
Career Development
3.00
Overall Compensation for your work
3.00
Office/Work Environment
3.00
Eco-consciousness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
4.00
Company Image
4.00
Job security
3.00
Handicap Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive/Diverse
4.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered Parking is offered Easy access to public transportation is offered Stock or equity options is offered 401(k) is offered Ability to work remotely is offered Desirable office location is offered Tuition assistance is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered 401(k) Match is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • company
    Microsoft
  • City
    Seattle
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2015
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Others

There are no statements for this review yet.

Official company statement

The review above has been updated on Feb 9, 2017.

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Suggestions for improvement:

- {[ imp.improvement ]}

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  • 22.Feb 2017
  • Employee
Company culture
5.00
Support from Management
5.00
Teamwork
5.00
Level of Autonomy
5.00
Communication
5.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
5.00
Overall Compensation for your work
5.00
Office/Work Environment
5.00
Eco-consciousness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
4.00
Company Image
5.00
Job security
5.00
Handicap Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive/Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered Easy access to public transportation is offered Stock or equity options is offered 401(k) is offered Tuition assistance is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • company
    Microsoft Corporation
  • City
    Redmond
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Research/development

There are no statements for this review yet.

Official company statement

The review above has been updated on Feb 22, 2017.

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Suggestions for improvement:

- {[ imp.improvement ]}

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  • 28.Feb 2017
  • Employee

Teamwork

Big on teamwork. Daily stand-ups are very helpful.

Attitude towards older colleagues

I was let go after a week because the team lead and team leader didn't like older software developers(I was 60). Of course they said it was because I couldn't learn their systems fast enough. When in fact, I was bugging them to work w/me and answer questions. No one would. It was very hurtful to be fired for being too old.

Not all teams are like this tho. Most are very good people and a dream to work with.

Career Development

Many opportunities for advancing your career.

Company culture
5.00
Support from Management
4.00
Teamwork
5.00
Level of Autonomy
5.00
Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
4.00
Overall Compensation for your work
4.00
Office/Work Environment
4.00
Eco-consciousness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
4.00
Company Image
5.00
Job security
3.00
Handicap Accessibility
3.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive/Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered Parking is offered Easy access to public transportation is offered Stock or equity options is offered 401(k) is offered Ability to work remotely is offered Desirable office location is offered Tuition assistance is offered 401(k) Match is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Relocation allowance is offered Life insurance is offered
  • company
    Microsoft Corporation
  • City
    Seattle
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2013
  • Position
    Temporary
  • Department
    IT

There are no statements for this review yet.

Official company statement

The review above has been updated on Feb 28, 2017.

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Suggestions for improvement:

- {[ imp.improvement ]}

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Company culture

Lot's of really smart people, pushing for amazing things.

Support from Management

Way too many Directors who destroy great opportunities over pissing contest.

Teamwork

When I worked there, too many 5% in management fighting to get acknowledged for their work. I've seen some great ideas just die.

Communication

They liked to say "lets have an open forum". If you speak out on what's wrong, you will get canned.

Office/Work Environment

The business practice of hiring consultants for 18 months then, barring them for 6, does NOT FOSTER creativity. They don't have a vested interest in the company. Why would they care about a product to market, if the company is NOT invested in them.

Work-Life Balance

Don't kid yourself, you will work 60 hours a week plus.

Company Image

You just know based on the business platform. Don't buy anything from the first product release.

Job security

No security, management has ways of getting rid of you, without going through the process. Plus they will just invest in a consultant.

Workplace Safety

I always felt safe, we worked crazy hours, you're never really alone.

Challenging Work

As an FTE, I was very proud to work there. You'll learn life experiences that Wharton Business school can't teach you.

Inclusive/Diverse

This company could not be less diverse. Oh they have zillions of Asians and Indians. African Americans.. not really.

Suggestions for improvement

  • You should invest IN FTE's. this hiring of consultants for 18 months and kicking them out, does not cultivate products to market that work! They don't have an investment as an FTE in the products. Really need to rethink this business practice.
  • No one should be terminated with a DO NOT HIRE without going though a process of elimination. No one person should determine that decission.

I like about the employer

It was like running with wolfs! The brain power at the company is crazy!!! A lot of smart people, who were stuck in a glass sealing job.

I dislike about the employer

Too large, slow process to get new products to market. Your ideas will get stolen and someone else will take credit for them.

Company culture
4.00
Support from Management
1.00
Teamwork
4.00
Level of Autonomy
4.00
Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
2.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
3.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall Compensation for your work
4.00
Office/Work Environment
3.00
Eco-consciousness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
3.00
Company Image
3.00
Job security
1.00
Handicap Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive/Diverse
1.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered Parking is offered Easy access to public transportation is offered Stock or equity options is offered 401(k) is offered Tuition assistance is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • company
    Microsoft Corporation
  • City
    Seattle
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2016
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Administration

There are no statements for this review yet.

Official company statement

The review above has been updated on Feb 22, 2017.

The statement is referring to the following comment submitted earlier:

Suggestions for improvement:

- {[ imp.improvement ]}

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Review averages

  • 135 employees say

    Very good (62)
    45.925925925926%
    Good (36)
    26.666666666667%
    Satisfactory (22)
    16.296296296296%
    Sufficient (15)
    11.111111111111%
    3.68
  • 1 applicant says

    Very good (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Sufficient (1)
    100%
    1.00

kununu score comparisons

Microsoft Corporation
3.66
136 reviews

Industry average (IT)
3.60
100,987 reviews

kununu average
3.12
1,501,000 reviews