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Review averages

  • 151 employees say

    Excellent (67)
    44.370860927152%
    Good (41)
    27.152317880795%
    Satisfactory (26)
    17.218543046358%
    Subpar (17)
    11.258278145695%
    3.65
  • 1 applicant says

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (1)
    100%
    1.00

Reviews for Microsoft Corporation

Reviews - What employees say

3.65 Employees say
1.00 Applicants say
  • 28.Feb 2017 (Last edit 05.Mar 2017)
  • Employee

Company culture

Great culture here. Most teams are extraordinary. A few have problems. Talk to as many ppl on the team as possible when applying.

Teamwork

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

Gender Equality

Very good at gender equality.

Attitude towards older colleagues

I was let go after 1 week because the team lead didn't like older software developers(I was 60). I had a good case for age discrimination but let it go.

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 give me tasks. But after I met the team lead on my 1st day NO ONE would work with me anymore(even the team member that hired me was unavailable). They had decided to give me no work and then say I was slow to startup.

It was very hurtful to be fired for being too old.

Not all teams are like this tho. The other teams at MS are great ppl. Most are a dream to work with.

Career Development

Many opportunities for advancing your career.

Work-Life Balance

I never felt pressure to work extra hours although it does happen depending on the team. I always got a cheerful approval when requesting time away for personal/family business.

Challenging Work

I'm very proud of my work dating back to 2006 at MS. Plenty of challenging projects!

Inclusive/Diverse

Yes. Absolutely.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Obey hiring laws. Stop age discrimination. Hiring interviews should be done by employees that speak excellent English.

What I like about the company

large steady company. Teams have autonomy. Most employees are great people. Work from home(software developers). Flex time. Great food in cafeteria. Free rides to/from work. Many perks.

What I dislike about the company

Teams have too much autonomy. Some hiring managers only hire workers from India/Pakistan. Some do not speak good English and interviews can become a nightmare.

Company culture
4.00
Support from Management
3.00
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
3.00
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 Paid Parental Leave 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

There are no statements for this review yet.

Company response

The review above has been updated on Mar 5, 2017.

The statement is referring to the following comment submitted earlier:

Suggestions for improvement:

- {[ imp.improvement ]}

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  • 28.Dec 2016
  • Employee

Teamwork

Microsoft has always been known for having great teams of people who dedicate their knowledge to helping the company move forward. I had the opportunity to meet some wonderful people working here and could't be happier with all of the great people there.

Company Image

Microsoft has always had a good image and strive to provide excellence in all their products and services. Also they do great things for the community and will continue to provide the best products.

What I like about the company

The pay is great and the people are awesome.

What I dislike about the company

Nothing.

Company culture
0.00
Support from Management
0.00
Teamwork
5.00
Level of Autonomy
0.00
Communication
0.00
Gender Equality
0.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
0.00
Career Development
0.00
Overall Compensation for your work
0.00
Office/Work Environment
0.00
Eco-consciousness
0.00
Work-Life Balance
0.00
Company Image
5.00
Job security
0.00
Handicap Accessibility
0.00
Workplace Safety
0.00
Challenging Work
0.00
Inclusive/Diverse
0.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered 401(k) is offered Ability to work remotely is offered Desirable office location 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
    Charlotte
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    IT

There are no statements for this review yet.

Company response

The review above has been updated on Dec 28, 2016.

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Suggestions for improvement:

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  • 19.Dec 2016
  • Employee

Company culture

Great

Support from Management

good

Teamwork

very well

Level of Autonomy

Knowledge led

Communication

good service

Gender Equality

Equal

Attitude towards older colleagues

Awesome

Career Development

great development you can work your way up

Overall Compensation for your work

Great compensation

Office/Work Environment

Great

Eco-consciousness

Cool

Work-Life Balance

Ehhh

Company Image

Has a good public image

Job security

Great no layoffs

Handicap Accessibility

Yes has proper needs for handicap

Workplace Safety

great safety

Challenging Work

Yes and its great

Inclusive/Diverse

Very inclusive, with a diverse atmoshpere

Suggestions for improvement

  • Help employees more often, and dont overwork the employees. Or quality of life could drop.

What I like about the company

Its has a good work atmosphere for the employees, and they genuinely care about workers.

What I dislike about the company

Its not the brightest looking work place.

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
4.00
Office/Work Environment
4.00
Eco-consciousness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
3.00
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 Ability to work remotely is offered Desirable office location is offered 401(k) Match is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered
  • Company
    Microsoft Corporation
  • City
    Boise
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Not specified
  • Position
    not specified

There are no statements for this review yet.

Company response

The review above has been updated on Dec 19, 2016.

The statement is referring to the following comment submitted earlier:

Suggestions for improvement:

- {[ imp.improvement ]}

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  • 18.Dec 2016
  • Employee

Suggestions for improvement

  • nope

What I like about the company

They have products in a multitude of areas, and in most of those areas millions or even billions of people use them. Work diversity AND market presence!
They’ve got a lot of smart people working there, and you can learn a lot from them. I know I have.
You can move to work in wildly different areas over the years without losing seniority or worrying about your pay. I did Windows, IE for Unix, Flight Simulator, peer-to-peer, touch mouse, research, distributed file systems (cosmos) and now cloud computing (Azure compute). It’s awesome.
Good pay, great benefits, awesome work environment, and really nice area to live in (Redmond / eastside), at least for the things I value.
Some of the greatest luminaries in computer science work there.
They have HoloLens.

What I dislike about the company

Too much competition

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

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Microsoft Corporation
  • City
    San Francisco
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2015
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    IT

There are no statements for this review yet.

Company response

The review above has been updated on Dec 18, 2016.

The statement is referring to the following comment submitted earlier:

Suggestions for improvement:

- {[ imp.improvement ]}

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  • 15.Dec 2016
  • Employee

Company culture

If you are a FTE, then you are good to go. I was not.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Why train a person to learn the job, only to let them go after 18 months, once they are comfortable and able to do the job.

What I like about the company

If you live close and enjoy working on the phone with customers, this is a great place. Low cost food options and free beverages were very nice.

What I dislike about the company

I was a consultant or orange badge, so I was making 1/2 or less what the FTE's or blue badges made for doing the same work, with no benefits. Advice to others taking a consultant position are to update resume with the Microsoft name, learn what you can, and find a FT job elsewhere.

Company culture
3.00
Support from Management
4.00
Teamwork
3.00
Level of Autonomy
5.00
Communication
2.00
Gender Equality
4.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
4.00
Overall Compensation for your work
3.00
Office/Work Environment
2.00
Eco-consciousness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
4.00
Company Image
3.00
Job security
3.00
Handicap Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive/Diverse
4.00
  • Company
    Microsoft Corporation
  • City
    Charlotte
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2016
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    IT

There are no statements for this review yet.

Company response

The review above has been updated on Dec 15, 2016.

The statement is referring to the following comment submitted earlier:

Suggestions for improvement:

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  • 17.Nov 2016
  • Employee

Company culture

Lots of meetings, brainstorming and big bold goals

Support from Management

Lots of mechanisms for communication--meetings, memos...dynamic org structure is not for everyone...staying ahead and maintaining ties with management isn't easy when it changes annually.

Teamwork

Commitments rend to be individual and not dependent upon your closest team members.

Level of Autonomy

If you do your job, your given space to do your job.

Communication

Depends on your manager and how well they lead using communication.

Gender Equality

As a female I never felt held back for that reason.

Career Development

You own your path.

Overall Compensation for your work

Stock lately helps

Office/Work Environment

Clean but not yet as dynamic and fun as it could be....and as seen in their overseas offices.

Eco-consciousness

Online is obviously helping with this

Work-Life Balance

Most people make friends at work and think working all the time is life....so not so balanced if you have or want to succeed in life and work.

Challenging Work

Depending on your role....you will always have opportunities to challenge yourself. There are no babysitters of your career.

Inclusive/Diverse

Only as good as its managers.

Company culture
5.00
Support from Management
4.00
Teamwork
3.00
Level of Autonomy
5.00
Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
2.00
Career Development
4.00
Overall Compensation for your work
4.00
Office/Work Environment
3.00
Eco-consciousness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
3.00
Company Image
4.00
Job security
3.00
Handicap Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
5.00
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 Tuition assistance 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
    Seattle
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2013
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Marketing/product management

There are no statements for this review yet.

Company response

The review above has been updated on Nov 17, 2016.

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Suggestions for improvement:

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  • 27.Oct 2016
  • Employee

Company culture

The management is pretty random and disorganized. Everyone is out for themselves. Not a lot of support or direction.

Support from Management

Not at all. There are no sound decisions being made. They change their minds and waste time

Teamwork

Individual employees have good rapport and teamwork but there is only so much they can do without strong managers

Level of Autonomy

Mostly. Except in Reno

Attitude towards older colleagues

Never! You have to be under 30 to get a job

Career Development

Only if you will move to Redmond

Overall Compensation for your work

Pay is good but not in the long run considering all they expect

Work-Life Balance

They act like you have balance but you are expected to be "on" at all times and you are judged by how long it takes you to answer emails.

Job security

None. They randomly lay people off that are good performers

Challenging Work

Most of the work turns out to be a waste of time. We spin our wheels and go to meetings more than any real work.

Inclusive/Diverse

If you are a non-white you will definitely be hired. They value pretending to be all inclusive over hiring the right people.

Company culture
1.00
Support from Management
1.00
Teamwork
3.00
Level of Autonomy
4.00
Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
1.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
2.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall Compensation for your work
1.00
Office/Work Environment
3.00
Eco-consciousness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
1.00
Job security
1.00
Handicap Accessibility
1.00
Workplace Safety
0.00
Challenging Work
1.00
Inclusive/Diverse
2.00

The following benefits were offered to me

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
    Reno
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Others

There are no statements for this review yet.

Company response

The review above has been updated on Oct 27, 2016.

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Suggestions for improvement:

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  • 01.Oct 2016
  • Employee

Attitude towards older colleagues

Be prepared to be "Managed Out" if you are over 45 old and with the company for over 10 years - It's happening ALL OVER MSFT!

Inclusive/Diverse

Be prepared to be "Managed Out" if you are over 45 old and with the company for over 10 years - It's happening ALL OVER MSFT!

What I dislike about the company

Massive elimination of tenured employees that are individual contributors over 45 with 10+ years at the company (READ - The expensive ones)

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

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 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
    Seattle Hill
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Distribution/sales

There are no statements for this review yet.

Company response

The review above has been updated on Oct 1, 2016.

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Suggestions for improvement:

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  • 18.Sep 2016
  • Employee

Company culture

Good

Level of Autonomy

I can work independently.

Communication

yes

Gender Equality

I believe to company supports gender equality.

Attitude towards older colleagues

I work with people who are half my age but that has not presented to be a problem.

Career Development

I just started with the company less than 6 months ago but from what I've seen they cultivate personal development.

Overall Compensation for your work

I find my pay to be in-line with my work responsibilities.

Office/Work Environment

The office is comfortable

Eco-consciousness

The company is environmentally conscious.

Work-Life Balance

The work schedules are flexible.

Company Image

I feel the company has a strong brand.

Job security

In this category I am a

Challenging Work

I feel challenged in my work.

Inclusive/Diverse

I find the company in support of diverse ideas.

What I like about the company

I always wanted to work for Microsoft and now that I am an employee I must say I am really enjoying it.

What I dislike about the company

Nothing

Company culture
4.00
Support from Management
4.00
Teamwork
4.00
Level of Autonomy
5.00
Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
4.00
Overall Compensation for your work
5.00
Office/Work Environment
4.00
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
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 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
    San Francisco
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Finance

There are no statements for this review yet.

Company response

The review above has been updated on Sep 18, 2016.

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Suggestions for improvement:

- {[ imp.improvement ]}

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  • 06.Sep 2016
  • Employee

Company culture

Zero sum, somebody has to lose for somebody to win

Support from Management

Goals are set, held accountable, and ignored based on you being in a clique or out.

Teamwork

At the lower levels not the higher levels.

Level of Autonomy

Depends on your level and your clique.

Communication

Depends, high level is great, mid level is week, low level is good.

Gender Equality

If you are a women you have access to mentoring, if you are a male it is much harder.

Attitude towards older colleagues

The average life of a senior hire is under 2 years. I knew of very very few older colleagues that were employees, most got driven out and brought back as consultants.

Career Development

For young employees or selected minorities it is exceptional, others not so much.

Overall Compensation for your work

Pay is outstanding if you can deal with the rest.

Office/Work Environment

Best facilities I have ever seen.

Eco-consciousness

Highest I have ever seen.

Work-Life Balance

Non existent.

Company Image

Over all pretty good. But has a well earned reputation for being cut throat.

Job security

Not any longer.

Handicap Accessibility

Very good

Workplace Safety

Very good.

Challenging Work

The problems are challenging, but you are not empowered to fix them.

Inclusive/Diverse

Over compensating. Diverse but not valuing of white males.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Focus on how employees get treated by management. Weed out the managers by how they treat people. Don't rely on HR, they are not part of the solution.

What I like about the company

It was a great physical environment. The benefits were amazing. The technology was breathtaking.

What I dislike about the company

It was a cut throat environment. People undermine each other, the good old Microsofties are like a gang. If you aren't in the gang the rules are very different. Integrity to the customers is great, integrity between employees is very low.

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

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 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 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?
    Former job since 2015
  • Position
    Management/executive staff
  • Department
    IT

There are no statements for this review yet.

Company response

The review above has been updated on Sep 6, 2016.

The statement is referring to the following comment submitted earlier:

Suggestions for improvement:

- {[ imp.improvement ]}

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Review averages

  • 151 employees say

    Excellent (67)
    44.370860927152%
    Good (41)
    27.152317880795%
    Satisfactory (26)
    17.218543046358%
    Subpar (17)
    11.258278145695%
    3.65
  • 1 applicant says

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (1)
    100%
    1.00

kununu score comparisons

Microsoft Corporation
3.63
152 reviews

Industry average (IT)
3.61
110,442 reviews

kununu average
3.12
1,624,000 reviews