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Review averages

  • 330 employees say

    Excellent (199)
    60.30303030303%
    Good (72)
    21.818181818182%
    Satisfactory (35)
    10.606060606061%
    Subpar (24)
    7.2727272727273%
    3.93
  • 5 applicants say

    Excellent (4)
    80%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (1)
    20%
    4.00

Company summary

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Microsoft refers to Microsoft Corp. and its affiliates, including Microsoft Mobile Oy, a subsidiary of Microsoft. Microsoft Mobile Oy develops, manufactures and distributes Lumia and Asha and Nokia X mobile phones and other devices.


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Who we are

Company outlook

At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Our mission is grounded in both the world in which we live and the future we strive to create. Today, we live in a mobile-first, cloud-first world, and the transformation we are driving across our businesses is designed to enable Microsoft and our customers to thrive in this world. We do business in 170 countries and are made up of 114,000 passionate employees dedicated to fulfilling our mission of helping you and your organization achieve more.

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Benefits

Benefits and Perks


A culture of wellness and balance

Benefits play an important role in your choice of an employer. That’s why we work hard to make sure our benefits reflect the changing needs and wants of our people, and it’s why we provide many industry-leading benefits to our employees who rely on them. Our goal is to empower you with the resources, incentives, and flexibility you need to enjoy success on the job and to live a healthy, balanced life.

Learn more about our benefit offerings for employees in the U.S. If you are seeking employment with Microsoft outside of the US, please consult with your local recruiter for more detail on the benefits offered in your country of employment. 

Career development

At Microsoft, you’ll have an amazing range of opportunities. You might become an expert in a particular field or build proficiencies across many areas. You might be an individual contributor or become a manager. Because we have so many kinds of jobs in so many different places, you can stay in one building, city, or country, or you can cross borders—in person, or virtually.

Your career and professional development is a partnership between you and your manager, reinforced by our numerous career resources. And as much as we’re here to support you, we believe your career is an individual adventure. You drive your career development plan while your manager assists and coaches you, and we provide a framework with the tools and resources you need to succeed.

One thing is certain, you’ll never stand still at Microsoft.



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Our philosophy: an individual adventure

Defined roles. Each of our jobs has clear requirements for success but lots of room to push boundaries and grow. Managers provide ongoing support, but ultimately you are empowered to shape your personal experience and chart your own career path. You can go deep in an area of expertise, or move across functions or businesses to experience a breadth of opportunity.

Career path options. You don’t have to be a manager to move up. Both individual contributor and management careers progress all the way through senior levels—we highly value both.

Movement between job families. We define desired results and consistently apply them for all job families available across our teams. This makes it easy for you to learn about each job family and identify and develop.

Our career guide

A clear way to manage your career. Our career guide is a tool that describes careers across the company and provides visibility to those opportunities to help you manage your career. The career guide helps you understand the skills and capabilities that contribute to success in today’s environment, and provides a variety of ways to develop both in role and for your future career. As part of your development, you’ll have the option to engage in some 2,000 training programs taught by instructors from leading educational institutions and offered online, virtually, or in classrooms around the globe. You can’t beat the level of investment we place on career development.


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Mentoring & networking

Connections to help us grow. At Microsoft we share knowledge, experiences, and resources to help each other achieve our career goals and grow both professionally and personally.

Mentoring allows you to learn from the experiences of professionals within and outside of your own area of expertise, and to build a network to help find opportunities that can promote your development. Mentoring is a great way to make a big company feel smaller—and its opportunities more accessible—to each of us.

Employee resource groups, networks and social groups allow people with common interests or backgrounds to connect with each other. Do you love pets, vegetarian cooking, or the environment? Do you share a cultural background or special need with other employees? Chances are you’ll find a network of people with similar interests and/or needs at Microsoft, and you can connect with them as you develop your career and lifestyle. Being a part of the Microsoft community is a rich, fulfilling experience.



Diversity and inclusion

The heart of our business. Microsoft has always been about recognizing the value that different life experiences and viewpoints bring to our business. We seek out people from diverse backgrounds and encourage them to take risks and approach challenges unconventionally.

Learn about diversity and inclusion at Microsoft

See our open roles in disability hiring


Corporate citizenship

Global reach. Local impact. Microsoft has a responsibility, based on our mission and values, to promote social and economic opportunity in the communities where we work, live, and do business. That’s why we collaborate with governments and community organizations to address societal needs. Our commitment to enabling societal change and upholding the highest standards of business conduct are a part of what make us proud about working at Microsoft. With the support of our employees and in alliance with our many partners, we will continue to make positive and lasting contributions to society.

Learn about corporate citizenship at Microsoft

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For applicants

What we offer

What is special about working for us?

At Microsoft, we believe that our continued success depends on the diverse skills, experiences, and backgrounds that our employees bring to the company. To help foster diversity and inclusion, Microsoft has a rich community of Employee Resource Groups (ERG) and Employee Networks (EN). These organizations provide career development, support, networking opportunities, mentoring, community participation, product input, and assistance in activities that promote cultural awareness. Their programs include speaker series, scholarship programs, community service, development conferences, and heritage celebrations.

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How would we describe the company culture?

Mission and Culture

Empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. That’s what inspires us, drives our work and pushes us to challenge the status quo every day. At Microsoft we also work to empower our employees so they can achieve more. We believe we should each find meaning in our work and we ensure employees have the freedom and the reach to help make a difference in the world.

Growth mindset: At Microsoft, we’re insatiably curious and always learning. We ask questions, take risks and build on each other’s ideas, because we are better together. We lean in to uncertainty, take risks and move quickly when we make mistakes, because we know that failure happens along the way to innovation and breakthrough. 

Customer obsessed: We are passionate about helping our customers achieve more, and that means we really listen and learn from them. We bring solutions that don’t just meet the needs of customers and their businesses, they often surprise and delight them. Then we innovate further to give them even more.

Diversity and inclusion: We don’t just value differences, we seek them out. We invite them in. Microsoft is a place where employees can be who they are. We value diverse perspectives. And as a result, we have better ideas, better products and happier customers.

One Microsoft: We are a family of individuals at a truly global company, united by a single mission. We work together, building on each other’s ideas and collaborating across boundaries to bring the best of Microsoft to our customers and the world. 

Making a difference: Our employees have access to the latest technology and tools, the power to build on the company’s far-reaching momentum and the drive to change the world. We can make a difference. Together, we can help billions of people around the globe use digital technology to achieve amazing things.

We know where we’re going as a company and how we’ll get there. We are committed to reinvent productivity and business processes, build the intelligent cloud platform and create more personal computing. These three goals are interconnected, they’re bold—and they’re why we are always looking to bring even more brilliant and creative people to our team.

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What else should applicants know about us?

Inclusive Hiring for People with Disabilities

From the very first days of our company, Microsoft has sought to enable individuals and organizations around the world to do great things.

Our Mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. One of the ways we will fulfill this ambition is through an unwavering commitment to a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture.

We are on a journey to leverage the strength of our diverse workforce through greater inclusion. Being inclusive is not something we simply do, but rather, it stands for who we are. In other words, where we are along our journey determines who we are as a company and gives meaning to the culture we are building at Microsoft.

The diversity of our workforce and inclusion of talented people from different backgrounds is the fuel that keeps the engines of innovation and growth running. This is essential to our long-term success. In order to build the best products for everyone, we need to have a diverse and inclusive workforce across all abilities. For example, in the case for autism, we know there is an untapped pool of talent with skills aligned to the work we are doing every day at Microsoft.

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Reviews - What employees say

3.93 Employees say
4.00 Applicants say

Suggestions for improvement

  • Write code. Write in any language you want, and then write in another one. Write code that gets reviewed at some point–even if it’s just a fellow programmer. Hiring managers at large companies see hundreds of resumes of people who just do the course-work. Being the person who does well in class and then does extra work will get you the job

What I like about the company

One of the main challenges to staying on the leading edge of technology is also the best thing about the job: you’ll always be learn something new. Many times when a major company comes out with new technology my job will change to match it. New operating systems require new software to be written. New hardware requires tweaks to existing software. There is always something new to learn.

Generally I can choose the direction of my studies and research, which allows me to follow my interests. Can’t ask for much more than that. If you want an easy job that doesn’t require much effort, go work at Walmart. Engineering is a difficult field and takes dedication to reach the higher levels. Getting there is rewarding and once you’re doing well, it’s a good life

What I dislike about the company

It can be a very fast-paced and stressful job at times. Some weeks I work over 100 hours. Getting past a difficult technical hurdle or handling a difficult user or customer can be tough. No one ever asks me to do something simple or something that has been done already. No answers are found online in forums or in sample code–that’s why I get paid well to do my job. I have to take my own understanding of software and hardware and design a comprehensive solution to a problem. The challenge is to not get burnt out and to keep having great ideas that you can follow through and execute a real-world solution.

Company Culture
4.00
Support from management
5.00
Teamwork
5.00
Freedom to work independently
5.00
Internal Communication
5.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
2.00
Career Development
5.00
Overall compensation for your work
5.00
Office / Work Environment
5.00
Environmental Friendliness
2.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
5.00
Handicapped Accessibility
3.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
5.00
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 Ability to work remotely is offered Desirable office location 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
    The Microsoft Network L L C
  • City
    Chicago
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Freelance/self-employed

There are no statements for this review yet.

Company response

The review above has been updated on Mar 21, 2018.

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Suggestions for improvement:

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Suggestions for improvement

  • I would make it more like google.

What I like about the company

They have great employee parking
They are very nice people
It is very technologically advanced
They give us many vacation days
There is an on-site cafeteria
They give a lot of employees awards
They pay my heath insurance
They pay my student loans
They are very open
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What I dislike about the company

None because I love my company.

Company Culture
5.00
Support from management
5.00
Teamwork
5.00
Freedom to work independently
4.00
Internal 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
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
5.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
3.00
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 Ability to work remotely is offered Desirable office location 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
  • City
    Dallas
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    C-Suite / Leadership

There are no statements for this review yet.

Company response

The review above has been updated on Mar 17, 2018.

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Suggestions for improvement:

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Suggestions for improvement

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What I like about the company

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What I dislike about the company

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Company Culture
5.00
Support from management
5.00
Teamwork
5.00
Freedom to work independently
5.00
Internal 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
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
5.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered Onsite daycare facility is offered Reimbursed daycare is offered Desirable office location is offered Tuition assistance is offered Paid time off is offered
  • Company
    Microsoft / Inspur Worldwide Services
  • City
    San Antonio
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

There are no statements for this review yet.

Company response

The review above has been updated on Mar 7, 2018.

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Suggestions for improvement:

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  • 13.Feb 2018
  • Employee

Attitude towards older colleagues

Typical tech company. They favor younger people. I've seen many older people go away one way or another over the years.

Overall compensation for your work

Rather than forcing you out cause you performed poorly, they force you out if you're at the bottom.... no matter how well you do.

Work-Life Balance

At least in my department, you are required to work the same number of hours per year as everyone else, regardless of how much vacation you have. So in that sense, the extra vacation benefit is not really a benefit.

Job Security

Unlike companies like Boeing that take care of their loyal employees, Microsoft is like any other tech company. The longer you're here, the more they want to get rid of you.

Challenging Work

It's challenging, especially when you get older. You have to accomplish more to get the same ratings as a younger person.

Inclusive / Diverse

They've been doing a good job increasing the underrepresented minorities, but I question if some of them are qualified for the position.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Don't hire new people just so you can slop off the older people later. Treat your older people with respect and loyalty. Don't trick employees into thinking they have more vacation after 6 or 12 years. You have to make up the hours for the extra time off.

What I like about the company

What I used to like when I was younger was job security and all the opportunities to move to different positions. I'm no longer in that age group.

What I dislike about the company

Like any tech company, they push out the older workers. Don't expect to retire here. They don't care about you once you get near 50. Plan to work into your mid 40s' and find a new company after that.

Company Culture
4.00
Support from management
4.00
Teamwork
4.00
Freedom to work independently
4.00
Internal Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
4.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
3.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
2.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
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 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
  • City
    Seattle
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

There are no statements for this review yet.

Company response

The review above has been updated on Feb 13, 2018.

The statement is referring to the following comment submitted earlier:

Suggestions for improvement:

- {[ imp.improvement ]}

The statement is referring to the review submitted beforehand!



  • 13.Jan 2018
  • Employee
Company Culture
5.00
Support from management
5.00
Teamwork
5.00
Freedom to work independently
3.00
Internal Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
4.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
5.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
4.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
5.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
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 401(k) is offered Reimbursed daycare is offered Ability to work remotely is offered Desirable office location is offered Paid Parental Leave 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 Licensing, GP
  • City
    MIAMI
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

There are no statements for this review yet.

Company response

The review above has been updated on Jan 13, 2018.

The statement is referring to the following comment submitted earlier:

Suggestions for improvement:

- {[ imp.improvement ]}

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  • 06.Jan 2018
  • Employee

Suggestions for improvement

  • In retrospect, I wouldn’t change anything about the first year. I learned a ton about getting people to work together to ship software, even when external circumstances weren’t perfect. I also learned to take really awesome notes. Making great software to the sort of standard that Microsoft holds takes time, and I still regularly use skills I developed that first year.

What I like about the company

I started at Microsoft in July 2010 on a high note.

I worked on a complex feature with Nokia (which still had 60% market share then) for Office Mobile. I felt like I was really achieving. I got to work on complicated feature design with teams in Finland and India. It was a great challenge both technically and organizationally.

It wasn’t perfect. There were the usual bumps that come in a first year of working. My manager and I had to learn how to communicate well together. I had to learn how to gauge what was a big problem versus what would blow over in a day or so.

What I dislike about the company

The downside was that I put a lot of pressure on myself to do well.

There’s a metric in the career-tracking website called “promotion velocity”, and I always felt like if you got off to a slow start, you’d never succeed. I was very concerned about getting promoted to level 60 of Microsoft’s technical career track in the first six months (most college hires begin at 59). I had a few friends who’d been hired at level 60, and I didn’t want to be average. I wanted to be excellent.

Company Culture
5.00
Support from management
5.00
Teamwork
5.00
Freedom to work independently
5.00
Internal Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
4.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
5.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Office / Work Environment
5.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
5.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
3.00
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 401(k) is offered Desirable office location is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Microsoft
  • City
    Houston
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

There are no statements for this review yet.

Company response

The review above has been updated on Jan 6, 2018.

The statement is referring to the following comment submitted earlier:

Suggestions for improvement:

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Suggestions for improvement

  • I would start looking into making the environment more eco friendly and diverse. Some staff should be trained to handle costumer needs better and there should be alterations to make people with disabilities feel more welcome and comfortable. For example, wheelchair ramps.

What I like about the company

There is an abundance of opportunities that come up when working at Microsoft, it is a great company for first delving into the world of technology. Upper management is very pleasant and the safety and experience of the workplaces are very pleasant. The fellow co workers are usually very friendly and are a tight-knit group of pals. Overall my experience working at my current company has been very satisfactory, 10/10

What I dislike about the company

As good of a company Microsoft is, despite their best efforts they could still prove to be a little less eco friendly at times. Lack of diversity and ethnicities is somehing very present at my personal workplace. Employees are easily replaced and moved around.

Company Culture
4.00
Support from management
3.00
Teamwork
4.00
Freedom to work independently
3.00
Internal Communication
5.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
5.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
5.00
Environmental Friendliness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
2.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
2.00
Handicapped Accessibility
2.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
4.00

The following benefits were offered to me

401(k) is offered Onsite daycare facility is offered Flexible spending account is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Microsoft Licensing, GP
  • City
    Cleveland
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

There are no statements for this review yet.

Company response

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

The statement is referring to the following comment submitted earlier:

Suggestions for improvement:

- {[ imp.improvement ]}

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Suggestions for improvement

  • Let those older than 45 keep working. The age discrimination is rampant and disgusting. Those people are experienced. Why force them out?

What I like about the company

I really enjoyed working on Office projects. The people on my team are all very smart and I love that. Not all places have such smart people.

What I dislike about the company

They hate old people and fire them readily. The area is expensive and they won't let you work remotely anymore. I dislike that greatly.

Company Culture
4.00
Support from management
3.00
Teamwork
3.00
Freedom to work independently
3.00
Internal Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
2.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
5.00
Overall compensation for your work
5.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
2.00
Company Image
3.00
Job Security
2.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
3.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered 401(k) is offered Paid time off is offered
  • Company
    Microsoft
  • City
    Seattle
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

There are no statements for this review yet.

Company response

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

The statement is referring to the following comment submitted earlier:

Suggestions for improvement:

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  • 20.Nov 2017
  • Employee

Company Culture

As much as they talk about fixing this, it is still very silo'd. There are tools that each organization makes for themselves, so there can be 15 tools that do similar things, but each organization owns and maintains them. Very redundant and costly.
Many managers do not like to let a person move to another group, because they are good employees and make the manager and team look good. Managers need to understand that a good employee in your group is a great employee in another group where they can add more value to the company.

Support from management

Very dependent on team and manager. Varies from very supportive to zero. Some manager care more about their own career than their employees, some managers will do everything they can to support you and your career. Management classes don't seem to resolve this issue. People are worried about losing their jobs, so they have become very competitive and look out for themselves more than their employees.

Teamwork

This is so dependent on the group. I have worked on some teams that everyone understood that if the team performs well, everyone will do well. I believe in mentors and sharing each others strengths with each other. Some groups like internal competition - not teamwork - to improve the team's performance.

Freedom to work independently

Very dependent on the team and manager. My last manager was in NYC, so she trusted me to work independently. We met weekly and she was always available when I needed to talk to her. But as long as all the work was done, and we continued to get great customer (internal and external) feedback, we were allowed to be independent. Some managers are micro-managers and want control of everything not trusting the employee.

Internal Communication

Lots of communication through the internet and internal websites.

Attitude towards older colleagues

I worked there for over 12 years and was over 55 when I got laid off. If you work there for 15 years and you are 55 or older all of your stock is vested automatically if you leave or are let go. It is very systematic that if you are close to 55 or you have worked there close to 15 years, that suddenly "...you no longer have the skills for the organization..." and therefore do not fit in the company. Time to go! Microsoft saves a lot of money by not paying the employee the future stock they received for excellent performance (I won the Gold Star Award and other awards the year before I was let go)..
I know many, many fellow employees that were in the same situation, so it is not just me. Sad, very sad. when you give your life to the company (working over 60 hours a week, travelling all over the world on my own time, being away from my family), that as you get to be 55 and work there close to 15 years, you are no longer wanted or needed.
The worst part is they are only happy to bring you back as a contractor, since you now know the culture, the people, etc. But, you can only work 18 months without a 6 month break. It's a horrible way to run a business.

Career Development

Very political. If you are a developer or an engineer, career development is great. If you are in the Support Group or administrative, where funding is always squeezed, promotions and career development is much harder. They take care of their developers first, then everyone else.

Overall compensation for your work

Compensation as an FTE was excellent.

Office / Work Environment

Great offices. Nice campuses, great cafeterias. Meeting rooms are nicely updated with large screen monitors and very nice tables and comfortable chairs. Can schedule meeting rooms on-line.

Environmental Friendliness

Very environmentally friendly. Microsoft was one of the first company to separate compost, trash and recycling. Their cafeterias are nearly all compostable material (plates utensils, cups, etc.)

Work-Life Balance

This also depends on the group and manager. Some managers are very flexibly and only want you to complete al of your work on time and with quality, no mater where you do it and when you do it. Working from home makes it easy to do what you may need to do, such as Dr. appointments, and other appointments that can only be done during the day. Most managers trust their employees, but some are micro-managers and want to know what you are doing all of the time and not treated as professionals.

Company Image

Microsoft use to be THE place to work. Now it's just a company that competes with Amazon and Google. I used to be proud to work for Microsoft. Now, when I work there as a contractor, people ask what are they doing these days.

Job Security

Used to be a very secure environment. Now, you can have a meeting with someone one week, and then can't find them in the GAL to set up a follow-up meeting the next week, because they were let go. Everyone there wonders if they will be let go at the next Reduction in Force (RIF). It has nothing to do with performance

Workplace Safety

Can be better. I have often found chairs and desks out in the hallway that can be a safety hazard should there be an emergency.

Challenging Work

It's as challenging as you want to make it. There are always new things going on at Microsoft. Some projects never get out to the public.

Inclusive / Diverse

Very diverse staff. I've met people from all over the world while at Microsoft, which helped me understand different cultures

Suggestions for improvement

  • Appreciate those that are over 55. They have a lot of experience are very reliable and will probably not be looking for a new job every two or three years.

What I like about the company

Flexibility of working from home; most managers I have had have been very understanding of things like personal appointments, and trusts you as long as you get your work done.

What I dislike about the company

TOTAL AGE DISCRIMINATION - It is so obvious, I wonder why Microsoft has not be sued yet. They lay you off but are only happy to bring you back as a contractor, because they know you know the culture, the tools, the systems and the people. So as a contractor you become very valuable. About 50% of the staff at Microsoft are now NOT FTE, which means contractors have roles that carry a lot of responsibility.
Also, a contractor can not work more than 18 months without taking a 6 month break.

Company Culture
4.00
Support from management
4.00
Teamwork
4.00
Freedom to work independently
4.00
Internal Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
4.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall compensation for your work
5.00
Office / Work Environment
5.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
4.00
Company Image
2.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped 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 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
  • City
    Redmond
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Others

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  • 19.Nov 2017
  • Employee

Company Culture

There is no consistent culture in the company

Support from management

Zero support from management, you are droids that are considered expendable

Teamwork

they create an environment where you need consider coworkers competition.

Freedom to work independently

no real support for independent thinking or work.

Internal Communication

you will be the last to hear of anything major

Gender Equality

A women has a hard time advancing.

Attitude towards older colleagues

definitely no old folks there!

Overall compensation for your work

I could have done better

Office / Work Environment

Was great once, no longer

Environmental Friendliness

They try to look like they are

Work-Life Balance

OK, but nothing special

Job Security

you can be walked out the door with no warning.

Inclusive / Diverse

All male in terms of management

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
1.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall compensation for your work
2.00
Office / Work Environment
2.00
Environmental Friendliness
2.00
Work-Life Balance
3.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
2.00
Inclusive / Diverse
2.00

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 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
  • City
    Seattle
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Research/development

There are no statements for this review yet.

Company response

The review above has been updated on Nov 19, 2017.

The statement is referring to the following comment submitted earlier:

Suggestions for improvement:

- {[ imp.improvement ]}

The statement is referring to the review submitted beforehand!




Review averages

  • 330 employees say

    Excellent (199)
    60.30303030303%
    Good (72)
    21.818181818182%
    Satisfactory (35)
    10.606060606061%
    Subpar (24)
    7.2727272727273%
    3.93
  • 5 applicants say

    Excellent (4)
    80%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (1)
    20%
    4.00

kununu score comparisons

Microsoft Corporation
3.93
335 reviews

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150,218 reviews

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