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Review averages

  • 123 employees say

    Very good (58)
    47.154471544715%
    Good (30)
    24.390243902439%
    Satisfactory (20)
    16.260162601626%
    Sufficient (15)
    12.19512195122%
    3.67
  • 1 applicant says

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

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3.67 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:

- {[ imp.improvement ]}

The statement is referring to the review submitted beforehand!



  • 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:

- {[ imp.improvement ]}

The statement is referring to the review submitted beforehand!



  • 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.

The statement is referring to the following comment submitted earlier:

Suggestions for improvement:

- {[ imp.improvement ]}

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  • 22.Feb 2017
  • Employee

Teamwork

Used to be this way, but now it's all about proving everyone else wrong and covering up your mistakes.

Eco-consciousness

Thought it was funny they have recycle bins everywhere, but throw it all into the same dumpster. Dated an MS maid for a while.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Hire Americans first. I know you line your pockets with kickbacks. I was offered some when I led teams.

I like about the employer

Lots of great work going on.

I dislike about the employer

It's a very Indian culture now. Lots of talk, little work. They hire an excessive number of foreign workers, very few US citizens.

Company culture
4.00
Support from Management
3.00
Teamwork
2.00
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
4.00
Office/Work Environment
5.00
Eco-consciousness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
4.00
Company Image
5.00
Job security
3.00
Handicap Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
4.00
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 Onsite daycare facility is offered Reimbursed daycare 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?
    Former job since 2017
  • 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:

- {[ imp.improvement ]}

The statement is referring to the review submitted beforehand!



Company culture

Unfortunately, one cannot give 0 stars, if one could that's how I'd rate Msft-Bing in this respect.

Support from Management

My experience: incompetent, abusive, overall terrible management. All they were good at, were pep talk and political slogans. This does not apply to all of Msft obviously, but very much summarizes my experience with Msft-Bing.

Attitude towards older colleagues

Being older, more accomplished in previous career, and more educated than most of those around you (incl. much of my mgmt. chain) were clearly big minuses, not pluses, in the horrible culture and environment that Bing was while I was there.

Company Image

Initially, I was proud to join Bing. It did not last very long though, once I faced incompetence and abuse/discrimination from the management, all the dirty internal politics, and other aspects of "culture" at Bing which was easily the worst corporate culture from my 10+ yrs of high-tech corporate experience

Challenging Work

The management neither had the competence, nor any real interest in, assigning sensible workloads or guiding people's longer-term career aspirations.

Inclusive/Diverse

Demographically, there was diversity. What was lacking, and was not encouraged at all, was diversity of perspectives and ideas.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Most of lower and mid-level management, incl. folks with titles such as "Principal" whatever, were both abusive and incompetent. This need not be the case with all of Msft or even all of Bing, but it decidedly was the case with the part of Bing to which I was unfortunate to belong.

I like about the employer

Other than some perks and benefits, nothing really (not a single positive thing insofar as culture, management, work-life balance, career growth, internal foul play/politics, how I was treated by the managers, etc.)

I dislike about the employer

Too numerous to list. I hope the culture has changed in the meantime. Incompetent, arrogant and abusive management, sweatshop/slavery mentality, dirty office politics, foul play and gossip instead of genuine collaboration, no correlation between demonstrable results and how is one evaluated, very dictatorial culture / no room for new ideas, differing approaches, no openness, and very little moral integrity among the people who were in my management chain. Overall, I regret the day I joined Bing (but have learned my lesson and have been successful in my career once I was out of there).

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

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered Easy access to public transportation is offered 401(k) 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
    Bellevue
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2013
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Research/development

There are no statements for this review yet.

Official company statement

The review above has been updated on Aug 31, 2016.

The statement is referring to the following comment submitted earlier:

Suggestions for improvement:

- {[ imp.improvement ]}

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  • 20.Jan 2016
  • Employee

Company culture

As a company the issues mentioned here are denounced but at lower levels pockets of doing the opposite exist.

Support from Management

Leadership is unaware of what mid-level management does. Get things done at all costs is the prevailing attitude.

Teamwork

In-fighting, reverse discrimination, kingdom building and job requirement re-writing form business to technical focus is common.

Level of Autonomy

Empowerment is preached and taught but in reality prescriptive management is the only thing that is rewarded.

Gender Equality

Women are often required to work harder then their male counterparts here.

Attitude towards older colleagues

A "get rid" of older employees to make way for the young attitude is pretty common.

Career Development

Career development is preached here but often not supported by first level managers

Overall Compensation for your work

Often employees are kept till bonus time arrives then excuses are used to undercompensate

Office/Work Environment

Infighting in teams and favorite playing by managers is common.

Eco-consciousness

Social giving is renowned.

Work-Life Balance

This is talked up but the reality is that if you don't give up your personal life you will not succeed here.

Job security

Layoffs are constant.

Challenging Work

Work is challenging to a fault - many teams are understaffed and you are often required to wear many hats including those you were not hired to do

Inclusive/Diverse

Reverse-Discrimination is common. An us vs them mentality occurs in many teams

Suggestions for improvement

  • Walk the talk of top management - clean house of middle level managers who have a history of turnover and symptoms of not following company directives/culture.

I like about the employer

Great forward thinking top leadership - good products and history

I dislike about the employer

Infighting, disjointed middle management, job expectations changing without notification, layoffs, reverse-discrimination

Company culture
3.00
Support from Management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Level of Autonomy
2.00
Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
1.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall Compensation for your work
3.00
Office/Work Environment
3.00
Eco-consciousness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
2.00
Job security
1.00
Handicap Accessibility
2.00
Workplace Safety
2.00
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 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?
    Former job since 2013
  • Position
    Others
  • Department
    IT

There are no statements for this review yet.

Official company statement

The review above has been updated on Jan 20, 2016.

The statement is referring to the following comment submitted earlier:

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.

I like about the employer

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

I dislike about the employer

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.

Official company statement

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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  • 17.Mar 2016
  • Employee

Support from Management

What leadership? The person whose initials are R.F. (GM) was best friends with one of the VP's (W.P.) in MSIT. It was laughable. Challenge one of them or bring a great new, innovative idea to the table? Forget about it. Basically if you weren't besties with R.F. or part of the in-crowd, you were pretty much put on a back burner.

Conflict situations? When our GM R.F. met with our new team and manger for the first time, the tension was palpable between them. He deplored her, has zero respect for her or her team. He ultimately declared war on her and at least 4 other people in the org and chased them out. These were top performing people who were essentially set up. Our manager was also chased out and she was a 15 year vet. It was scary, deplorable and incomprehensible that him and HR, Legal could do this, and get away with it. Blatant lies were told about these people.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Psychological testing for anyone at director level and above.

I like about the employer

Big name in the technology industry that is mostly ok for a resume.

I dislike about the employer

There are literally sociopaths and psychopaths running certain departments. It's like a literal crapshoot. You could pick wrong and land some place really bad. That could make you miserable.

Company culture
1.00
Support from Management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Level of Autonomy
1.00
Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
1.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall Compensation for your work
1.00
Office/Work Environment
1.00
Eco-consciousness
1.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
1.00
Job security
1.00
Handicap Accessibility
1.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
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 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?
    Former job since 2007
  • Position
    Others
  • Department
    IT

There are no statements for this review yet.

Official company statement

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

The statement is referring to the following comment submitted earlier:

Suggestions for improvement:

- {[ imp.improvement ]}

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  • 31.Aug 2016
  • Employee

Company culture

The culture at Microsoft is changing but there are still a lot of "old Microsoft' mentalities which create silos between organizations and there is still a high level of ambiguity

Gender Equality

Microsoft is making efforts to reduce the gender pay gap. However, it would be great to see more female representation in leadership roles.

Career Development

Career development really seems to be focused more on manager support and limitations of your current role. While you can transfer internally, including other disciplines and functions, it is not easily achieved.

Overall Compensation for your work

Good base pay and benefits. However, the rewards system has changed multiple times over the years and the most recent performance system may make it difficult for employees to ascertain their performance with their rewards.

Eco-consciousness

Microsoft has recycling and composting bins in all kitchen areas as well as cafeterias.

Work-Life Balance

While benefits offer great time off perks and some organizations allow for flexibility, the workloads have increased while the workforce has decreased after multiple reductions at the company.

I like about the employer

Good compensation and great benefits

I dislike about the employer

Heavy workloads, lack of work/life balance, limitations with career advancement

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

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
    Redmond
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Human resources/recruiting

There are no statements for this review yet.

Official company statement

The review above has been updated on Aug 31, 2016.

The statement is referring to the following comment submitted earlier:

Suggestions for improvement:

- {[ imp.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.

Official company statement

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

The statement is referring to the following comment submitted earlier:

Suggestions for improvement:

- {[ imp.improvement ]}

The statement is referring to the review submitted beforehand!




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Review averages

  • 123 employees say

    Very good (58)
    47.154471544715%
    Good (30)
    24.390243902439%
    Satisfactory (20)
    16.260162601626%
    Sufficient (15)
    12.19512195122%
    3.67
  • 1 applicant says

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

kununu score comparisons

Microsoft Corporation
3.65
124 reviews

Industry average (IT)
3.61
100,022 reviews

kununu average
3.12
1,492,000 reviews