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Review averages

  • 483 employees say

    Excellent (318)
    65.83850931677%
    Good (101)
    20.910973084886%
    Satisfactory (39)
    8.0745341614907%
    Subpar (25)
    5.175983436853%
    4.05
  • 10 applicants say

    Excellent (7)
    70%
    Good (2)
    20%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (1)
    10%
    4.10

Reviews for Microsoft

Reviews - What employees say

4.05 Employees say
4.10 Applicants say

Company Culture

i have good experince for this survey

Support from management

I receive the support I need from management to successfully do my job. Share your thoughts:

Teamwork

Group members share a sense of purpose or common goals that each ... Differences of opinion are encouraged and freely expressed. The ... (working well together with a process to deal with any differences of opinion and .... A bureaucratic leader expects employees to put in an honest day's work for an honest day's pay.

Freedom to work independently

It's up to managers to signal trust in their employees in consistent and thoughtful ways. ... that they are not trusted enough to complete the work independently. ... This can lead to the type of thinking that focuses on only securing ... Managers are often reluctant to share information and explain their decisions ...

Internal Communication

good working skill this survey

Gender Equality

A good society will always respect and give equal opportunity to a woman. Only narrow minded ...

Attitude towards older colleagues

Very few adults say these gender gaps exist where they work. ... It will look at the experiences of men and women in the workplace and address what the public sees as the ... Four-in-ten say society generally treats men and women equally. A slightly larger share (45%) says society favors men over women.

Career Development

transfers if you're not happy with your current position in current department. Management is respectful and cares about your opinion and..

Overall compensation for your work

Figuring out a fair wage is a challenge in any business, Here Inc. columnists share how to keep compensation fair and productive. ... Here are additional insights on compensation from my Inc. colleagues. 1. ... structures tie a meaningful portion of the employee's pay to the overall success of the company.

Office / Work Environment

. of the workplace, lighting and ventilation enables workers to carry out work without risks to health and safety ... the work environment that may affect their health and safety and when making ... If so, this may affect the ideal comfortable air temperature.

Environmental Friendliness

buying, recycling and car-pooling. 3 .... environmental concern as the 'second miracle' of public opinion. The study of Dunlap and ... The result of survey demonstrated only a slight difference between developed countries ... Although developing countries and developed countries share the general increase.

Work-Life Balance

Here are tips on how to help employees achieve the work-life balance they want. This is ... Share, Flip, Pin, Share, Email ... Employers are not responsible for providing work balance for their ... In the best case scenario, these employer choices help you to recruit and retain the superior employees you seek.

Company Image

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA ... The chance to work on a variety of projects where your feedback is encouraged

Job Security

There's no way to make any job stable, but we can still do ... Just erase it from your mind completely because there is no such thing as stable employment. ... If you think that sharing your weekly "Case of the Mondays" post or ..

Handicapped Accessibility

Employers and managers are increasingly realizing the need of ... of people with disability are employed as per statistics available for ... For disabled employees to be fully integrated into a workplace, it is ... Disabled-friendly parking, wheelchair accessible doorways, ramps at .

Workplace Safety

. to share their safety suggestions and concerns with us in order to ensure a .... accident investigation procedures that help prevent similar accident ... We are committed to maintaining a safe working environment and to ..... sturdy boots or shoes, etc.

Challenging Work

i have good experince this survey

Inclusive / Diverse

calls for a diverse body of talent that can bring fresh ideas, perspectives and views to their work. ... An impressive example of this is found on the business cards of employees at one ... people how to resolve conflicts and value diverse opinions helps companies far ...

Suggestions for improvement

  • 7 Ways to Improve Employee Satisfaction: Give Employees More Control ... For instance, employers could offer alternative work schedules such as ... This not only gives employees control over their work environments, but it can ease ... Employees will be able to create a place they enjoy working in rather .Imagine working at Ohara before you get there. Explore the company profile and learn everything from culture to benefits. ... This company does not ... Please include any suggestions or advice (without mentioning specific names or ... culture, and environment, or anything else you would feel could change for the better.In order to be successful, you need a strategy'not scripted answers. ... and the job at hand, the more compelling you will be as a candidate. ... Response: Like any other interview answer, being specific and backing up your answer with a brief ... Your reasons could involve opportunity, career fit, cultural fit, interest in their ... A new employee joins your team excited, motivated and full of new ideas. ... Here at PageUp, we've compiled a list of ideas to help you reboot engagement ... In fact, companies with engaged employees perform 202% better than those ... The factors that drive engagement also can't be applied with a broad ... It can be argued that behavioral questions are the most difficult and ... With all of these sample questions and answers in your hand, you will ... 'I worked on a task where we had to create advertising banners for a car dealer. .... Now I am more open-minded to working with people who do not think like I do.' ... Companies can tap their natural advantage when they focus on ... After all, a company's culture is its basic personality, the essence of how its people interact and work. ... The name of the game is making use of what you cannot change by ... Research shows that companies that use a few specific cultural . Ways to Improve Employee Satisfaction: Give Employees More Control ... For instance, employers could of

What I like about the company

The holidays are a perfect time to reflect on your current job. ... Good balance between your work life and personal life, Variety of ... He has extensive experience with implementing happiness at work in organizations. ... Its really Fanstactics and thank you for sharing ... Event Happy People - Better Business.'I love my job because everyone shares the same vision and is dedicated to the ... and membership societies and I am able to contribute my experience and skills in ... audience to help someone make a positive change in their company or life.Having a job that I love and working for a great company inspired me to figure out what makes a company a great place to work. After doing some ... Share. Go to Top. December 30, 2014 ... These experiences have taught me that the type of work environment I'm in directly impacts both my personal and professional life.In today's post I would like to share my experience and ways to make work in ... employee are a great way to involve people in your company. Building a positive company culture takes high levels of trust, ... beliefs, vision, systems, and habits that an organization and its employees share. ... The experience your employee has in your office environment can play a ... that encompasses your organization's personality will help define your culture.I bring a smile, motivation, and positive energy everywhere I go, and the workplace ... 'I want to hear why your skill set, personality and the special magic you bring ... to a problem or challenge shared during the interview discussion ... how your previous experience or personal skills can benefit the company. Our doors are always open to young people wanting to experience the workplace and see first hand the work that we do. Halima and Hamza joined us from a local London school to do just that and shared their experiences with us. ... 'My work experience at The Career & Enterprise Company.During this journey of 22 years I got opportunity to work in all departments.

What I dislike about the company

Summary and take-aways: Giving constructive feedback to your employees is an essential part of your job. Though you may be hesitant to point out areas in need of improvement, more employees are actually looking for this kind of advice to help them develop and hone their professional skills.Learning how to overcome your fear of constructive feedback will help you to ... Like pieces of a puzzle, the more feedback you receive the clearer the picture will get. ... In their mind, constructive feedback isn't seen as disapproval, but as advice .... Company Culture ' Culture ' Employee Giving Employee Feedback: 7 Ways to Constructively Deliver Bad News ... Part of effective management is providing your personnel with feedback when ... So how can you communicate to your beautiful and unique ... Be direct with your employees, let them know exactly what you disapprove of, how they ...Employee evaluations should not be an exercise in criticism and disapproval. ... If you deliver constructive criticism with a sense of goodwill, your employee should feel ... about how you can improve your performance in one or two areas. ... Adhere to company policy for warnings and disciplinary measures to avoid possible ...Summary and take-aways: Giving constructive feedback to your employees is an essential part of your job. Though you may be hesitant to point out areas in need of improvement, more employees are actually looking for this kind of advice to help them develop and hone their professional skills.Learning how to overcome your fear of constructive feedback will help you to ... Like pieces of a puzzle, the more feedback you receive the clearer the picture will get. ... In their mind, constructive feedback isn't seen as disapproval, but as advice .... Company Culture ' Culture ' Employee Engagement ' Feedback ' Feedback ... Giving Employee Feedback: 7 Ways to Constructively Deliver Bad News ... Part of effective management is providing your personnel with feedback when ... So how can y

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
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
5.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Easy access to public transportation is offered 401(k) is offered Onsite daycare facility is offered Tuition assistance is offered 401(k) Match is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Archway (Microsoft)
  • City
    New York City
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

Health and wellness programs is offered Vehicle allowance is offered Employee events is offered Free Snacks/Drinks is offered

Company Culture

There were some good things about the company culuter, but a lot that was negative. I hear that it has changed for the better since I left.

Support from management

There were some good things about the company culuter, but a lot that was negative. I hear that it has changed for the better since I left.

Teamwork

They certainly paid lip service to this, but at review time, it was a zero sum game, which encouraged employees to stab each other in the back. I've heard they have since changed this policy.

Freedom to work independently

It depends on the employee but, for the most part, if you do your job well, they leave you alone.

Internal Communication

They try to, but they're so big that the message often gets lost.

Gender Equality

Again, they pay lip service to this, but there are very few women in executive positions other than HR and technical writing.

Attitude towards older colleagues

IT's a youth culture.

Career Development

Microsoft offers lots of free seminars to employees and, if you're willing to become who they want you to be, you can advance in your career.

Overall compensation for your work

I received good compensation.

Office / Work Environment

The offices were fine and the amenities were good.

Environmental Friendliness

Everybody has recycle baskets in their office and you are expected to recycle whatever can be recycled.

Work-Life Balance

They always talk about work life balance, but they always demand more results. "Work smarter not harder" is a mantra.

Company Image

Microsoft is very demanding and succeeding there gives you a sense of accomplishment.

Job Security

I'm retired so I don,t have a position there anymore.

Handicapped Accessibility

Not sure about this.

Workplace Safety

There's very little about software development that could be dangerous.

Challenging Work

Microsoft is a demanding place to work. You don't punch the clock, you work until the work is done and, if you succeed, they give you more to do.

Inclusive / Diverse

They certainly value ethnic and cultural diversity, but they expect everybody to strive toward the same "core competencies," which means they really want everybody to think alike and reflect the same values.

Suggestions for improvement

  • I believe they have already addressed the issues I mentioned in the last question. I haven't worked there in over ten years, so I don't know what improvements need to be made today.

What I like about the company

When I first started there, it was a fascinating and challenging place to work. There was so much to learn and people were highly motivated. You could be there working at 2:00 AM because you wanted to finish debugging a program, and there would be other people there working, too. It wasn't because they had to, but because what we were working on was exciting. I got to travel both nationally and internationally to make presentations to custommers or conferences. I had a chance to be creative and to influence the products. I enjoyed challenging myself and being challenged by my work.

What I dislike about the company

I have heard this has changed since I worked there but, at the time, the review system was a zero sum game with winners and losers. This pitted employees at the same ladder level against each other, which doesn't really inspired good teamwork. Also, when you have people reporting to you and your manager decides that someone you think is doing well and making great progress is not doing as well as others at the same ladder level, it's hard to give someone a bad review and "own the message" when you actually think they're doing well.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
2.00
Teamwork
3.00
Freedom to work independently
4.00
Internal Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
3.00
Career Development
4.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Office / Work Environment
5.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
3.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
3.00
Handicapped Accessibility
3.00
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 Stock or equity options is offered 401(k) is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered
  • Company
    Microsoft
  • City
    Redmond
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Health and wellness programs is offered Employee discounts is offered Employee events is offered

Company Culture

Microsoft's culture offers a lot of autonomy, employee services and on-campus perks, flexible hours, and they emphasize team-work and morale. It has become a little politically correct in its later years, though, otherwise I would have given the culture 5 stars.

Support from management

Microsoft's culture offers a lot of autonomy, employee services and on-campus perks, flexible hours, and they emphasize team-work and morale. It has become a little politically correct in its later years, though, otherwise I would have given the culture 5 stars.

Teamwork

Absolutely. Microsoft wants managers to manage and work on the big picture, not babysit their teams. The company encourages, fosters, and rewards team-work and cross-collaboration.

Freedom to work independently

One of Microsoft's best qualities: employee autonomy. If you can't work it out alone, your team is there to collaborate with.

Internal Communication

Communication to employees has always been a struggle for Microsoft. Lots of "leaks" and rumor mills affect the message before the leaders ever get around to it. I've wondered if the company prefers it that way. They are always working on transparency, but still haven't managed to get it right.

Gender Equality

Having worked in HR and Recruiting, I have seen and conducted the issuance of salaries, performance reviews, and hiring practices. Microsoft is totally open and punishes workplace discrimination of any kind.

Attitude towards older colleagues

Treatment is fair, they work hard to be diverse and get rid of discrimination. They do have a philosophy about college grad hiring and getting new blood into the company, though. You can't rest on your seniority and coast, you must keep up, always improving yourself & skills, and stay competitive.

Career Development

Lots of jobs available, in-house training in dozens of skill areas, career paths outlined for each position, and tuition reimbursement.

Overall compensation for your work

Microsoft's comp plans are very goid in comparison to market and in comparison to peers. They did a lot work in the early 2000s to restructure comp so that employees in the same job were paid the same and got raises according to merit, which meant pay decreases for a small contingency of people. Most took the decrease and stayed.

Office / Work Environment

Employees have everything they need and the locations have so many amenities.

Environmental Friendliness

There are all kinds of bins for recycling in common areas, cafeterias, and for an employee's work space. They know it's good for the environment and it saves money.

Work-Life Balance

Deadlines are important to meet and you will have to work hard, but employees usually have the flexibility of when and where to work, too.

Company Image

During my 10 years at Microsoft, I was definitely proud to work there. My parents were very excited about it, too.

Job Security

Microsoft worked harder than any other of my 10+ employers to avoid lay-offs. There were always re-orgs, though, and outsourcing, college hire programs, visa hires, etc. It's competitive and you must stay relevant.

Handicapped Accessibility

Microsoft is very up to date with accessibility of all kinds. I encountered several employees who were in wheelchairs, walking devices, as well as the deaf/hearing impaired and blind. Plus they have an Ergonomics team who will send someone to you if you need adjustments or accommodation to your work space.

Workplace Safety

Lots of training and Facilities is always working on something. Fire drills, team captains, requiring everyone to swipe their badges to enter/no tag-alongs, and Security is always on site walking and watching.

Challenging Work

HR and recruiting is always challenging and although there are plenty of rules and guidelines, there's always something new and different popping up. Even in HR, the autonomy afforded employees allows for individual approach and problem-solving as well as collaboration with others.

Inclusive / Diverse

In the tech areas of the company, this is true. Many times, a single person has been responsible for something major because s/he had a different way or idea. In the administrative/operations groups, not so much. The people attracted to that type of work tend to be stodgy, even at a tech company that is always trying to innovate.

Suggestions for improvement

  • As an employee in human resources and recruiting, it would be better if the hiring managers actually had to follow the rules, laws, and processes that are employed in HR. There is a lot of "going around the rules" because a hiring manager wants a particular person Or a short-cut process and that limits other people (internal & external) from being considered for jobs. Sometimes, I wondered how I even got hired at the company at all. Microsoft wants new blood and fresh ideas (including putting the best internal hires into the right positions), but the managers are allowed to constantly subvert that goal for their own short-sighted, immediate needs. I believe this is the major factor that has contributed to Microsoft losing its leadership position in the industry.

What I like about the company

Microsoft offers a lot of autonomy, opportunities for training, focuses on collaboration with others, and has a great work setting and environment plus very good benefits and pay. I was able to work in several different roles across a few disciplines. There are many internal job opportunities and plenty of locations to choose from.

What I dislike about the company

While there are many job opportunities, it is difficult to transfer and networking or knowing someone is almost always the key. That was very frustrating. Also, given the nature of the company, you would think that working remotely on a full-time basis would be more commonplace or allowable, however, that's not the case. The managers seem to need to have all of their people right next to each other and on site for at least a majority of time which is antiquated and unnecessary.

Company Culture
4.00
Support from management
4.00
Teamwork
5.00
Freedom to work independently
5.00
Internal Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
4.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Office / Work Environment
5.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
4.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
3.00
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 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 employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Health and wellness programs is offered Employee discounts is offered Employee events is offered Free Snacks/Drinks is offered

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Review averages

  • 483 employees say

    Excellent (318)
    65.83850931677%
    Good (101)
    20.910973084886%
    Satisfactory (39)
    8.0745341614907%
    Subpar (25)
    5.175983436853%
    4.05
  • 10 applicants say

    Excellent (7)
    70%
    Good (2)
    20%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (1)
    10%
    4.10

kununu score comparisons

Microsoft
4.06
493 reviews

Industry average (Software & Information Technology)
3.78
220,402 reviews

kununu average
3.39
3,858,000 reviews