Program Manager II (Current Employee) – Herndon, VA – October 14, 2016
Although it is a tough job, I've had the pleasure of working with some great people who helped me grow tremendously in my professional capacity. The job allowed me great flexibility and lived by the motto "doesn't matter where you work from, or when you work, as long as the job gets done".
When you are passionate about the product nothing else matters
Software Test Engineer (Former Employee) – Redmond, WA – November 6, 2017
When we were shipping Windows XP we worked 20+ hour weeks regularly. It didn't phase us. We were passionate about the product we were creating and the work we were doing. As long as you are in it for the long haul that's all that matters. If you are hoping to have a job that is simply 9 - 5 this isn't the place for you.
Even as a contract employee who will be let go at the end of the ship cycle, for that bit of time you were part of something amazing.
Principal IT Service Operations Manager (Current Employee) – Redmond, WA – November 6, 2017
Microsoft cannot be viewed as a single company. Some areas are well run with thoughtful leaders. Other areas, not so much. In less than four years my org has seen massive turnover and changing business models that never deliver clear organizational direction. Financial management is an afterthought and in some cases seem to be deliberately constructed to obfuscate organizational spending.
Co-workers in other orgs within the company fare much better. It all depends on the leadership in place.
Definitely do your homework on the specific organization you are considering before accepting any offers. Ask about turnover and learn what you can of the current team. Better to ask hard questions up front.
Vendor, Senior Project Manager (Former Employee) – Redmond, WA – November 6, 2017
Job satisfaction will be based on your manager. Some good, some bad. A lot of FTEs in role who hand over their entire job to contractors who don't get MSFT benefits but it makes you wonder what their job is and what they're getting paid for. Especially when you begin your work day before them, and continue to work after they log off for the day.
Business Analyst (Current Employee) – Redmond, WA – November 5, 2017
All of the below mentioned points vary by the team you work with. Here are some of mine: 1. Average day is fast paced and agile 2. Lots to learn - easy to stagnate 3. Great work place culture - independent, self-directed
Program Manager (Former Employee) – Redmond – November 5, 2017
Every few years they claim to change the review system but it's always stack-ranking based on who likes who. There are occasional purges of ICs but middle managers are untouchable, no matter how incompetent.
Pay is good
Psychopath managers do best here, because it is a huge company making wide changes is basically impossible
Excellent workplace culture with challenging projects and enlightened management.
Contract Technical Writer (Former Employee) – Redmond, WA – November 4, 2017
I worked as a contract tech writer in the AI+R Division for 18 months. It was a great experience overall with interesting projects and very smart and ambitious coworkers who were genuinely committed to providing excellent service to their internal customers.
Manager (Former Employee) – Redmond, WA – November 4, 2017
Many subcultures make up MSFT and they are not always compatible. Overall, company is doing well, but don't believe the favorable press about culture changes, it's very competitive internally and that's not always healthy.
Data/Information Architect (Former Employee) – Redmond,WA – November 4, 2017
He said unemployment was high, farmers were helpless, education was expensive and medical costs were soaring because the government had not set up new hospitals, corruption was very high and a handful of industrialists and corporates could take away land, water and other resources while the BJP government in the State remained a mute spectator.
Technical Account Manager (Former Employee) – Sacramento, CA – November 3, 2017
Microsoft is an amazing company, and it is often a shock to people coming in that they are suddenly working with people just as smart and motivated as they are (if not more so). It is an intense environment, and one where you will never sit on your laurels. It is a great place to work, but definitely not for the faint of heart. They will work you hard, but they will reward you accordingly.
Account Manager (Current Employee) – New York, NY – November 3, 2017
Long unappreciated work hours. Many people with a not my job mentality. Self promoting success achievers vs team win thought process. A ranking and rating system that discards great talent when there is no one left to target and someone has to go.
Good pay when you excel.
Have to be connected with the right people to be taken care of versus just simply being talented.
Technical Account Manager, Bing Advertising (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – November 2, 2017
The culture at Microsoft is favorable if you are female or an immigrant, otherwise beware. It's an ideological echo chamber. Lots of potential opportunity to move within the company, but their loss of status in the tech world is playing out within the ranks with paranoia and protectionism. It has become stale and difficult to navigate. As mentioned, they pay an inordinate amount of attention to a supposed inclusive culture, but the company is increasingly run by HR.
Sometimes brutal culture, tough to grow from within
Director (Current Employee) – Redmond, WA – November 2, 2017
Beyond the propaganda, this is still a hard place to work. The old stack rank system is gone, but the new system is just as arbitrary and rigid. As a manager, I often struggled to understand how my employees' final rewards were determined. There is a revolving door of executives, so strategy changes at least once a year, and often contradicts the previous plan.
Pay and benefits are solid, but the price is fear of the quarterly lay-offs and being torpedoed in your annual review. Despite the stories that failure is a learning opportunity, it is not really tolerated and one mistake can be fatal.
Business Administrator (Current Employee) – Alpharetta, GA – November 2, 2017
Microsoft is a great company for sales professionals and techies. Very progressive and transformative. The company is going through a growth period, so things are ambiguous, but I'm confident it will change within a year or two.
Services Advisor (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – November 2, 2017
Either in corporate or in the stores, Microsoft Retail is a joke. Apple literally pays you for what you're worth and you deal with exponentially less. You have little job opportunities to move upwards. Unless you know the right people at the right time, you're stuck in a dead end job that pays so far beyond market value that you can barely afford to pay rent.
Senior Technical Account Manager (Former Employee) – Reston, VA – November 1, 2017
An opportunity to work with the best of the best. A chance to impact the creation of the next product MSFT puts out. Unfortunately the desire to get customers on their cloud (Azure) is blinding management to the value of relationships with customers. Sales for people who shouldn't be required to sell is a poison pill for a trust relationship with customers.
Lots of bling
Socialize with your work mates or die on the stake.