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Working At Microsoft

One of the most important drivers of our success is our culture. We fundamentally believe that we need a growth mindset culture. This starts with the belief that everyone can grow and develop; potential is nurtured, not predetermined; and anyone can change their mindset.

How employees describe working at Microsoft

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Posted 20 days ago

Too many things to list!

Review from Marketing Dept

Challenges and Hiring Process really needs improvement.

Review from IT Dept

Microsoft has been hands-down the best place to work. It's hard to find a company that has a great brand, bright future, world-class employees, a generous compensation package, and positive culture.

Review from Engineering Dept

Overall great. Just be mindful there are some teams worth avoiding.

Review from Sales Dept
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What it's like to work at Microsoft

  • Microsoft employees generally work 9.2 hrs a day
  • Employees at Microsoft report the work pace is comfortably fast
  • On a typical day, employees at Microsoft have 2 meetings
  • 85% of Microsoft employees look forward to interacting with their team every day
  • Microsoft employees most often take 20-30 paid vacation and sick days each year
  • 73% of Microsoft employees report they are happy with their work life balance
  • Microsoft employees typically get valuable feedback on how to improve at work Once a quarter
  • 83% of Microsoft employees call their work environment positive

Q&A With Microsoft Employees

Asked to all employees at Microsoft

  • Top Employee Response

    The annual bonus is great. I've yet to get less than a 10% bonus each year.

  • Everything, pay raises, cash bonuses, stock awards, healthcare plan, legal plan, huge life insurance, spouse life insurance, health club.

  • Job title and actual job are miles apart, I am paid fairly from my title but not for the work I do.

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Asked to all employees at Microsoft

  • Top Employee Response

    The little kingdoms that Microsoft was criticized about in the past are alive and well, it's killing our culture

  • Concentrate on what we do well and stop trying to compete against other companies based on their strengths.

  • Get rid of the old boy's club that still permeates and controls promotions.

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Asked to all employees at Microsoft

  • Top Employee Response

    Representing a great company with genuine values every single day

  • Knowing who I work for and they fact that the customers come and receives quality service

  • Getting to work on something that millions of people use. And writing code.

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Asked to all employees at Microsoft

  • Top Employee Response

    They accept me and everybody else. I'm kind of a bastard, but everyone appreciates my contributions and work efforts.

  • It's a full circle Everything a new employee would think coming on board

  • Stop forcing open plan, it may save on costs for space but people are a LOT less productive

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Asked to all employees at Microsoft

  • Top Employee Response

    collaborating vs trying to make a peer look bad so at review time they will come out on top

  • We all like each other and joke around and try to work around some of the quirks but still make the company better, too

  • We have separate offices but are always out and communicating about current impacts issues. We talk constantly and are in sync and there.

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Asked to all employees at Microsoft

  • Top Employee Response

    Stop gossiping about employees. Lead by encouraging and not micro managing employees. Respect an employee's boundaries. Stop playing favorit

  • promoting good leaders

  • Dealing with and empathizing with people

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Asked to all employees at Microsoft

  • Top Employee Response

    Depends on the position I guess...I personally feel that anyone who wears less than a suit to an interview is not making the best impression, but Microsoft's attitude towards dress code is super relaxed. How badly do you want the job?

  • Come as you are, do what you love - that's literally the invitation Microsoft Hr is giving to candidates. If you want to wear a hoodie, wear it! If you want to wear a shirt, wear it! Flip flops or a Gothic costume? Wear it! What matters are your skills, your passion and potential. If you got those, you're likely to get the job.

  • I wore jeans with a blouse and sweater. I got the job. I saw people wearing sweatpants and people in suits. They really don't care what you wear so be comfortable.

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Asked to all employees at Microsoft

  • Top Employee Response

    The internal job advancement is terrible. There is not a system in place. The managers and Hr partners is not on the same page.

  • Too much bureaucracy, back stabbing, and focus on the next promotion. Not enough emphasis on shipping good products.

  • Toxic environment with so many overlapping organizations stepping all ovet each other.

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Asked to all employees at Microsoft

  • Top Employee Response

    Senior Engineers at CSS treat the more "junior" (note quotes) Eng like "kids" or just "dumb". With time you find out that they are not "gods

  • Everyone is a silo, our specific org breeds a culture of protectiveness above all else.

  • Everyone out for themselves, and stabbing others in the back the first chance to get ahead. NOT HEALTHY.

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Asked to all employees at Microsoft

  • Top Employee Response

    Usually its around your level and your impact. It's much easier to move from sub-level 59 to 60 and higher. It gets increasingly harder from 63 to 64 and really difficult moving from 64 to 65 (director level). Good connections and very visible, high-impact wins over a 2-3 year period can help in more senior level promotions.

  • It is based on the impact you have on the others and your capacity to empower others to do more and succeed, it is a culture of giving and caring about other and not competition

  • it's a popularity contest. the same people keep moving up, mostly women and minorities. microsoft is so focused on EOE that they end up being very unfair

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Asked to all employees at Microsoft

  • Top Employee Response

    Underpaid, beaurocracy, less transparent management, slow decision , old legacy culture driven by uncles , unethical practices

  • Benefits get quietly stripped away every year. Salaries have not kept pace with the industry.

  • Received an offer with 30% higher pay and significantly higher stock compensation.

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Asked to all employees at Microsoft

  • Top Employee Response

    Pretty good. 3 weeks is average, with an extra week for every 5 years served up to a max of 6 weeks a year. You also get 2 floating holidays and 10 sick days, so it ends up being plenty of time off.

  • Great vacation policy at Microsoft. Three weeks during your first six years, starting day one. Plus two floating holidays. At six, you get four weeks. You can roll over as much as you can accrue in a year, so if you took nothing one year, you could take six weeks the next. Managers are generally very good about employees taking vacation time.

  • Everyone gets 3 weeks. It's non-negotiable in most cases. You get your 4th week after 7 years and 5th week somewhere around the 13th year.

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Asked to all employees at Microsoft

  • Top Employee Response

    Bad manager, protected by leadership who is only interested in showing results.

  • It is frustrating how people at this company are more worried to "project themselves" than helping the customers, at least in Support

  • I spend more time watching my back and stroking egos than I do getting any real work done. I am punished if I don't stroke said egos.

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Asked to all employees at Microsoft

  • Top Employee Response

    For engineering, not really, but they can be created on a case by case basis. e.g. a strong performer on the team wants to remain, but his spouse needs to move out of state.

  • Yes

  • Not many

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Asked to all employees at Microsoft

  • Top Employee Response

    Less infighting, more collaboration. Less about promotion, more about delivering products. Less about review process, more about professional growth

  • remove the back stabbing culture of achievement. Promote team accomplishments vs singling out the same individuals for recognition. Spread the wealth and recognize all the good work being done.

  • I would raise the engineering standards. The code quality needs to be high, and we need more testing. People need to stop writing code that just works, and start writing code that's maintainable.

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Asked to all employees at Microsoft

  • Top Employee Response

    Microsoft's cloud services are demonstrating a crazy rate of growth. Some older services are having issues but Skype is probably having the most trouble as of late.

  • cloud is leading. Mobile is lagging and lacks real strategy

  • Azure and Bing grows fast, Windows, Skype is dying

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Asked to all employees at Microsoft

  • Yes

  • No drug test, only background check.

  • No

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Asked to all employees at Microsoft

  • Can be challenging depending on teams.

  • Piece of cake...

  • Not difficult

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Asked to all employees at Microsoft

  • Top Employee Response

    it can happen anytime. It is all about your how well you handle the politics and your team's budget and your managers perception of your work.

  • yearly. in the 2% range

  • Annually

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Asked to all employees at Microsoft

  • Wear clean enough clothing, do not be smelly

  • Casual

  • I wear jeans and sweaters/ blouses. Other people wear t-shirts and jeans. It's pretty casual.

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Asked to all employees at Microsoft

  • I am constantly challenged

  • Not challenged at all

  • not too challenged. 5% good attrition keeps risk taking to a minimum, so innovation tends to be stunted.

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Asked to all employees at Microsoft

  • Team players, considerate people, generous people

  • driven. ambitious. sometimes ruthless

  • People that like to self-promote, even if they lack capability or competence.

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Asked to all employees at Microsoft

  • Top Employee Response

    Arguably better than the other tech companies. The teams I've been a part of value work life balance and make it a priority.

  • Work can be stressful sometimes, but it is up to the employee to find the right balance between the deliverable at work and how you can continue with your everyday responsibilities at home. Flexible hours and work from home practices are ideal to mix both things. My best advice is that you need to take ownership of that balance since no one else will do it for you.

  • Generally work and life balance is determined by the employee. Sometimes we need to work more than at other times.

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Asked to all employees at Microsoft

  • Top Employee Response

    For professional hires is a bit problematic. In that they hire for your experience, skill, and attitude. Then decide 1) to assign you to a role different than what was discussed 2) Ignore your experience. Interviews are usually an all day affair. You're likely to interview with 4 or 5 people. Anyone of them could tank you possible employment. Typically the hiring manager is looking from others to find if you'll be a cultural fit, first within the team, second within Microsoft. During the interview you'll likely get a mix of questions to test knowledge and skill as well as behaviors. They are looking for confidence not arrogance. Microsoft has been accused of doing pump and dump interviews. That is asking you to provide free advise and later going dark on you. I personally have never experienced such during the hiring process. Depending upon the group and team you're on that could happen. Microsoft expects candor from candidates but this is not typically reciprocal.

  • Gruelling, stressful, thoughtful, enlightening. Thoroughly enjoyed myself.

  • It depends on the team and people. There are no specific guidelines for interviews here. Hope for the best, be ready for the worst...

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Asked to all employees at Microsoft

  • Top Employee Response

    The level hop cap. No matter how good you are you can never move up more then 2 levels in a single job change.

  • Complacency

  • Quite a bit of office politics. Back biting between orgs and one upmanship during review time. Might sound petty but that is real world there. They also conduct numerous small layoffs so it was not have to be reported to the state. Looks better for them but it makes employees across the company always nervous.

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55% of Microsoft employees would encourage their friends to become coworkers, whereas 27% are neutral and 18% would not recommend working at Microsoft to their friends.

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