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Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology company with headquarters in Redmond, WA. It develops, manufactures, licenses, supports, and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services. Its best known software products are the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, the Microsoft Office suite, and the Internet Explorer and Edge web browsers. Its flagship hardware products are the Xbox video game consoles and the Microsoft Surface lineup of touchscreen personal computers. Microsoft offers career choices across a wealth of disciplines, with a presence in over 100 countries. The company has a growth mindset culture, believing in the importance of teamwork and diversity. Giving and philanthropy are also part of the company's identity. As an employee, Microsoft will reward you with world-class benefits designed to empower you and your family to live life well.

Company - Public
Over $10B
Large
Multiple locations
Computer Systems Design Companies
1975
What departments Microsoft Corporation employees work at?
DepartmentsRatio
Software Developers and Programmers33.5%
other occupation29.6%
Management - Other12.7%
Sales / Retail7.3%
Engineers6.4%
Computer / IT - Other5.7%
General and Operations Managers4.9%
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Professional experience

How many years of experience do Microsoft Corporation employees have before joining?
Years of experience at Microsoft Corporation: Newcomers: 28%, Experiencers: 17%, Experts: 20%, Veterans: 35%. Microsoft Corporation employees have 8+ years experience on average before joining.
Where did Microsoft Corporation employees work before joining?
Where they've worked before Microsoft Corporation: Amazon, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Typical Microsoft Corporation employees have worked at Amazon.
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What industries did Microsoft Corporation employees work in previously?
Industry Background: The most typical industries of Microsoft Corporation: Computer Systems Design Companies, Colleges / Universities, Software Publishing Companies, Consulting Companies, Design Firms. Microsoft Corporation employees most likely come from a Computer Systems Design Companies industry background.
Where did Microsoft Corporation employees work before joining?
Past employers' size at Microsoft Corporation: Small: 26%, Medium: 12%, Large: 62%. Most Microsoft Corporation employees have previously worked at large companies.

Educational background

What did employees at Microsoft Corporation study?
Where did employees at Microsoft Corporation study?
Carnegie Mellon University
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Employee data

How long do people stay in a role at Microsoft Corporation?
Time employed at Microsoft Corporation: <1: 14%, 1-3: 30%, 4-8: 30%, 9-13: 15%, 14-20: 8%, 20+: 3%. Most Microsoft Corporation employees stay with the company for 4-8 years which is more than the industry average.
How does Microsoft Corporation rank for age & gender diversity?
Gender ratio at Microsoft Corporation: 73.6% Male and 26.4% Female. Age ratio at Microsoft Corporation: 16-20: 0%, 21-30: 36%, 31-40: 37%, 41-50: 20%, 51-60: 6%, 60+: 1%. Microsoft Corporation rates - 3.6% less female than the industry average. Most Microsoft Corporation employees are 31-40, which is on par with the industry median age range.

Career advancement

How does Microsoft Corporation rank for career advancement?
Career advancement at Microsoft Corporation: high. Microsoft Corporation ranks high for career advancement which is above the industry average.
What companies do Microsoft Corporation employees go on to work at?
Future employers of Microsoft Corporation: Amazon, Apple, Expedia Group, Facebook, Google. People who work at Microsoft Corporation most typically go on to work for the Amazon.
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Content Developer
Remote - January 25, 2024
It depends on your FTE Manager
3.4
Ratings
3
Professional growth
5
Salary & Benefits
5
Work-Life balance
2
Recognition & Support
2
Culture and Values
I've worked a dozen contracts at Microsoft since 2006. Some gigs are amazing - fun, interesting, good times with great people, while other gigs are horror shows - it all comes down to who you are reporting to, the Microsoft FTE (Full Time Employee). Microsoft tolerates a few horrible managers because, I guess, they get results? They turn a profit? The bad managers treat contractors like furniture - we serve a purpose, we are tools to be used, but does anyone respect a chair or a coatrack? I know from personal experience that a few FTEs delete all messages from contractors without consideration. It's nearly impossible to do a great job when your leadership, and some team members do not consider you a team member. On the flip side, some of my best gigs were are Microsoft, one lasting almost 8 years. I am still friends with several former coworkers.

Pros and Cons
Great gigs are possible.
You might land on a team with a terrible leader.
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Surface Support Engineer 2
Remote - November 1, 2023
A humbling and worthwhile experience
3.4
Ratings
2
Professional growth
3
Salary & Benefits
4
Work-Life balance
4
Recognition & Support
4
Culture and Values
I have learned more here than all my previous working jobs with IT. I honed my communication, people skills and professionalism on the job with excellent mentor guidance. It has shown me what career development is and who I want to be in the future.

Pros and Cons
Remote, Easy contact, Mentors
No internal growth, complications between different departments
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Paralegal Administrative Assistant
Redmond, WA - October 24, 2023
Productive, warm environment. Friendly, always something to learn.
5.0
Ratings
5
Professional growth
5
Salary & Benefits
5
Work-Life balance
5
Recognition & Support
5
Culture and Values
Outstanding place to work, always room for growth. If offered a career here, I would take it in a heartbeat.

Pros and Cons
Laid back friendly co-workers
Traffic is a little crazy
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July 31, 2023
Sr Technical Project Manager
5.0
Ratings
5
Professional growth
5
Salary & Benefits
5
Work-Life balance
5
Recognition & Support
5
Culture and Values
Microsoft is not just a job it's a life style. They train their folks to become better human being. I have learned and improved my life with the help of my senior every step of the way. If you deliver (the Deliverables) because that is your job, the team will work with you with all other challenges you may face to clear the path for a reputable error free project delivery.

Pros and Cons
Plenty of opportunity to learn lead edge (technology) every day/week a better person
My own experience - strict work schedules and can be inflexible when it comes to new ideas
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Azure technical engineer
May 1, 2023
Most productive
4.8
Ratings
5
Professional growth
5
Salary & Benefits
5
Work-Life balance
4
Recognition & Support
5
Culture and Values
Well balanced and very supportive Professional and caring More socialized Best team Scheduled work

Pros and Cons
Professional growth
Limited parking
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Technical Recruiter III
Palmyra, PA - December 13, 2022
Microsoft is a great place to work
4.8
Ratings
5
Professional growth
5
Salary & Benefits
5
Work-Life balance
4
Recognition & Support
5
Culture and Values
I have never had such great training in my life. I feel so much more confident about future positions thanks to Microsoft. It was a great environment with people that were very knowledgeable and always willing to answer questions. My manager Tom was a great leader and very fair with a plethora of knowledge.

Pros and Cons
Great pay, fair time off, great training
Nothing bad to say
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It lead
Redmond, WA - January 25, 2022
Don’t work
1.2
Ratings
1
Professional growth
1
Salary & Benefits
1
Work-Life balance
2
Recognition & Support
1
Culture and Values
Stay away worst place to work. Way to much stress. Min left I was good.so my advice work so where else

Pros and Cons
There is no pros
Not enough money
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Software Engineer
Redmond, WA - January 11, 2022
One of the best jobs I've ever had.
4.2
Ratings
4
Professional growth
5
Salary & Benefits
4
Work-Life balance
4
Recognition & Support
4
Culture and Values
I worked at Microsoft for more than 15 years and had a mostly enjoyable time while there. My coworkers were passionate about the products we were delivering and fun to work with. I parted on good terms and would happily return to the company if the right opportunity presented itself.

Pros and Cons
Great people, fun working environment.
Turnover can be high; they seem to value moving on over becoming a SME in one area.
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Dealer Account Manager
December 11, 2021
an experience I will never forget
1.8
Ratings
1
Professional growth
5
Salary & Benefits
1
Work-Life balance
1
Recognition & Support
1
Culture and Values
I worked for one of Microsoft's subsidiaries for around a year. However the role and atmosphere didn't relate to my needs, sense-of-purpose or my strengths. I found myself dragged under the spotlight against my will wherever I went which felt extremely uncomfortable and consuming from within. The experience was a reflection of the personas that worked there. The subsidiary was eventually investigated due to irregularities discovered there a few years later. I hope this helps :)

Pros and Cons
Good compensation and very affluent firm
It wasn't a good atmosphere
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Visuals Manager
Lexington, KY - November 4, 2021
Great salary in a very broken company
2.6
Ratings
1
Professional growth
5
Salary & Benefits
4
Work-Life balance
1
Recognition & Support
2
Culture and Values
Microsoft portrays this image of inclusion and in fact they do not invest in any of their employees, at least in the setting I was a part of for my tenure. Upper management has zero accountability while everyone else is micro managed and pigeonholed. Senior leadership is VERY out of touch with their frontline staff, so much so that it’s incredibly awkward to interact with them during visits.

Pros and Cons
Benefits and salary
No room to grow, no support, the retail side is very miss-managed, upper management accountability
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General and Senior Program Manager
Redmond, WA - October 21, 2021
Great Workplace and Positive challenges for professional growth
4.2
Ratings
5
Professional growth
5
Salary & Benefits
3
Work-Life balance
4
Recognition & Support
4
Culture and Values
I worked as a General Manager of an Education and Localization Division that supported Server products. Also supported thrid party publishing with Fortune 500 publishers that focused on creating Microsoft Technology learning and training. It was a very challenging time with tremendously exciting opportunities. Colleagues were very bright and innovative. Required significant self-management. International travel. Always good problems to resolve.

Pros and Cons
Opportunities to learn and create customer solutions that aided in product learning.
Big Company could create lack of focus for some people. Depends on the parson.
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Quality Assurance Analyst Tester
Redmond, WA - July 19, 2021
Not friendly to minorities
2.4
Ratings
3
Professional growth
4
Salary & Benefits
2
Work-Life balance
2
Recognition & Support
1
Culture and Values
Microsoft is an ok place to work if you're a white, straight male. But if you're female or gay or not white, you'll need to work even harder for recognition and promotion. Your annual reviews will be affected by whether your manager "likes" you as a person, ignoring your technical competence. When I worked at MSN, my boss (a religious zealot) knowing I'm gay went as far as to say in my mid-year review that he recommends I work in "fast-foods" rather than continue at Microsoft. Yet still gave me an acceptable rating. When my test lead pointed this out to the Group Manager, the boss was transferred out, but my review remained on the books as-is. And so this hurt me for future growth and I was eventually laid off. I've had other managers at MS yell at me and at others, just because they could without any repercussions. And forget about Human Resources helping you. Their job at MS is to protect the bosses. I left MS in the big "talent extinction of 2009" and never looked back.

Pros and Cons
Free soda. Good benefits.
Open racism, sexism and homophobia.
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Software Engineer
July 18, 2021
The Greatness is Gone Without a Trace
1.2
Ratings
1
Professional growth
2
Salary & Benefits
1
Work-Life balance
1
Recognition & Support
1
Culture and Values
I last worked at Microsoft in 2009. I worked there a total of ten years between 1989 and 2009. I saw the last two years of their greatness and by 2008 they were a bad joke. Company encourages competitiveness between people who should be workers. The minimum work week is 60 hours; two consecutive 40 hour weeks and you will be terminated. Everyone lives in terror of the annual review and people disappear with no notice. The Microsoft of 1990 was greatness incarnate. We loved our work, we loved how we were treated. With the release of Windows 3 we were suddenly surrounded by org charts and went from a single weekly meeting to daily recurring meetings and concentration became difficult, then impossible. And it was not Ballmer' tenure that ended it all, it happened before that. "Satya's Vision" is fads and gimmicks, like firing the SDETs. Not recommended anymore

Pros and Cons
Free drinks and coffee
Overwork, inter-feifdom politics, terrible internal tools, paranoia and politics
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QA
Redmond, WA - May 27, 2021
If youre a tester, do not work at microsoft.
1.8
Ratings
1
Professional growth
1
Salary & Benefits
3
Work-Life balance
1
Recognition & Support
3
Culture and Values
I have experienced blue badges (microsoft FTEs) threaten contract testers. They pay VERY little and most contract testers that work at microsoft have trouble paying rent and usually rent out single rooms just to stay in their profession. It can be a VERY painful experience to work contract QA at microsoft. I do NOT recommend it.

Pros and Cons
Make contacts
Basically if you are a contract QA tester at microsoft you will not be treated like a human being
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Progam Manager
April 27, 2021
Vague and misleading
3.2
Ratings
1
Professional growth
2
Salary & Benefits
5
Work-Life balance
3
Recognition & Support
5
Culture and Values
I was hired as a contractor under the impression the position was long termnonly to findnout i was only filling a gap until another contractor returned and the department was reorganized. Very dissappointing.

Pros and Cons
Flexible hours, work from home
Lack of training

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What’s the stock symbol of Microsoft Corporation?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
MSFT.
What’s the gender distribution at Microsoft Corporation?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
26.4% female, 73.6% male.
When was Microsoft Corporation founded?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
1975.
What industry does Microsoft Corporation operate in?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
Computer/Internet.
How much revenue does Microsoft Corporation generate?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
over $10b.
What’s the average length of tenure at Microsoft Corporation?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
around 4-8 year(s) in my experience
what kind of companies did Microsoft Corporation employees work for?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
Large companies before Microsoft Corporation.
what are the chances of career advancement at Microsoft Corporation?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
high.
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2 years ago
If you're a minority, not good.
Top future employers of Microsoft Corporation employees?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
Amazon, Apple, Expedia Group, Facebook, Google, Oracle, Salesforce, T-Mobile.
Where did employees work before joining Microsoft Corporation?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
Amazon, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Intel, Nokia, Oracle, T-Mobile.
How old are Microsoft Corporation’s employees in general?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
31-40, 21-30.
Where did most of Microsoft Corporation employees go to school?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
Carnegie Mellon University, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Washington-Seattle Campus, Washington State University, Western Washington University.
what’s the company culture like at Microsoft Corporation?
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2 years ago
Toxic. Arrogant. Awful work environment.
how many years did you spend at Microsoft Corporation?
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10 years
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Ten years
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