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Microsoft is overall an amazing company to work for.
It's a fantastic place to work if you are willing to live and breath Microsoft culture. I would only leave if I could find somewhere I could have more flexible hours because retail requires you to be available on weekends. It is truly the best company I've worked for and would never want to leave. Pay is great, benefits are top of the line and the company goes above and beyond to make sure employees are happy.
Overall, a good experience. I was encouraged by the opportunity for (and reporting to) female leadership.
Its been three months but overall I think the company is great. I think that because I am a woman I will get talked down to, teased or straight up ignored by other people in the org (usually outside of my team) which can be frustrating. I think with a company this large, you're going to get a higher number of jerks than you might at a smaller company.
don't work here.
Opportunities for women vary across Microsoft. In my group, are women consistently under leveled, under paid and take on the majority of the complex work.
Moving from IC 63-64 is incredibly difficult and I have not seen it occur. While there are women in the 65 and up ranks, they have been at Microsoft for many, many years or they were Senior level industry hires from competitor companies. Yet, you see men breaking those ranks frequently. There is a lot of opportunity to talk about women in tech and diversity, but it feels like lip service.
Microsoft believes its own press, but hasn’t really changed. Being “less mean” didn’t mean they’ve implemented structural changes necessary to support woman in management.
The culture at Microsoft is why i came and why i stayed. They understand how to listen their employees and to make every individual know their impact.
As a company I believe Microsoft is far above other corporations for inclusive and diverse hiring. In my specific location I do not feel that leadership was anywhere near expectations for diversity as upper leadership expected or required. Oversight from upper leadership to regional leadership should be evaluated and improved. It's why I left.
Although striving to be an equality organization, not reflected in diminishing number of women in the workforce, especially engineers.
Microsoft is inclusive, and empowering!
Microsoft is a wonderful but tough place to work. Expectations are very high, but there are many opportunities to grow and learn.
I used to be a Microsoft fan girl before I joined. I loved Visual studio and C#. That changed in my time there.
I mentioned how fast I wanted to grow to my manager which is a standard timeline for the average male employee. I saw his face fall. I mentioned it to another manager as well. He told me I need to think again about that and evaluate if it is something I really want.
Sexual harassment and sexist language was the least of my problems. I had to beg and lobby for work relevant to my major. I was forced to be on the event planning committee.
My coworkers stole credit, equipment, laid blame, were reluctant to share resources. You name it. I did not understand it at that time but it was 90 percent politics.
I've been in meetings where several higher ups discussed about a critical major bug the customer noticed, fingers were pointed and there was no mention of having a test suite for the product after. Once, we dedicated the 1 hour team meeting to decide a team name. Mind you, the team did not work together on anything afterward.
My friends outside warned me to not approach HR about anything as their job is to make sure the company is not sued and save as much money as possible.
I used the anonymous feedback channels they had. They did not help me in time. The performance evaluations were exhausting. They needed you to explain the business impact of what you did. Is this my job at the entry level? Really? If the management is not clear about the business impact, don't give engineers that work.
I learned and grew more in a smaller company after than my time in Microsoft. Now I see Microsoft's inconsiderate behavior in terms of how they burn their appdevs. I don't know when this company will grow a conscience
The only thing I don’t like is the expectation that you basically have to be a workaholic to keep up . Not fair for us not to treasure time off work with families and keeping weekends free without deadlines and ridiculous work amount per person .
The company seems to want to do better, but still way too few women in senior leadership roles. Lots of bros who have been at the company 15+ years running groups with their fellow bro lieutenants lined up to fill the next wave of leadership roles.
The company is still behind in having a woman work friendly environment. Unfortunately there are some women with better resumes, results, and experience yet they are being paid less than their male counterparts. Also, any issues of sexual harassment, or inappropriate behavior by leadership is not taken seriously by upper management. Disappointing experiences by such a big tech company.
Some outstanding resources and people. Very few women leaders at top levels, however. Certain departments are very much more "evolved" than others in their thinking on issues of diversity.
Microsoft is the kind of company that people dream about working for. They've definitely got that whole 'Silicon Valley' mindset that you hear about. Charity work, generous pay, gifts, get-togethers, you name it. The health insurance would make you weep.
The catch? They're the big league, and they know it. You will bow to every whim, or else. There's a lot rigidity. But come on, it's worth it.
From a vendor perspective, the difference between FTE and vendor were huge and very disappointing. As a vendor you are often looked down upon regardless of your ability or job.
I worked as a contractor, which is very different than working as a full time employee. Paid time off, access to onsite amenities and opportunity to advance your career is essentially nonexistent for a contractor.
Women can be managers, but are mistrusted, talked over, and belittled behind their backs for attributes that would be praised in men. Meanwhile, extremely unprofessional men are given infinite passes. For WOC it's even worse.
Microsoft has some great teams, and some not so great teams. They have great benefits, and do a good job of having family events, especially considering their size. They keep evolving their culture, and I am hopeful they will get to the point of having a team-oriented, positive, listening environment where everyone can contribute and do their best.
The company culture is actually great. It's the local management that has hired external leadership, whom have exhibited sexism and expectation of gender roles, despite our tech company being so advanced.
You will be challenged and grow in ways that make you better. This company, while not perfect, recognizes what changes need to made. Sometimes that change comes more slowly than I would like but it happening and exciting to be a part of. I believe that our CEO does walk his talk. He is an innovator and compassionate human being; that matters to me.
Really happy to work here. I am surrounded by great people and get to choose how I work.
I have worked in the gaming divisions at Microsft for 8 years and was consistently doubted and underminded about my expertise in engineering. This led to being unable to perform well and led to refusing temp agency contracts if they happened to be a Microsoft, and especially if they were in the gaming divisions. The culture is absolutely unapologetic about being unwelcoming to women, regarding them at being mostly unable to understand and drive technical projects. It became simply too tiring to spend so much time trying to convince peers rather than progress on projects. Add to this, the fact that I have worked as a contractor for those 8 years at Microsoft which brings its own brand of disregard.It was simply not worth the effort because of the lack of long term professional opportunities.
I left after getting tired of hitting my head against a wall. I was the only woman manager
The benefits are great and leadership is working on improving opportunities for women. The biggest issue is that the highly contentious and aggressive style is very stressful if you have a more traditionally feminine working style.
Very much a good ol' boys club. Management was openly sexist. Women were complimented on looks, men were complimented on their work.
I worked in the gaming department so naturally mostly men. And a lot of these men don't know how to respect women, I was sexually harassed numerous amount of times and was threatened if I reported any of it that I would be fired, not the creeps harassing me.
Lot of "old boys club" in promotions and performance reviews. Official salary bands are neutral across gender, but women just can't progress and stuck in lower salary bands (yes, equally paid in those bands where they are stuck). Good facility resources for all employees, but beyond that and lip-service, little real gender-equality. CEO Nadella's comment at the Grace Hopper conference was not a fluke: it was a perfect embodiment of Microsoft's callousness towards women workers
The numbers of women dwindle at each successively higher career ladder level. In the technical roles, the numbers are embarrassingly low.
MICROSOFT loves to talk about diversity and inclusion , but company Leadeahip team doesn't reinforce it .
Strippers at CES. Need I say more? Typically feminine traits are penalized through the review process which is basically at the whim of your manager. If you say no to sex, you can count on a bad review if you are pretty. Stay far away.
Of the Big 5, Microsoft lags behind... and It shows. Hoping Satya Nadella and the rest of the company's leadership team start to take these issues seriously and put some serious resources behind fixing the current gaps.
Microsoft HR has put a lot of programs in to support gender equality. But the executives (partner and above) have a lot of work to do to show MS as a place where women are valued and welcome. They bro up and socialize with male employees over women, spend extra time paying attention to projects run by men vs women and don't see what kind of message that sends to female colleagues. It's sad.
The culture is so aggressive and focused on on upsmanship that it is difficult to move up as a woman. I see that men tend to get promoted faster and higher. Promotion relies on being a aggressive, competitive type but aggressive women tend to get tarred with the "abrasive" tag if they do that so it can be difficult to move up. The benefits and flexibility are terrific and great for families.
House cleaning has been attempted but under a corporate structure it's impossible to rise above where you begin without knowing someone or doing something. Backstabbing is prevalent and you can't trust the people you work with and don't make the mistake of telling anybody anything because it will always come back to haunt you. Every time someone has reported something they no longer work there shortly after. Health benefits are used in a way to make the lack of pay seem fair.
Different experiences in different groups. Culture trickled down from the top. So if bad behavior accepted at top, it came down into the group.
MSFT culture is based on who employee knows. Company churns 5-10% of employees by targeting and documenting subjectively then systematically running out. Hitting target goal or exceeding objectives doesn't ensure job if employee has been targeted.
Time and time again they talk a big game, but fail to deliver.
Microsoft seems very woman friendly, had a decent number of women in senior leadership, and I've never experienced obvious sexism, but if you click through the org chart on the engineering side, there are almost NO female leads, GPMs, or directors, even in program management which is typically more female-heavy.
It's like dealing with adult children. The managers can't be held accountable for not following simple policy protocols and many people think they are more important than they really are.
While there are pockets of good, it is still VERY much a boy's club. Mommy-tracking women is a very real phenomenon and leadership opportunities are few and far between.
Great place to work. Only left because I could not relocate to Redmond.
You can succeed at Microsoft if you are a veteran with connections. 'Rest and Vest' might as well be in their official policy.
The issue with Microsoft is the culture of competition is still very prevalent. Things are moving in the right direction, but slowly.
Microsoft has many diversity programs geared towards growing women, as well as opportunities to participate in the broader community to further women's rights and recognition overall. Microsoft is dedicated to keeping women and minorities engaged in the technical space.
Salaries lower for women with same job, same education and women had more experience on that job & overall. Brought to attention of manager, salaries still not corrected. Raise was given but still not equitable. Women left out of off campus meetings in male dominated group. Very male dominated in certain areas.
One of the best companies to work for.
As a senior female at Microsoft I am heard, supported, respected, and considered. We are still few in number in the STEM fields. There are times when we must speak up in ways that our male counterparts often do not have to do, but I have never been in a place where females were treated so well - and I have been in the industry for decades.
Overall at senior levels it is an unfriendly and hostile place. If you are a senior woman who has a family you are parked in classic "girl jobs" or cast aside from the core revenue generating or product leadership roles. It's sad because there are so many talented people there - both men and women and not everyone contributes to the problem. The executive leadership team and culture is the root issue.
It's extremely uncomfortable to be a woman in this organization. There are some real jerks working in this company and the management does nothing to remove them. One manager was harassing me, cornered me in my office and screamed at me 3 inches from my face. Management did nothing. He'd been reprimanded for his behavior multiple times and is still in his position. I had to quit.
Divorced women with children were targeted and pushed out
It varies so much from group to group but overall, there are nearly no women who can stay long term in upper level management. They just disappear after their intitial sponsor moves on. It's totally disheartening. The other part of working there that is odd are the mentoring and special effort put into teaching those with promise. Turns out, mostly men seem to show promise. women rarely get into the programs or are offered mentoring by senior level leaders.
From a benefit perspective they do well, maternity leave, childcare reimbursement, health coverage etc. It is the culture that women and diverse employees pay a price. Language in meetings is rude, offensive language common and if a female responds in kind or objects she is destroyed. In the finance organization women outnumber men at lower levels but by mid-level drop off to less than 20 percent. Bullying is common and to the extent one doesn't go along they are cut out of meetings, opportunities. Calibration and promotion discussions happen behind closed doors and without the person aware of what is said, accurate or not and without option to defend themselves. (In fairness this practice impacts all employees.) Some groups are better than others but it overall a female stands about a 30% chance of having fair and equitable opportunities for advancement and mentorship.
As a single, young woman, it was difficult to engage in the casual atmosphere encouraged by leadership. I worried that anything outside of an austere, professional manner could potentially be misconstrued as an off-color joke or flirtation. However, I constantly received feedback from leadership to loosen-up, really get to know people, be more personable, smile more, etc. So, I tried and this is what I started getting: inappropriate invites to socials (that I didn't go to), men frequently stopping by my office and wasting my work time just to "chat", invites to go rollerblading (no, I don't want to see you in a pair of shorts and tank top), free drinks (sometimes offered at work), and finally a bad reputation by association because other young women I worked with sometimes went too far. Eventually I left with a feeling of mutual disappointment in both myself and Microsoft. Please, please actively encourage and support young women to be the professionals they strive to be, and give them the mentoring to decline peer pressures in the work place.
It really depends from teams to teams at Microsoft. I was lucky to be on a team where there were a lot of women in my age group, but other teams had way less women and that made the experience much different for them.
I keep coming back to Microsoft because it is the most comfortable, enjoyable, and flexible working environment I have ever experienced.
It is not a good environment for women in engineering. Men are large majority, and it's difficult to prove you can do the job as efficiently as they are when there is a large wall of "she can't do it" you need to go through. It is not uncommon to see teams of 15+ software engineers and only one woman in the team. I have seen many men-only groups who meet before/after hours for drinks, and casual networking; and females are not invited. Also, frequent reorganizations make it difficult to establish yourself, as every few months you can get a new manager and then proving yourself starts all over.It is not so bad for women who are not in engineering, e.g. if you are program manager, you are more likely to find coworkers who are women.
Microsoft can be a great place to work. However, after 14+ very successful years there, my career trajectory was destroyed because I went on maternity leave. I resigned because I was unwilling to earn back all that I had already earned, and lost only because I became a mother. Similar things happened to many other mothers, and the company refused to hear our story.
The experience for women at Microsoft is very dependent on the group that they work in. My very positive experience was based on working in the marketing and channel partner groups.
This is by far the best company I have ever worked for. The opportunity for growth is amazing. I feel like I have a very strong work life balance. I can work from home, adjust my schedule to make sure I can get my kids on the bus in the morning as well as be there for after school activities. Pay and benefits are outstanding. The culture is changing and the team I work with is very much like a start up like energy! Love it here!
Different organizations in the same company have different cultures, so my ratings are mostly about what I see in my organization. The CEO might say one thing about a policy, but the top managers might interpret it differently, or they might just ignore it.
Microsoft has been amazingly flexible in my 5+ years here. They went so far as to let me work from home remotely when my husband got a job where we needed to move. 5 months of mat leave, you can return part time when you first come back. The work you get done and impact you have is far more important than where or when you do that work- the flexibility even during the crazy times makes a big different in ability to management work/life balance. They have countless support programs whatever your unique benefit needs might be. Management has been really good except for one challenging situation (not gender related) and I moved on to another team within a few months. Yes it is a big company and I've found you need to ask for what you want/need but it has really impressed me and when I've looked outside the company I haven't been able to find something better that offered as much flexibility.
Microsoft culture for "Women" changed since Satya version of Microsoft. Dramatically changed! Many leadership roles are given now to people from cultures where women get no respect to women. It is not only difficult to succeed in career for a woman but just to be able to speak up their mind on the meetings. It was not the case a few years ago.
Microsoft has a long way to go from its greek boy club culture.
There is definitely a glass ceiling at this company. Most of your co-workers will be men. There are few women in upper management, and even fewer who have the time or bandwidth to take on mentor roles.
Great company to work for. Respect from peers depends vastly on the teams. Very few women in leadership roles.
The biggest issue is bad management. It's inconsistent and once in, you have very little control over who you work for (at least for long). Microsoft seems confused. Change is coming from many places with mixed levels of thought around each change. Some are starting to realize how bad the management is, but it looks like a long path to fixing it. It can make it worse when middle management starts using some of the right words but then falls right back into the old boys club mentality. Which yes, there is absolutely a good old boys mentality. Now, it isn't all bad. If you land well you can work on really awesome projects. In 10 years there, I've seen everything from shoes banged on the table in a meeting to really toxic managers that played favorites or undermined employees. Most of the time though, it's harder to quantify bias. I have seem women have to prove themselves over and over when the men don't.
Caveat: Microsoft is very large, and different groups have different personalities; I do not have experience with all groups, so I will say that from the perspective of the group that I work in, it is a good place to work for women in engineering at the individual contributor and lead (i.e., manager of individual contributors) level. My group has few-to-no women at the leadership level in engineering (managers of managers, general managers, etc.). Those roles are still dominated by men and the path for women to gain that level of responsibility is unknown.Compensation and benefits are excellent at Microsoft. There is no discernible wage gap between men and women at equivalent levels. I don't not know whether men and women share equivalent promotion velocity at higher levels, however. Women engineers are still rare on many teams and it is common to see teams of 7-10 comprised entirely of men.Microsoft is committed to having a diverse and inclusive work environment. They are just starting to try and tackle unconscious bias this year (2015).
My personality ultimately didn't mesh with my team. I was expected by my manager to interact with partner teams in a demanding, forceful way vs. those people being expected to work with me. That is to say if someone from a partner team whose team goals align with mine responds to request with an answer the team wasn't looking for, I got in trouble for not being aggressive enough to force them to give me a different answer. I was told to be more aggressive; the partner team member was not told to be involved in the company problem solving -- he was looking out for his team and his priorities.
When things were going poorly, while I was provided individualized support through Benefits and HR, I was isolated from my team at the direction of my manager. I am an open person, but my manager told me to not tell my co-worker what was going on. I wanted to share with that co-worker so that when he became frustrated he would understand he wasn't at fault. He became frustrated when both he and I got into trouble for not being pushy enough.
Q: "Tell us whether you think it's possible to "have it all" at Microsoft."
A: No, not a chance. It's no secret- and therefore it should come as no surprise- that Silicon Valley is male dominated and as a result, rife with sexual harassment.
During my two years at Microsoft, my manager consistently propositioned me, sent me photos of his private parts via MMS, threatened me with termination if I didn't respond politely to his sexual advances, physically stalked me until I did not feel safe at my workplace or in my private life.
I later realized that I wasn’t the exception. Not to my manager and not to Microsoft. Rather, I was the rule. This particular situation is one that I wouldn't have been able to relate to in terms of its severity, its depth, and the impact it would have on my life.
We, very slowly, began to reach out to each other. My female co workers and I. We shared what we could. Most of the time, we used as few words as possible. Just enough to let each other know that, "yes, I know. I know you know and I... I know." Those were some of the most humiliating interactions I've experienced and/or been witness to in my life. There is something- I still cannot describe it precisely- that at its core feels like an enormous violation when sexual harassment becomes commonplace at work. It's enough to make you hate yourself.
Management was alerted. Had been alerted very early on. Officially. Unofficially. Loudly and confidently. Quietly and with much shame. Unsurprisingly, they took no action. And so we went back to work. Humiliated, filled with shame and disgust. Disgust at ourselves. Disgust that was so, so misplaced.
What I learned during my time at Microsoft: The only thing worse than my colleagues and I having to endure continual sexual advances and requests for sex as a condition of our employment... was speaking out about it, knowing that a company as large and powerful as Microsoft was made full aware of what was going on and then.. chose not to take action. This is commonplace. This is nothing new.
So, no.I don’t think it’s possible to “have it all” at Microsoft.
Very male-dominated company. Some very good female managers but only to a certain level. Has always been that way and continues to be that way. Great benefits but harsh environment to work in unless young & single (especially if male). Culture fosters "work first". No such thing as life balance within most of the teams, especially product teams.
Have it all? No. While some teams are better than others, generally it's a male-dominated culture that values desk and face time. Policies are in place that are not used, and women who try are discouraged. Upper management runs like an old boys' club.
Even when you do everything right, you still have a hard time getting ahead as a woman. There are very few senior women, and incredibly few men who see this as a problem. All the women's initiatives are for and by women. Almost no men are involved in bringing women up. Women are also highly ghettoized in non-leadership disciplines like test.
Reviews are subjective - giving feedback has been shown to be biased towards men. Therefore, the feedback mechanisms are heavily biased towards men as well. this needs to change if Microsoft is to be fairly gender represented.
I haven't been trying to "have it all" myself, so my experience may not be 100% relevant. But from what I can tell, Microsoft is a very flexible place to work, and I always feel like I have great work/life balance.
do not plan on climbing the corporate ladder here. You will constantly be made to feel like you aren't good enough, even when you logically know you are. They don't recognize hard work and instead only recognize those that avoid their core job to get special projects done. Oh, and don't ask about doing a project first, no no, you want to do it regardless and do not tell a soul until it is done. If you talk about it and someone says no, then about a year or two later someone will do it without saying anything and you will be told you aren't forward thinking enough. Windows org is the absolute worst. The devs are lazy, the qa are mostly fired, and management is totally incompetent. I never got an exit interview so I couldn't say it there, but microsoft windows org is crumbling and honestly they are digging a hole to die in with windows 10.
I worked there for over 10 years and I can assure you that if I had it to do over again, I wouldn't step foot in that god forsaken place.
Microsoft has a great work life balance for a mom with a good salary. Flexible hours, ability to work from home often when needed because most management is in Seattle.
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