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Employee Reviews
(Winged ratings measure job satisfaction on scale of 1 to 5)
Anonymous Review Image
"It's getting better. I believe that we will continue to see improvements."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Does the CEO support gender diversity?
"yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Improve work-life balance and policies (e.g. flex-time, limit face time)"
Position or Department
Software Engineer, Engineering
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
"They are flexible, but still most people work during 'regular hours'"
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Culture
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Depends on which team you end up on"
Anonymous Review Image
"Find a good team, move to another team when your needs aren't being met."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
2.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Does the CEO support gender diversity?
"yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Fundamentally change the way projects, roles, and teams are formed, prioritized, and rewarded."
Position or Department
Senior Software Engineer, Engineering
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours, Culture, Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"They're trying. Some teams do well. But the overall system is fundamentally a monoculture."
Anonymous Review Image
"Microsoft is really making an effort to promote female leaders. Unfortunately, in some areas, the work is not aggressive enough. In others, the promotion of women is so aggressive that there is now--and will continue to me--backlash. "
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Does the CEO support gender diversity?
"yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Improve work-life balance and policies (e.g. flex-time, limit face time)"
Position or Department
General Manager (GM), Operations
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$50k-$100k
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
"Overall, the "Redmond bubble" is real. In order to really make a difference with HQ, you must be physically present."
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
"While I didn't take maternity leave here, I would really like to encourage all women to take the leave that they are granted. With each of my four children, I only took 4 weeks, when I really could have taken 6. There is no extra credit for those extra weeks I gave my employer. Microsoft offers 12 weeks of maternity and I find myself very jealous and really work hard to protect those weeks for my employees (male and female)."
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"In the male-dominated tech world, women either have to work twice as hard or they are put on the "mommy track" . It's hard!"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Does the CEO support gender diversity?
"not sure"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Improve my compensation"
Position or Department
General manager, Sales
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Flexibility isn't the problem for me, but the on the ground culture is competitive for all the wrong reasons, not customer focused enough and not accountable."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
2.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Does the CEO support gender diversity?
"yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Work culture more in line with the growth mindset that Satya Nadella talks about. I'm really disappointed that most people still behave as if Steve Ballmer were still in charge."
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours, Culture, Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Depends on the work culture you want. "
Anonymous Review Image
"Great benefits, and they are working hard at diversity. The top bosses get that things need to change but there is still a huge undercurrent of people who don't understand what all the fuss is about"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Does the CEO support gender diversity?
"yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"The company is dedicated to developing women in their careers through regular women in leadership conferences, "coffee and conversations" events, recommending specific women mentors for women earlier in their career, excellent maternity leave, excellent benefits overall that support work/life balance. I highly recommend Microsoft to other women. "
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Does the CEO support gender diversity?
"yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Not much; it's a great place to work"
Position or Department
Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Marketing
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
"I can work from home when I need to or work remotely for a week at a time when I need to travel for personal reasons. Employees are also encouraged to work the hours that work best for them. Some people come in early and leave early while others work from home in the morning, come into the office in the afternoon and work later at night. "
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
"N/A"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"This is a great company to work for, amazing management and co-workers. Work-life balance is great."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Does the CEO support gender diversity?
"yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Improve my benefits (e.g. medical, maternity)"
Position or Department
Associate, Administrative
Recent Salary
$50k-$80k
Recent Bonus
$0
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours, Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"It is such a huge company that it is hard to know what your experience would be, so I would try to talk to women on the specific team you’re looking to join. It’s a lot better than many companies out there, but that doesn’t mean it’s good."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Does the CEO support gender diversity?
"yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Position or Department
Manager,
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
"Depends on the team I would say."
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours, Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"It’s a better company to work at than I’ve experienced before, but at least on my team, men are taken more seriously than women with the same education and similar experience."
Anonymous Review Image
"Well diverse company with a laid back culture. It is a great place to work with flexible hours. "
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Does the CEO support gender diversity?
"yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Improve my benefits (e.g. medical, maternity)"
Position or Department
Associate Recruiter, Human Resources
Recent Salary
$50k-$80k
Recent Bonus
$0
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours, Culture, Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"LTs aren't ready with women inclusion strategy and conversation. Though lots of talk... "
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Does the CEO support gender diversity?
"not sure"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Position or Department
Business Program Manager, IT
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours, Culture, Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Watch your back and pay close attention to the nuances behind what people say ("be a team player, not a critic" is not a good motto)"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Does the CEO support gender diversity?
"no"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Improve work-life balance and policies (e.g. flex-time, limit face time)"
Position or Department
Senior Technical Writer, Engineering
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
"I think that this company caters to younger people. It's great that they have generous parental leave policies, but that doesn't help an older worker who is more likely constrained by caregiver duties."
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Different groups, different roles can have different experiences so I wouldn't want my experience to stop them from getting a job with a good fit. Make sure your manager is a person you TRUST."
Anonymous Review Image
"Make sure you document everything and search out positions you'd like to move into. Advocate for yourself!"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Does the CEO support gender diversity?
"not sure"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Position or Department
Product Manager, Product
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
"There is flexibility for working from home, but the hours are very long."
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"It really depends on who your manager will be - if you have a manager who will mentor you and help you move up the ranks, then you will be successful."
Anonymous Review Image
"pick the right team and manager for you as its so important because your team and manager really count on you. make your boundaries clear. keep track of your successes. build great relationships at all levels, get a mentor immediately and network, network and network some more."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Does the CEO support gender diversity?
"yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Improve my compensation"
Position or Department
Executive Business Administrator, Customer Service
Recent Salary
$50k-$80k
Recent Bonus
$0
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
"most employees are afraid to request flexible hours even tho most have the option. not want to appear not doing their part. only employees who have their boundaries due to experience are comfortable with flexible hours and work from home schedule."
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"each team/ group is different depending on the respective manager "
Anonymous Review Image
"Ask for what you want. Promotions and salary may be not be given up front but if you ask you will get a lot more"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Does the CEO support gender diversity?
"yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Position or Department
Business Program Manager, Academics
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours, Culture, Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Great company to work for, but watch out for gender bias"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Does the CEO support gender diversity?
"yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Position or Department
, Engineering
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours, Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 0 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Men are promoted based on potential. Women have to prove themselves (with ever-moving goal posts) for the same positions."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Position or Department
Program Manager, Engineering
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"No"
Anonymous Review Image
"Seek out a senior person to help guide your career development other than your boss. Managers change often and it is important to have multiple allies. "
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Does the CEO support gender diversity?
"yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours, Culture, Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 12 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Complex, highly political organization so understand the organization or align with others to get things done. "
Anonymous Review Image
" great place to work at for a good family life"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Does the CEO support gender diversity?
"yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Improve work-life balance and policies (e.g. flex-time, limit face time)"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
" "
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours, Culture, Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Microsoft is good at supporting Women, depending on the org you are in. Not all are supportive of maternity leaves or medical leaves, but the good orgs are investing in women. BAPI, or now they call it BAG, is one of those orgs. "
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Does the CEO support gender diversity?
"yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours, Culture, Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"This is a pretty good place to work. I liked it."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Does the CEO support gender diversity?
"yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Position or Department
Software Development Engineer, Research & Development
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours, Culture, Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
20 Paid | 0 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Microsoft embraces diversity and I encountered no significant issues as a woman due to company culture or policies. As a global company, it is inevitable that a few co-workers or partners may have a pre-existing stigma around women, however this was a challenge to embrace and overcome by earning their respect."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Does the CEO support gender diversity?
"yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Improve work-life balance and policies (e.g. flex-time, limit face time)"
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
"Microsoft is generally flexible with work hours or arrangements, however needs to include remote opportunities as an accepted part of the culture."
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours, Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"It's better than most places and I have a very positive experience"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Recent Salary
$80k-$100k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
"I'm not US based my country has great maternity leave rules"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"It's better than most places and I have a very positive experience"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Does the CEO support gender diversity?
"not sure"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Recent Salary
$80k-$100k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
32 Paid | 0 Unpaid
"I'm not US based my country has great maternity leave rules"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"this company has Great benefits, and senior leaders support diversity & flexibility"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Does the CEO support gender diversity?
"yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Not much; it's a great place to work"
Position or Department
Sr. Program Manager, Finance
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours, Culture, Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
20 Paid | 0 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Go for it, amazing opps for women! not sure careers are for everyone though"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Improve my compensation"
Position or Department
Digital Marketing Director, Business Intelligence
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Good upward movement until you get into Directors and above"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Does the CEO support gender diversity?
"yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Position or Department
Business Program Manager,
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours, Culture, Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"It's a good place to work, but like any other tech company, you have to be aggressive and sometimes things are unfair the higher you go."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
2.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Does the CEO support gender diversity?
"yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours, Culture, Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"You need to be very assertive to borderline aggressive to be noticed as someone who has impact, if aren't seen as having impact you won't progress and will eventually be managed out. If you're looking for a promotion, it is expected that you're working at the level of the promotion before you're considered a candidate."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Improve work-life balance and policies (e.g. flex-time, limit face time)"
Position or Department
Software Engineer,
Recent Salary
$80k-$100k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Level of Flexibility
1
2
3
4
5
"The hours are flexible but the workload can be heavy so you're still squeezing in the 50 hours of work, but you can decide if you do it at 10am or midnight."
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"You need to be very assertive to borderline aggressive to be noticed as someone who has impact, if aren't seen as having impact you won't progress and will eventually be managed out."
Anonymous Review Image
"I agree with other women's reviews that you're manager impacts 95% of your experience and review. Although the amount of effort that I put into my job has remained the same over the last 10 years, my reviews have varied wildly depending on whether my manager liked me or not. The first five years I regularly got feedback that I was too abrasive, despite seeing men never get this feedback. I landed under a manager of that saw no value in my skills and that was like hell for two years. But other years I've had managers that really liked me and I've been a top former. Honestly it's a crapshoot. The maternity leave is very generous, that's probably the best thing. But each time I've come back from maternity leave I've had to switch teams because the new mom bias is terrible. I never talk about my family at work, I find that to be much easier to help avoid mom bias. "
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Position or Department
, Engineering
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
20 Paid | 0 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"No"
Anonymous Review Image
"Great place to work, super work life balance, and super career advancement opportunities."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Not much; it's a great place to work"
Position or Department
, Marketing
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Great benefit and maternity leave. It is really family friendly. "
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Improve my compensation"
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 0 Unpaid
"Since last year it has become 20 weeks of 100% paid maternity leave and 12 weeks for dads"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"The group I'm in has lots of women in technical roles. It has been a leader in women-friendly and family friendly policies. Not all teams are like that, but good ones do exist."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Not much; it's a great place to work"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours, Culture, Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"There is lots of support for families at Microsoft. As with many large corporations, the support of women and promotion to leadership varies by group. Some managers and teams really get it and have made changes. Others have not. Yet. I believe Satya Nadella is working hard to make necessary changes."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"We need to promote more women into leadership, but we also need more unconscious bias training for male managers who lead mixed teams to make sure women in engineering and program management roles feel supported."
Position or Department
Senior Program Manager, Engineering
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours, Culture, Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
16 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Competitive family leave policies in line with top tech companies"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Culture, Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Depends on the team and manager"
Anonymous Review Image
"Hours are moderatley friendly. I wish more people worked part time and/or left early. "
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Position or Department
Senior Program Manager, Engineering
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours, Culture, Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"It has a great attitude to maternity, pays well but is a "old school club" environment. Lots of people who have been there too long in jobs they really can't do"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Truly empower individuals"
Position or Department
Marketing Director,
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours, Culture, Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Depends on if they want to be a lemming or not!"
Anonymous Review Image
"The company can still be doing so much more for women... You won't encounter any blatant sexism but the culture is still very much all about 'the guys' at the top and being part of each department's boy's club."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Position or Department
Business Program Manager,
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours, Culture
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
"The company added paternity leave rights and extended maternity leave last year, though only in the U.S."
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"The company offers a lot of great experience opportunities but is still very much old-school corporate America when it comes to women (and diversity in general). It's trying to change its culture and has a few interesting initiatives for women, but in my opinion it's still far from being enough."
Anonymous Review Image
"Microsoft if a great company to work for in terms of work/life balance, and taking care of a family but you have to be careful and mindful of the busniess groups to advance professionally "
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours, Culture, Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Choose your manager very, very carefully. Research by searching out other women who work in that group and ask to sit down and have a private chat outside of theory office."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours, Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
8 Paid | 4 Unpaid
"Recently expanded, very generous. However, depending on your role, taking that time can result in a noticeable penalty to upward mobility. Hourly pressures in Services make it particularly difficult to take this time away without a hit on your career"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"There is a big difference in experiences depending on whether you are highly technical. If you are doing technical work in services or coding in a Product Group, there are the usual challenges with getting recognition, bonuses, etc. On the other hand, excellent benefits, the company tries hard to address these problems. No worse, so far as I can tell, than other IT industry companies."
Anonymous Review Image
"If you join, build up a network of supportive female professionals. Don't trust HR. Don't fill out polls or surveys. Just do your job unbelievably well, and you will slowly rise to a point When it is time to move on because you hit the glass ceiling, do that. Try moving around every two to three years to resist "tracking" and growing stale. It can be hard to move around, but with determination you can usually pull it off."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
"That was a long time ago I took maternity leave. Today Microsoft has one of the best, considerably extended, maternity leaves in the industry. They also now encourage men to take paternal leave, which I've noticed is really changing the attitude among men towards the time away--they appreciate it and judge women less harshly for taking time away. I had great managers and no consequences for leaving for maternity leave, but I now hear varying stories from the women. My theory is this is mostly due to crushing metrics coming in over the past six years. Stepping away for this leave seems to inevitably lead to reviews (for both men and women) that complain about your "lack of impact" and the sudden rise of vague statements about how you are falling short, but in ways where you cannot figure out how to correct the perceived problem."
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"It depends. Microsoft has good benefits for women, and can be relatively family friendly, but only in narrow roles where women are traditionally in the majority, such as in HR, marketing, etc. If you are a young woman with technical qualifications and no family, it is a wonderful place to get started, with interesting and challenging projects. But when it comes to promoting engineers, older women with families have a hard time rising. Seeing this, 2-5 years down the road, the younger female engineers tend to walk out as a result, or move to much "softer" roles. Women are very poorly represented in the upper reaches of Product Groups and especially in certain areas of the Services (field facing, customer facing) branches. Metrics rule, except when it comes to measuring the more embarrassing aspects, such as the technical numbers and their spread in various groups. Those metrics are also often brutal towards women, ignoring the impact of often useless or nonsensical travel, celebrating high numbers of hours over great work, brushing past the limits of extending work into personal lives, and passing over the particular challenges that female engineers have in the IT Industry. D&I initiatives are driven by HR with very little understanding of these differences in women's experiences across the company, and ironically tend to lead to confirming instead of countering the worst views of women: weak, incompetent, just not ready to perform. At its best, Microsoft is a wonderful place for women to work--for a time. Male peers are usually good to great to work with, but management seems afraid of women and over-controls through HR, putting women in boxes they cannot get out of easily, and failing to be fully accountable for slow progress at the top tiers. At its worst, Microsoft is very, very tough, but probably no worse than anywhere else in the IT Industry."
Anonymous Review Image
"I wouldn't say it's any front leader but offers decent options. "
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Improve my compensation"
Recent Salary
$0-$25k
Recent Bonus
$0
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Culture
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Great place to work. Flexibility and great culture. Women treated the same as men."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Not much; it's a great place to work"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours, Culture, Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I would encourage young women to work here, because it is great when you are early career. I would recommend mid-career and later to go elsewhere."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 0 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"I would encourage young women to work here, because it is great when you are early career. I would recommend mid-career and later to go elsewhere."
Anonymous Review Image
"Benefits are fantastic. The impact of the software we build is immense. I've been working hard and I've been getting promoted at a relatively fast rate too. It took me a long time to reach a point where I was unhappy with my job, and initially I didn't know why I was unhappy. After I admitted to myself that gender might be playing a role, I've been doing some soul-searching and I now feel that I deserve better. I am looking for something better. Some women seem to be on teams they love. I haven't heard many of those stories, though. Microsoft is doing a bunch of public talking around diversity. Microsoft is walking some of the talk, but overall there's too much talking and not enough walking."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"At this point what angers me most is that HR is blocking grassroots efforts around improving diversity. When women raise very legitimate concerns we get lectured on all the stuff HR is doing. HR talks down to us. If I felt like HR actually cared about us and was genuinely listening to us I'd be significantly less frustrated."
Position or Department
Software Engineer 2,
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours, Culture, Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Pay, promotions, performance evaluations, etc. seem to be fair. Benefits are great. If you ignore the company culture, everything is pretty awesome. The culture is hostile to women. Microsoft is trying to change. Some efforts are happening. But those efforts haven't trickled down to the bottom ranks yet. At a recent women's event with a Q&A section, a woman almost got a standing ovation after she asked when we'd finally be seeing some sort of effort to get most of the male ICs / low-level managers involved in diversity efforts. My manager has been very understanding and has been making changes. Two male ICs on my team are showing interest. But there's no momentum from the team at large. During a lunch conversation a couple weeks ago I was asked if I've figured out how to cook for my husband yet. HR is actively discouraging grassroots efforts around identifying sexism and educating male coworkers. Data and progress is only tracked at the highest 2 levels of the company. Fortunately HR isn't actively blocking or even participating in diversity-related conversations that occur in places with a large audience, e.g. our internal Yammer site. So places with large audiences are your best bet... Recently there was a rather embarrassing viral incident around sexy dancing girls dressed in school uniforms performing at a corporate-sponsored party at GDC. The internal investigation concluded that nobody had bad intentions, and the root cause was over-delegation / outsourcing with too little oversight. No company policies had been violated (What?!?) and from what I could tell there were no serious consequences for any employee involved in the incident."
Anonymous Review Image
"It's hard watching your male co-workers get promoted while you're told that you're not doing enough."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
1.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Position or Department
Senior Software Development Engineer,
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"No"
Anonymous Review Image
"Beware of the hostile work environment and unequal opportunity for women. India dominated leadership and technical workforce has different cultural attitudes towards women than the USA culture. Bullying and exclusion is commonly used to force women out. HR and diversity program does nothing to improve reported issues. Check public discrimination lawsuit documents to understand widely known, unresolved issues. "
Overall Job Satisfaction:
1.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Improve hostile work environment for women"
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"No"
Anonymous Review Image
"Search public discrimination lawsuit documents to understand the environment for technical roles. Leaders and staff from India and Middle East countries have different cultural attitudes towards women. "
Overall Job Satisfaction:
1.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Improve hostile work environment"
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"No"
Anonymous Review Image
"Technical teams can be less female and family friendly."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Promote more women into leadership positions"
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"To ask other women on the team you're considering joining about they're experiences. The way women and minorities are treated varies drastically from group to group."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
One thing Microsoft can improve?
"Work on reducing unconscious bias from happening day to day"
Position or Department
Program Manager,
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Work-Life Friendly Attributes:
Hours, Culture, Policies
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"It varies drastically from team to team"
Anonymous Review Image
"I've worked here for over a decade. Multiple groups, roles and divisions. Women are welcome to work here but don't expect to get promoted or have the same opportunities as men - to be fair a subset of men (white or Indian). The culture can be rough, bullying is common and behavior that is acceptable in the workplace is not that which you would want your child to repeat. There are good and smart people who work here, they just aren't those typically promoted. You will reach mid-level and realize you do not respect or like most of the people at your level and above. A woman cannot respond in the same abusive manner as a man and if she calls him out on it will be penalized. 1 in every 3 experiences tends to be good."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
2.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 0 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"No"
Anonymous Review Image
"Microsoft is not fair to woman."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
2.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
20 Paid | 20 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"No"
Anonymous Review Image
"Mature company with senior people, so benefits are great for people with families. Workload had its peaks and valleys, but very flexible culture, so great for juggling life and the demands of being a working parent. It still felt like a "boy's club" in many aspects, especially in my field, where it's predominantly women, but at the top, it was predominantly male. So, there's work to be done. Having said that, since the new CEO came onboard, Satya Nadella, and his participation in the Grace Hopper conferences, it became more friendly to women."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 6 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I've been with the company for more than 10 years in various positions across 4 divisions. In most of them I didn't feel like being a woman was a disadvantage. In fact, my skills at building teams and meeting deadlines put me on a fast promotion path. However, my current organization is an old boys club, where promotions, projects and bonuses are based on popularity contests, not on actual results."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
2.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Engineering Manager, N/A
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Depends on the organization"
Anonymous Review Image
"I worked for 3 years before I was able to use the maternity leave at MSFT. I had an incredible support system where my manager was a woman and her manager was a woman as well (though childless at the time). They scraped the barrel to find as much time off necessary to give me a full 5-month paid leave plus suggested to come by the 6th month as part time. They paid for my pump through the Women's Leadership's Council funds and installed a lock in my office for privacy. Where else could you find such flexibility? Granted I had female managers but where else would you find 2 female managers to begin with? It was blissful."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Program Manager, Cloud and Enterprise
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
20 Paid | 4 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"My experience is in the UK. I have been here 15 years and love the company culture. If you like working with smart, friendly and collaborative people. Having fun at work, being empowered to work when and where you want and to feel that your work has real impact then consider Microsoft. My 2 kids both went to the on campus nursery and now they are 11and 14 they sometimes accompany me into the office for a day. I know nowhere else like it. I have the freedom to set my own schedule and fit work around family. Work has supported and promoted me throughout my career."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
26 Paid | 0 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I've worked here more than 20 years. It has really changed over the years. I have faced subtle and not-so-subtle bias over the years that has affected my career and financial compensation. Age-discrimination is as bad, if not worse, than sex discrimination, which combined, is pretty bad for women over 40. You can expect to be "managed out" sometime in your forties whether you are a man or a woman. The recent change to the review system has turned the system into a subjective evaluation (popularity contest) rather than one based on facts around what was accomplished. I would recommend looking only at teams that clearly have a higher ratio of technical women than average (which can be found on the Microsoft website.)"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
1.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 0 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"It depends on the team and management of your particular group."
Anonymous Review Image
"It can be a boys club."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I've been here almost 10 years. Some groups are fantastic about treating everyone commensurate to their skills. Others perpetuate the boy's club - not listening to women or even not inviting them to meetings that are important. If looking at this co, ensure you talk to everyone you can in the group..."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
2.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"It really really depends on the group, and the manager."
Anonymous Review Image
"There are lots of career opportunities for women and there is a growing openness to improve the experience for women. Networking is still very important for all employees to get recognition and opportunities. Managers are better equipped and skilled at managing across differences and not just from a gender perspective."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Sr. Director, Human Resources
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$50k-$100k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I have worked at Microsoft for 5 years and it is generally a decent place to work for women. It is more difficult if you are in engineering or have an engineering centric role as it is very male dominated and the men are generally hot heads, think they know it all. The company is decently good at work/life balance for men and women, but its very manager specific."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Lots of politics"
Anonymous Review Image
"I've worked here for 7 years and have had both male and female management chains. All are great. There are some women in leadership that seem to have something to prove, but there are plenty of men like that too. I've worked at a number of different companies and Microsoft is the most fair and equal to women, and has the least amount of sexual harassment. Highly recommend it here."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Program Manager, N/A
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I've worked here for 10 years. The company is very white male heavy. There is also heavy pressure within the company to advance. It's sort of frowned upon to get into a role and stay there for a long time (like, 3-5 years is usually the max). There is heavy competition for advancement opportunities and its very much a who you know kind of thing."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Premier Field Engineer, CSS
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
20 Paid | 4 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"It is a great company to work for. Women are treated as equals to Men. You have to be able to work hard, lean in and take chances. Opportunities are there, you just have to look and work for them."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I have worked here both as an FTE and as a vendor for over 14 years. Never during that time did I ever feel discriminated against. However, like so many other organizations it is all about who you know when it comes to promotions or job moves. I feel fortunate to be working at MSFT especially now that we have Satya Nadella at the helm !"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Sr. Marketing Manager, Cloud & Enterprise
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Microsoft's policies encourage equal treatment for all employees; however, the individual experience one can expect is extraordinarily dependent on one's manager. I've been a full-time employee (FTE) for over a decade, and have more than twenty years' history working for Microsoft (I worked as a contractor off and on prior to joining as an FTE). In the years during which I had managers who were capable and objective (and even in some years when I had managers who were not very capable but were at least objective), I was always a top performer in every team in which I worked. I got a new manager this year and was suddenly given a "zero rewards" [no bonus] review that was attributed not to my contributions (or lack thereof), but to my personality. Not only was there absolutely no supporting evidence given for the assertions about "how" I do my job, but it was demonstrably proven that my manager had not actually talked to anybody with whom I work before creating the review, with the exception of one colleague who has spent years denigrating me. Moreover, despite getting no bonuses from this manager, he was forced to give me a raise of >$10,000 because that's how much less I was paid than others with the same job title in my organization (and the salary was required to be normalized regardless of review). In the past six months, five of my male teammates have told me that they believe my current manager has "issues" with and is "threatened by" women, "manages by intimidation", and that I'd be treated very differently if I were male. These were unsolicited statements, each of which was made after the colleague witnessed various of my manager's actions (and in some cases, his profanity-filled screaming fits directed at me as well as other employees he dislikes). My manager's manager is widely known to be out of touch with what's going on in his organization at lower levels, and his solution to a top performer suddenly being given a poor review and a directive to "get out" was to tell me they do want to keep me in the organization (I'm fairly senior and am technical, both of which are sadly rare across the company), but he has continued to keep me reporting to the manager who has admitted that he does not like me and who has given me an extraordinarily biased review containing numerous false statements. This is despite the fact that there is a peer manager to whom I could report instead. If my manager's manager was genuinely interested in getting a well-rounded assessment of my performance, a simple way to do that would be to shift me to the other manager and see if I continued to be evaluated as a sub-par performer. I would have attributed this experience to a personality conflict between my new manager and myself were it not for a number of incidents (literally dozens in the last six months) in which my manager has, in writing, credited male colleagues for work I've done (to which they did not contribute at all); has blamed me for inadequate work done by male colleagues (which I had no involvement in); has refused to acknowledge or act on several instances in which one of my male peers has delivered abysmal work to the point that we've had to engage legal to deal with the fallout when customers complained; and has pushed the only other woman on my team into grunt work that is so below her capabilities as to be laughable were it not for the fact that it's about to drive her out of our organization. One of the very few other women in my organization (women comprise <10% of employees in my director's organization) was undergoing chemotherapy and she was actually criticized by management for poor meeting attendance during the time when she was fighting cancer. We are losing people left and right because of poor managers (my current manager is not the first bad manager that has been added to our organization by our director in the past few years), and the director usually writes these departures off as normal, even "positive" attrition [meaning- "it's a good thing s/he left, because s/he wasn't a 'good fit', anyway"] After I received my most recent review, when I shared my experiences with a few close friends, I was shocked at the number of similar stories I heard from or about both current and former Microsoft employees. I genuinely believe that Microsoft's most senior leaders want to drive an inclusive, fair culture, but there is an ingrained culture that, if an employee receives a negative review, even after years of being a top performer (whether male or female), it's treated as a problem on the employee's part, not as a potential problem with the manager who delivered the poor review. The experience one has at Microsoft is incredibly dependent on whether that person's manager is an advocate or an adversary, and the system is geared towards supporting the manager, not the employee. I've seen many stellar people driven out of Microsoft because of this, and it is not only women to whom this happens, but in the case of it happening to women, the "justification" for the negative reviews (and firings) that they got has most often been about their supposed personality issues ["aggressive"; "abrasive"; "domineering"; "it's not what you do, it's how you do it"] rather than because they didn't deliver on their commitments and assignments. Microsoft is a company that wants to treat people fairly, but it is unfortunately structured in a way that ensures that that doesn't happen. Rumor, innuendo, and "reputation" propagated by a bad manager carries more weight than praise and kudos from dozens of peers and other teams/organizations does. This isn't sour grapes on my part- I very much want to stay at Microsoft and I actually think that outside of the team I'm in, the organization of which I'm a part is somewhat better at treating women fairly, although there's definitely a "she's difficult" bias against women who are assertive, driven, and/or willing to call out problems in the organization, coupled with an incomprehensible support of male employees who underperform again and again but are vocally self-promoting. Had I been asked a year or two ago if women are treated fairly at Microsoft, I'd have said that we are, but that would have been based entirely on my own highly positive experiences up to that point. It was only when I experienced the "dark side" myself that I started to run across women who have had similar experiences, and in many cases, who also pointed me to even more women who had, as well. For women who are considering working at Microsoft, I'd say the following: 1. Your experience is heavily dependent on your manager and your manager's manager, and those can (and will) likely change a number of times over your career at Microsoft. If you interview and don't get the strong feeling that your potential manager will be your advocate and wants to hire you not just because you're a woman (there's pressure to recruit and hire women and minorities across the company), but because your skills and capabilities are desirable to the organization, run away and look for another team to join. Don't be afraid to ask if you can speak with other women in the team/organization; if there aren't any, if they're only found in "non-technical" roles such as HR, marketing, legal, finance, etc.; or if those women aren't able or willing to enthusiastically articulate how they feel about working in the team, think carefully about whether you want to join that team. And if you're somebody who wants to rise to senior levels within the company, be prepared to have to be more politically savvy and self-aggrandizing than you might normally be comfortable with. Now that I've written that, I'm reminded of a female colleague who recently joined Microsoft and who was brought in at a level far below what she should have been hired at, as well as being told by her mentor, "there's a fine line between keeping your manager informed and 'bragging'." I wish I could say that that attitude wasn't common."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
2.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Equal treatment is strongly dependent on the quality of the management in the given org/team"
Anonymous Review Image
"Be careful of raising any valid complaints, such as sexual harassment, or unfair pay, because you will be punished for that - retaliation is strong with this company's HR and Legal. Review for GE Aviation"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"It's better than other companies but they still have a long way to go to promote and support women"
Anonymous Review Image
"I like working at MS, tons of opportunities and great possibilities to grow and learn. I like the culture and enjoy coming to work every day"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Sr Sales Excellence Manager, Sales
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Not sure"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
1.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Developer, N/A
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Childless women who want to work like maniacs"
Anonymous Review Image
"I've worked here 15 years and have had years where I would say this was a dream job and years where I'm wondering how to get out and its closely tied to the organization. As I've gotten more senior I see more of the double standards and how org specific it is. In terms of broad benefits the company is amazing, can't complain. In terms of interpersonal support we need to get rid of the "old microsofties" who are focused on survival and move to a thrive model."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Group Program Manager, N/A
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$50k-$100k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 6 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Depends on the team. In a good team hell yeah! In some teams I've worked in, definitely not."
Anonymous Review Image
"Work life integration is a challenge wherever you go, whatever your choice. I think it's important to work to solve this within the context of your own situation, knowing what's most important to you, always pursuing your goals, and learn from/lean on others, develop your village. It is possible to have everything you want .... perhaps not all at the same time (though I haven't given up on this yet either! :)), but it's important to maintain perspective."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$50k-$100k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
8 Paid | 0 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"You'll have a hard time finding a place where you can grow your career faster and with the work-life balance I find here. However, with no female leadership from the account teams through to the CEO, I've faced countless aggressive comments internally (and externally) with no support or understanding. While Microsoft says that it values collaboration, mentorship and openness, you are often looked at critically by your peers for displaying too much of those attributes (and won't find your peers displaying them either). All in all though, I am very happy here and plan on staying for a while."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Account Executive, Federal Sales
Recent Salary
$80k-$100k
Recent Bonus
$50k-$100k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"I'm very happy here, and building my career at a rapid pace, but there isn't a single female in leadership from our entire management team through the CEO and it shows."
Anonymous Review Image
"There's sub-cultures. Some divisions are great for women, some not so much."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 4 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"There is general fairness, but the management and workforce is heavily male dominated. Networking with men is difficult, especially if it happens post work over drinks. I also have worked with a few senior people ,manager (1 out of 6) and ICs where I have been judged on likability instead of assertiveness and performance. I have not seen this criteria extend to men. The other area which needs work is when people are given more focus if they share their criticism and opinions, rather than collaboratively proposing solutions."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Program Manager, Engineering
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I worked at Microsoft for 8.5 years and loved my career there. You have to be protective of your own balance and set expectations with your manager, etc... I think Microsoft does a great job around professional development and ultimately is invested in helping employees get to where they want to go."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$50k-$100k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
16 Paid | 4 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$50k-$80k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I'm relatively new but so far it's a very good place to work. The legal department has LOTS of women -- possibly to make up for not having very many on the engineering side."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Attorney, CELA
Recent Salary
$0-$25k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Like most tech companies, most women are in marketing, HR, administrative roles rather than engineering roles. Some female managers in engineering disciplines came up from the administrative/clerical ranks and harbor biases about how women should act at work vs. how men should act. If your work style is more assertive, technically confident, and quick to speak up, and less apologetic, deferring to men and hesitant, you'll have trouble under these managers. How to identify them? Look for women without solid engineering experience who are running teams. Often seen in technical publications teams, but can exist anywhere. If you are a developer, be prepared to run into men who first assume you're product/marketing, and then program management, before finding out that you're a dev, because female devs exist in significant numbers in such a large company, but are still not common. Some of my best contacts there are people who first assumed I was just an English major helping write product marketing copy, and then found out I had architect-level skills and could offer technical feedback. Among the seriously-old-guard (the 20 years + club), it's a boys club. But most of them aren't in your daily life, so you just let the boys be boys, and get on with your job. That said, much of the company is gender-blind (or at least willing to apologize when called on unconscious bias), and if you can steer clear of the female admin type managers, your skills are likely to be recognized on their merit and you could find yourself with a great opportunity. As in any big company, it is ALL ABOUT POSITIONING. Get on the right project, and you can get attention from people at the VP level and higher, quickly. Get on an ordinary project, and you can make a good living and stay mostly invisible for years."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
1.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"If you find a good group, go for it. Many groups are gender-blind."
Anonymous Review Image
"Women can have a vastly different experience depending on the team they are on, and their manager. In my 15+ years, I have had good managers and bad ones and it has made a world of difference in how I am supported and the opportunities I have received."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Sexist. Ceo is trying to change culture, but hasn't trickled down to middle management"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Sales, Cloud
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
26 Paid | 4 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"No"
Anonymous Review Image
"The Leader to who I work for, used bad words, even during meetings and also over the phone!! my daughter who was 9 at the time even heard them, during the Company wide required feedback, I provided honest feedback about his bad words, which rather than taking them as an area of opportunity he instead made my life a living hell. I ended up leaving that team in less than a year. He made sure the next manager also gave me horrible time. I ended up losing my job. There were almost no woman in that team."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
1.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"No"
Anonymous Review Image
"Pretty good awareness to promote women. More and more women are managers and directors."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Program Manager, N/A
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
20 Paid | 10 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I've worked here straight out of college. Although my engineering team is predominantly women, this is NOT the norm. I see a lot of women coming into engineering roles, which is encouraging. But my management chain, from my direct all the way up to Satya Nadella, are all men. This is the case for most employees at Microsoft."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Software Engineer, N/A
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Funny... I read the verbatim that the site provides as an example and it was exactly how I feel... I've worked here for years and there are a lot of women working here, but predominantly in support roles. Generally I believe they are treated fairly but management is male-dominated and not diverse, which makes it tougher for women to "network" with them. Mid-level women don't seem to advance because of these subtle issues."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Program Manager, Contract and Revenue Management
Recent Salary
$80k-$100k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
24 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"On paper, yes, very supportive of women in the workforce. In practice, very much a boys' club at the top still. Despite the great flexibility (hours, working remotely), the crazy workload and multiple time zone work means that the job is not very family-friendly. Women don't have the time to network enough to get to the top. Most of the men in management position have stay-at-home wife taking care of the kids."
Anonymous Review Image
"I have the perfect balance of work and life at Microsoft. I get to work from home, still manage a global role and enjoy my personal life. I really feel Microsoft gives me the best of everything which makes me want to work for them everyday."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
24 Paid | 24 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I've been here for over 3 years. You need to have a thick skin and be willing to take risks. I've been in groups of women where they talk about '1000 little papercuts' during their days, but it's not something I've ever experienced. I act like one of the guys, I guess, and so I'm not hyper sensitive like others. I don't feel as if I have ever been judged negatively because of my gender. Engineer4Fun"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"MSFT has been through a lot of change since I left but historically, it has a very type A, competitive culture. Every group is unique though. Be sure you enjoy networking and internally PRing yourself. These are important traits in addition to being functionally good at your job at MSFT."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
N/A, Marketing
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I've been at Microsoft for about 2 and half years as a junior/mid-level employee. Outside of core engineering teams, men and women seem to be treated fairly for the most part. When I say core engineering teams, I mean teams that work on technical features that have broad impact across the company and therefore yield the biggest bonuses. Sometimes you can be in an engineering org but your role may not be a particularly technical. As a woman, the closer you get to core engineering roles and responsibilities that require technical skills, the less women you will see and the more you’ll experience being undermined, sidelined, and discriminated against. Management is apathetic to this issue, mostly because it has never affected any of them. I applaud Katherine Moussouris for calling attention to this issue. It is very real and very pervasive at Microsoft and needs to be addressed."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
2.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"At Microsoft a lot depends on your management chain and team. Some teams very obviously undermine and marginalize women. Other teams are wonderful and inclusive."
Anonymous Review Image
"I was reassigned to new team during maternity leave. I was put on performance improvement programming by new team when returned from maternity leave. I resigned before pip. I was calibrated very well before maternity leave."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
1.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$50k-$100k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 0 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"No"
Anonymous Review Image
"Microsoft cares about women."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
15 Paid | 0 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I've been here for 13 years. Generally women are treated fairly, but like in all tech companies, the management is predominantly non-diverse males and I believe there is an unconscious bias against mothers taking time to tend to family needs, flex time, etc. Benefits in general are great to support a family."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
N/A, Finance
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I worked here for 3 years in engineering where there were few other women. All of the women were in junior levels, even the ones who were not entry-level and had some years of experience. I did not have any mentors or sponsors, the environment was fairly isolating."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
$50k-$80k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 12 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"It was a good first job to have straight out of school."
Anonymous Review Image
"I am a vendor here and have worked at Microsoft for the past 5 1/2 years now. There are a lot of women that work here but mostly in support roles. I don't see as many leaders as there should be. Women are treated fairly but I would like to see more women in higher levels here. It would also be great if FTE women would give vendor women opportunities to join the company. It is hard enough as it is for women in the work force and I don't see many networking opportunities around here. And those who do network are bad mouthed as 'desperate'."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
SEM Optimization Specialist, Bing Ads
Recent Salary
$50k-$80k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I've worked here for 18 years and there are a lot of women working here, but predominantly in support roles. Generally I believe they are treated fairly but management is male-dominated and not diverse. Mid-level women don't seem to advance because of these subtle issues."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
1.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
$50k-$80k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
8 Paid | 4 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"It depends on the role and the manager"
Anonymous Review Image
"While I was treated better here than at any other company I've worked for, there are still certainly some issues, not least of which is Satya Nadella's comments about women and raises. Almost all of the Admin Assistants are women, and while there are some engineers, devs, testers, etc that are women, you REALLY have to strut your stuff as people will tend to think you should be doing 'softer' work (presentations, admin assistant, marketing, reporting, etc). Show everyone that you're a world class talent though, and you'll get respect in a hurry, and outside of some cultural barriers, you'll find people will back you up pretty strongly."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Senior Service Operations Service Engineer, N/A
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"The particular organization you're in within Microsoft has the largest influence on how good your experience will be, or how bad it will be. Re-Orgs can turn a fairytale like environment into a hellish nightmare pretty quick. Keep your finger on the pulse of the org. If people are starting to get stressed, start looking to transfer. If a power vacuum opens up, cutt throat politics WILL ensue, so get somewhere else as fast as you can. When there is stability and cohesion within an org, it shows. When there isn't, it's hell."
Anonymous Review Image
"I've worked here for 11 years. When I started, I worked for a woman who was formerly the head of a very big group. Looking up in the organization, I saw a few women who were up the management chain (though none other than my boss in my own management chain). Now, there are far fewer, and it isn't clear as to why. On the positive side, the lack of women in leadership has been acknowledged by the top people in my organization, and there is a lot of thought going into what to do and how to change the organization's management from a 40-something-wife-at-home-white boys club like it is now. As for maternity leave, I have found both men and women (and especially men) to be supportive of parental leave. In fact, I've seen male managers be more supportive of taking the full leave (20 weeks) than women managers."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Senior Program Manager, Office
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I have worked here for 13 years. It's a great place to work depending upon your management. Still very male dominated, but the company is evolving for the better. Great maternity leave options, and flexibility when needed around family."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
24 Paid | 16 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Its a great company to work for. how women are treated depends on the team you are in , your manager etc. initial pay and level negotiation is key ."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 4 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Good benefits for both women and men Opportunities to learn and grow Engineering teams are probably lopsided in leadership with more men in those roles, but people related organizations like Services and Human Resources have a good number of female leaders"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Sr. Business Manager, Services
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I've worked at Microsoft for 10 years and overall, for women, I feel it is a good company. My salary is very fair for my role and I feel I am having an impact in what I do everyday. For a company that is very engineering focused, I think there are still a good number of women in those roles. There are several women in leadership positions as well, however not many of the women leaders are in engineering, mostly services and people management. I've never had a problem being judged for being a woman, needing time off or other related experiences."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Business Manager, Services
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"You need a strong sponsor in your group and a manager who is sensitive to unconscious bias"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Program Manager, ASG
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$50k-$100k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Different groups have different culture"
Anonymous Review Image
"I've worked here for 6 years and there are a lot of women working here in a range of roles. Generally I believe they are treated fairly, but at times still excluded from "mixing with management". There are can still be people with an us and them mentality."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I've worked here for 4 years. There are great benefits, maternity leave, and work/life balance. The senior leadership is predominately white males. Men are often promoted over women. The current review structure does not account for gender bias so I would assume that men, on average, receive higher bonuses - although HR would not confirm that when I reached out about it. Lots of talk to press about them investing in women, but do not see that happening internally."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Senior Marketing Manager, Marketing
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Pros: benefits, paid maternity/paternity leave, work life balance Cons: Leadership is predominately white males, men are often promoted over women, agressive culture that doesn't value assertive women"
Anonymous Review Image
"I've worked here for 7 years. There are a lot of women working within my group - the challenge is that the hours are still very intense. You are on all of the time making it difficult to find time for your family."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
8 Paid | 4 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Depending on how much they want to travel and be away from their family."
Anonymous Review Image
"Women are still not at equal pay for the same roles / levels as their male counterparts. Leadership roles for women are much harder to attain, particularly if trying to climb from within the organization and in the last couple of years, large percentages of women over the age of 40 were laid-off after years of service."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
1.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"No"
Anonymous Review Image
"Depends on which team you go . If there are more men who work 20 hrs a day when u work then you will look like a slacker. Not all teams are like that. But people definitely work more than 8 hrs a day"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Software engineer, N/A
Recent Salary
$80k-$100k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"If you can work for more than regular work hours"
Anonymous Review Image
"Women can definitely be successful here but it is very male dominated. My experience is that to be successful you need to act like all the men around you. This is not only a gender issue but can also be an issue for introverts."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Principal Program Manager, N/A
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$50k-$100k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Varies greatly by division and/or manager"
Anonymous Review Image
"Many of the women at Director or Executive level either have no children or a spouse that does not work outside of the home. Men are congratulated if they work from home or stay home due to a domestic issue."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
2.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Depends on the group and manager"
Anonymous Review Image
"24X7 nurse hotline; in home doctor visits; subsidized back up childcare - 100 hours per year at $4 per hour."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Director, N/A
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$50k-$100k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Microsoft offers a ton of flexibility and opportunity - I have been here almost 13 years and I am very proud to work for Microsoft."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Senior Director, Channel Marketing
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Experience for women will vary greatly depending on the group they are in. I have had a great experience, did interesting work and am fairly compensated. I do not have executive aspirations, which helped me choose balance. It is a fairly flexible work place in most groups which many take for granted. And 20 weeks mat leave (8 unpaid) with 4 / 8 for men is pretty darn good."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
N/A, Marketing
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"If you want to be taken seriously, do not start in a support role. There is a massive glass ceiling above all support roles and near impossible to break out of them, regardless of skills or experience. Ability "choose" work hours or flexibility is completely dependent on your current manager. Good manager = good work/mom balance. Not awesome manager = crappy work/mom balance."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$50k-$80k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Amazing company with amazing rewards and benefits. Recommended for only the extremely driven people of any gender."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$50k-$100k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"n/a"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
N/A, sales
Recent Salary
$80k-$100k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I have worked here for 5 years and there are quite a few women here but mainly in lower level roles. Generally I believe they are treated fairly but management is male dominated an not diverse. Some managers treat women differently than there mail counterpartes"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Group Finance manager, SMSG
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Depends on the group"
Anonymous Review Image
"Microsoft is a good employer... but with a lot of legacy in place. While Satya tries to refresh the company and improve it's policies, most of it still operates with a lot of politics and slowness."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I worked at Microsoft for 10 years, 6 as a contingent staff and 4 as an FTE. I had so many positive experiences working at Microsoft, but did not leave on a very positive note. I felt like there was so good equality among males and females, but there were often "good ole boys clubs" that made it difficult to network well. I think maternity leave is generous, but being a working mom was criticized by many and not overly supported from my leadership."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
$50k-$80k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 0 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"There are so many great things about Microsoft, and so many not so great things."
Anonymous Review Image
"My experience has been that there is a lot of flexibility and trust. Microsoft hires smart people that are good workers, so the philosophy in my group was: here's your job, here's the deadline, I don't care where you do it or when you do it, just get it done. I appreciate that flexibility and trust as a parent. There isn't any feeling of having to "clock in and out" With that said, the majority of senior leadership is male. There is a level that I believe is difficult to surpass while still spending a reasonable amount of time with your family."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Sales, N/A
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$50k-$100k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Great opportunities for growth"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Not really a place that you're going to spend your whole career, but the training I gained while there was worth the layoff!"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"N/A"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Its a Job, not a marriage. Make sure to not work excessively, learn the fine art to do your job greatly well giving the "extra" mile but make sure that you keep it controlled and don't give more than necessary, even if you can give the 2nd extra mile. Once you give it will become the standard from you, and always those around you will want more... suddenly you will work +8 hrs / day and always feeling behind.."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
PM, N/A
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"For all the years I worked here which was many, I was always treated like I was a small child, just because I am petite and short. Even though I gave the team the best ideas and gave the job my best when compared with a guy I was given inferior treatment always. My male peers some of them were pretty clueless and had 0 experience but went out for happy hours with the boss, so were given much more respect. Advice for women who reach a decent position please do not go along with the men and treat other women disrespectfully just so that you can gain extra points. Remember how you would like to be treated as a woman"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
2.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
PM, N/A
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"No"
Anonymous Review Image
"Great place to work...comes with the everyday politics of every company"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Business Admin, N/A
Recent Salary
$50k-$80k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 0 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"To learn the organizational make up of Microsoft, this will allow a new person to more quickly integrate into Microsoft. old school leadership leads to a very political environment, to succeed overall one must be able to adapt to such environment. Females are about 17% - 20% of the population, females are respected for their abilities and contributions but I believe women must exert themselves more to move ahead."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Network, Network, Network. It's totally about who you know and who knows your name."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
$80k-$100k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Speak up in meetings. Try to sound confident and authoritative even if you feel unsure inside. Make sure you own your ideas and take quick action to implement them before others do it for you. Don't be afraid to take risks."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Build relationships and find mentors."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
1.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
N/A, Bing
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"It very much depends on the group you are in."
Anonymous Review Image
"I've worked here for 27+ years. First day to first 23 or so were wonderful. After that when I didn't want to move up within the organization things started to turn 'blah' where it wasn't ok to not want to increase level and responsibility. In addition it became very male centric where as a woman I was overlooked for my contributions. Pay attention and pick a part of the organization where women are appreciate and in senior leadership positions."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Director, N/A
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
16 Paid | 0 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Depends on the department and how women are treated. Not always good for the female persuasion."
Anonymous Review Image
"Make it a point to network and stay well-connected to senior individuals within your team, as well as folks across your organization and the larger company."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
2.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Lead Program Manager, N/A
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"No"
Anonymous Review Image
"Be open and appreciate all the benefits you have!. focus on what you can control there are things that are corporate rules that you cannot change, focus only on what you can change"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
MArketing and Operations Director, Marketing
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Start networking immediately, build relationships by meeting and helping others, they will help you in return."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I wish I believed in myself more. I wish that I had used those airline miles to take my husband with me before the kids were born."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
N/A, Marketing
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Be Open"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
PM, Surface
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Like many others, I worked early on as contingent staff for a number of years before joining as an FTE. The group I finally joined was fun, innovative, took risks and had a lot of integrity. We weren't doing brain surgery but everyone worked very hard as a team. I knew at the outset being a woman was a problem as I was hired at $10K less than a male counterpart with equal experience -- actually less in the area we were hired. But I liked my boss (salary was his bosses mandate) and I decided to take the job. I never ever cried except once at work about 4 months before I resigned and it was at 10pm at night and I was alone in my office. Over the years I created a suit of armor to deal with the increasingly hostile environment. I find now after leaving that after many months I am crying all of the time. I had just turned off my emotions to deal with all of the stress, abuse and intolerance. Recently MS has laid off pretty much everyone in IT over 40 and all of the women they could possibly get rid of. They do this under the guise of RIFF which is crap. They are cleaning house to get rid of the old people. I can find many of my friends jobs now on the job boards everywhere. And the executives continue to sit in front of Congress and the Senate talking about how there aren't enough qualified people and how they need more H1Bs. Don't make me laugh. The many good years I had I remember with joy but the company now isn't a very nice place. Suffice it to say the comment Nadella made at the women's conference wasn't him misspeaking."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
2.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Might work for you but the culture I signed up for changed drastically and became horrid."
Anonymous Review Image
"Be more vocal about what you want and if the tasks you are given align with your career goals. If you are not happy with the team, MOVE to another team before your morale gets beat down and it starts hurting your reviews. It is now getting easier to change teams and there is no requirement to stay for any amount of time. I have seen that people don't always start with the right team, but now you have the power to move to another team."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
software engineer, N/A
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Take the time to observe, listen and get a sense of the culture but not too much time - give yourself 90 days. Read the Harvard Press book my first 90 days so you can develop an effective plan and hit the ground running and get some quick wins under your belt. Find a mentor or two - build a peer network of go to women you can count on. Invest in people and build a strong network and learn how to collaborate well with others while driving results."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Chief of Staff, Engineering
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"The work will come... don't worry if you don't have enough in the first 3 months, it will soon be overwhelming."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I worked here for 8 years and wish I hadn't stressed so much about my maternity leave. My team was fully supportive through this tough personal period, and I was still respected for my work ethic and performance."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Software Engineer, Online Services
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 12 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"You can't do it all, particularly after you have children. Decide what is important to you, and stick to that - and try to be consistent, it is helpful to those you work with, and to your children. Work with your manager to find the right balance that works for you - it takes open communication and honesty but has worked for me for many years!"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
N/A, HR
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
8 Paid | 4 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Believe in yourself, trust your instincts, have a voice, be present and you will do GREAT things."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
HR, N/A
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Be confident in yourself, and others will be confident about you. Be a decision maker, people are hungry for direction. Be kind, smart and nice aren't mutually exclusive. Don't get hung up on levels and promotions, instead do good work, elevate others and success will come. Or at least you'll be happy. And be clear about what you want from your career. Don't assume management will guess at your aspirations."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
product marketing, N/A
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 4 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"..."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Engineer, N/A
Recent Salary
$0-$25k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"it's going to be hard work. It's going to be long hours. If you have a family move closer to work so the time away from the family won't impact that work life balance."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Sr Program Manager, MSIT
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
8 Paid | 0 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Depending on their background and future goals"
Anonymous Review Image
"Confidence comes from expertise and experiences. Seek out new challenges/experiences. Network\Communicate in your own way – Stay Authentic. Have Trusted Advisors."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Principal, N/A
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$50k-$100k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 0 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Be confident"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Stay true to yourself & have confidence you can do anything!"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
1.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
N/A, HR
Recent Salary
$80k-$100k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
20 Paid | 0 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Depends"
Anonymous Review Image
"Make sure you understand the culture of the group you are joining."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"its all about being in the right group right now."
Anonymous Review Image
"Be yourself"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
N/A, Microsoft
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"After working at Microsoft for14 years, I feel like I have done a lot of great things in my career here. I wish I had spent more time building more mentoring relationships and keeping my network of people and coworkers ripe and active. I would have specifically sought out a strong female who could coach and mentor me."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Relax. Give yourself a year to learn and get your footing. When your manager assigns you an area to cover, reach out to others to learn everything you can about it. Ask everyone you talk with to suggest another person to talk to. If the conversation goes well and you like the person, ask them if you can meet again at some later date to review your work and get advice. Once you feel comfortable, don't limit yourself to what you're assigned to do -- seek out projects, offer to help others, if you are passionate about something, do it. That's the best kept secret around here: if you tell enough people you're working on something, eventually you will be -- just make sure it falls within your org's product/goals/vision. Have fun and connect with others. It'l be great!"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Senior Designer, Design
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Make the most of your experience but don't be afraid to say 'no'... the extra work you take on may not be worth it."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
1.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
N/A, OEM
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Depends on division"
Anonymous Review Image
"Network! Find projects that interest you outside of your normal responsibilities. Ask for what you want. If you are a working mom, do what you need to do for your family. Microsoft expects that your family will come first. They will support you!"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Build strong relationships and network a lot. Don't be afraid to try a new role or job and certainly don't believe every bit of feedback you get."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
N/A, Talent Acquisition
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"It varies from group to group, but the overall company is good."
Anonymous Review Image
"What a nightmare! Everything was fine until I became pregnant. What was said in my review did not match my review score. It became clear that they were trying to manage me out the minute I returned from maternity leave. I left quickly and had another manager beg me to stay as she knew that my crappy review score was going to her. If you have a bad review score they will deny you disability leave so watch out for this. Absolute pleasure leaving this team!"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
1.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
SDET, Sql Server
Recent Salary
$80k-$100k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
4 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Find the right team."
Anonymous Review Image
"Be prepared to experience a lot of change, and learn to roll with it. While it remains a male dominated company in the technical roles, you are given every opportunity to either affect change, or influence it positively. Don't worry so much about what you will do in 5 years, just go be excellent at what you are doing now. Don't be afraid to ask for help, and GET A MENTOR!! And finally, be empowered to ask for a promotion and a raise if you think you deserve it! You'll be surprised at how often it will work!"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Technology Strategist, Enterprise Sales
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Lots of changes happening in this company, I have been thru numerous re-orgs. Be prepared for your charter to change."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I wish I had been told that you define your own destiny. The company is supportive if you are ready to be ambitious and lean forward. Microsoft does not do very well with employees who are not assertive and don't grab on to opportunities. My advice to young women starting out is to be confident, ask for challenging work and then go and deliver."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Director, N/A
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Just be yourself and be confident in who that person is... and be in charge of your own career. Don't assume that your manager is there to grow you to the next level or position, etc... it is up to you to determine what learnings you need, what job you think is the best fit next... The manager is just there to help guide you on your quest."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
N/A, Human Resources
Recent Salary
$80k-$100k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Be optimistic"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
2.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
N/A, OSG
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 0 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I wish I would have known that my starting salary and level would be an issue throughout my entire career at Microsoft. Don't under estimate the importance of negotiating a good salary, title, level from the start. The work life balance lines are very blurred, but there is ample flexibility to make up of it most of the time, but you have to take it no one is going to offer it to you. Plus, a good mentor right away will help navigate the politics because this place feels massive from the inside."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 4 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Don't idolize the job position you are in if you just came out of college. There are bad bosses and bad roles, and sometimes you can fall into one of those bad roles as part of holes in the on boarding. Just network and use connections to get yourself to where you feel you fit in."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$80k-$100k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I worked here for 10 years in Finance as well as Marketing. I never saw women treated differently than men. I had my first kid 3 years after joining and enjoyed a flexible work culture, excellent maternity leave (12 weeks paid and 8 weeks unpaid and you can take it all together) that accomodates the needs of parents. I had 2 kids while at Microsoft. There is politics in the company but not a bias against women. So you need to know how to build relationships with senior managers men or women (had plenty of women in my many of my teams always)."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Senior Marketing Manager, Marketing
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I'd tell myself to ask as many questions as possible whenever I didn't know what to do. It not only helps you learn, but sometimes it informs higher ups that a project is bigger than they imagined and not something for a newbie to get. Also, expect to be challenged constantly- managers can be a little forceful in questioning your decisions, which is not the greatest situation for an introvert. To other women, you may get put into a team off the bat that you don't mesh with. It's generally considered poor manners to switch teams mid-release, but once the product is off for production, you can shop around. Use the time before you can switch to network and get to know about how other teams work. Try to build a relationship with the person that'd be your manager. That way, when it's time for a reorg, you'll have an idea of how other teams work, or if the team you thought you'd join is discontinued, you'll know to ask the old manager where he or she is going. If you like your management, try to stick with them through team changes. While having an interest in the team's goals is important, enjoying being around your coworkers can really make or break your experience."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
$80k-$100k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"It really depends on the team you'll be working within"
Anonymous Review Image
"Grab every opportunity for training--it's at your fingertips."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
N/A, Advertising and Online
Recent Salary
$80k-$100k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Don't underestimate yourself. Negotiate your salary. Men tend to do this better."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Lead Program Manager, N/A
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 4 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Depends on their home life."
Anonymous Review Image
"Do not always be a team player - sometimes you need to look out for yourself."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
1.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"My experience in the last year has been horrible but in other years and departments, it was much better."
Anonymous Review Image
"Seek out opportunities to work on high visibility projects and/or projects that will give you access to senior management. These relationships are very important for performance review season and networking down the road."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
N/A, SMSG
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"trust your instincts and don't be afraid to ask questions."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Group Program Manager, N/A
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
>$100k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Believe in your worth and negotiate a higher starting wage. It will compound over the years"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Admin, Marketing
Recent Salary
$50k-$80k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"It's hard to sort out how to advance your career or level (compensation), even as a top performer."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"try to get on a team that is at least 30% female or one with female leadership"
Anonymous Review Image
"The internal women's community is strong so don't judge on what you read in the media. Microsoft is a great place for women to thrive, innovate and change the world."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$50k-$100k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I see many working mothers in my team, and they have flexibility on their working hours. People are understanding if there's any issues that arise. This is true for both men and women"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
8 Paid | 12 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I've been here a while and love my new job (which I've been in for 3 months now). Aside from the job, team, management etc - all which I'm happy with, what I most appreciate is the flexibility I have to manage my work life and outside life. Flexibility for personal time, mom time and social time. There has been a lot of change recently that I hope is for the better, I'm in a bit of wait and see mode to say for certain. Also - the benefits are amazing!"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Sr Program Manager, Customer Service & Support - Online Safety
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Depends on the role, I've heard the engineering teams can be rough (this is not my profession)"
Anonymous Review Image
"Promotions are based on a popularity contest, and with the removal of the formal review system recently this is more evident than ever. There is no structure or framework to fairly evaluate people's readiness for promotion, and as a woman that leaves us at a huge disadvantage."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
1.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Program Manager, N/A
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"No"
Anonymous Review Image
"I have been with the company for nearly a decade. I had children prior to joining, and I've found the family benefits and flexibility in my roles in order to support the needs of my family to be quite good. I've worked a flex schedule many times in order to ensure I didn't miss games, performances, etc."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
N/A, Online Advertising
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Depends on the organization within the company"
Anonymous Review Image
"great work life balance in this role"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Technical Account Manager, Services
Recent Salary
$80k-$100k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"It is extremely competitive with quarterly "Connects" where you share what you did with the value to the company and what you could have done differently. Politics at higher levels - there is an "old boys club" that exists and is very active."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Senior Program Manager, Microsoft IT
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I have worked for Microsoft for over 10 years. I enjoy my work, but what you read about Microsoft and their stack ranking system and how the company is run by HR is true. They mandate women have to be in interview loops above a certain level and this does not help the image of women or working towards diversity. Our CEO has had a few blunders in the press, and my personal sentiment is he is not people focused and the culture is still very cut throat at the expense of the business."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Director Solution Sales, Enterprise
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 12 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"No"
Anonymous Review Image
"Having a good manager is key to being successful here, as is being very driven and motivated to sell yourself."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 0 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Great Place to work!"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
PAM, Sales
Recent Salary
$25k-$50k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Great benefits"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
2.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Program Manager, OSG
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Microsoft is transitioning from an "old school" company of many male engineers to a "current" company with a healthy mix & attitude towards women and men, as well as affordances for more flexible works schedules. Most of the women I work with have children or are planning to have children & they feel that Microsoft allows them to be a mom and work. I personally like to work out in the morning so I can cook dinner with my husband in the evening. Microsoft lets me get in later / leave later so that I can do that."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Certain groups/divisions are focusing heavily on investing in women. Those divisions - while still n"
Anonymous Review Image
"I've worked here for almost my entire career - mostly as full time, but with a part-time stint as well. I've had maternity leaves and was very supported through them. I feel like there are great places for women in this company but that there does exist an "boys" network that tends to undervalue some of the strengths that women bring to the table and that results in few women being promoted to leadership positions."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Program Manager, N/A
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Like any other organization - Finding a sponsor (male or female) will do wonders for one's career."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Principal PM Manager, N/A
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Just like any other corporation. Pick your manager not the job."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Director, N/A
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I've worked at the company for 8 years. Microsoft has a wealth of resources for women including social groups and incredible health and child care benefits. The flexibility provided to me to work at varying hours, work from home, etc. is a differentiator for me and allows me to have better work/life balance."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Senior Program Manager, N/A
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Ive worked for Microsoft for 4 years through 1 pregnancy. I was 9 months pregnant and still working when a position that I was qualified appeared within my current team. A position that had I not been pregnant I am sure I would have gotten. Other than that I returned to work disappointed but my work life balance since the pregnancy has been great. I feel like overall the company is supportive."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$50k-$80k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
8 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I have worked at the company for almost 25 years and have enjoyed a variety of roles and different orgs - every role and group has so many different opportunities. As a female employee and manager I have never felt limited, judged or held back. Competition is challenging, the modified review system is much better but as a manager I don't feel like I have complete control of rewards for me team."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Business Program Manager Group Manager, IT
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"It is not my gender that makes me feel different - it is being single, childless, and American. I assume any single, childless, American male would feel the same. This is a very good place to work. Keep in mind, though, that experience can vary wildly between teams. That being said, my experience has been great."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Software Engineer, N/A
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Speak up else you will be stepped over/talked over and overlooked. You have to adopt Men-like behaviors to be successful here."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Sr. Software Engineer, N/A
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 0 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Closest to the best tech company in the area"
Anonymous Review Image
"The flex time opportunities are great. As a single mother of a small child, it was hard for me to work regular hours. All managers I've had of me working when it makes sense for me."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Program Manager, N/A
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I've worked at MSFT for 12+ years and through two kids. They are not very supportive of part-time work, but typically supportive of other flex options. the environment in each division/group can be really different. I highly recommend DevDiv, the developer division whose focus is on developer tools. I would stay away from Xbox unless you are a work-aholic gamer. I don't think that group is very family friendly."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
PM, DevDiv
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"The company is really good when it comes to diversity, work-life balance as well as opportunities."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
PM, N/A
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I've worked here for several years and have seen a good balance of both male and female managers with both being very supportive and treating everyone equally. Being in the engineering side of things I've always been used to being the only, or one of the very few females in the room/team and that's true as well but definitely improves when you happen to be with a female manager."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Program Manager, Windows
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Good benefits and culture for families in general, even though the particular experience depends on the particular team/department"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$50k-$100k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I have worked here for almost 2 years. As a whole, Microsoft doesn't do a great job supporting college hires integrate into the larger Microsoft community. However, Microsoft has many tools, trainings and employee resource networks in place to guide current employees in their career growth, so if you are resourceful, can handle the soul-crushing reality of office politics,and are comfortable being the only women and/or only under-represented minority on your team(and how that plays out in a patriarchal capitalist white supremacist institution)...then you may succeed here. However, the importance of having a manager who is your advocate and willing to help you grow cannot be stressed enough!!! If you don't feel like your manager (your boss's boss) supports your growth and recognizes your value, leave your team ASAP. Build up your credibility by proving your engineering prowess if you are a software engineer/program manager. If you did not graduate with a degree in Computer Science, keep this information to yourself lest you be marked as incompetent or less-experienced. The work/life balance at Microsoft seems more reasonable than other tech giants. Also, last warning...be cautious of the work you sign up for...women have a tendency to be assigned devalued work...be sure that you are very cautious when taking on new assignments."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Program Manager, Operating Systems Group
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Very flexible to accommodate different work arrangements like part-time, unpaid leave, mat leave. Similar to other companies, building a strong network within the company helps a lot in reaching your career goals."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 0 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I have worked at Microsoft for 3+ years and took 1 maternity leave. After returning, I was able to work out a schedule that worked for my family as well as change roles to better fit my needs (so less travel, but maintain a role that kept me challenged)."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"it all depends on who your manager is. there's lots of opportunities to grow and learn, but compensation has always been subpar. little to no bonus, no matter how hard one works. i am here purely because of the opps to learn and the flexibility."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 6 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"it has its good, bad and ugly"
Anonymous Review Image
"I've worked here a long time, through good times and not so good times. The company will take all you have to give unless you set boundaries and hold to them, but when you do that they are generally respected."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Director of Benefits, Human Resources
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"GOOD"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
SDET, N/A
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"It's a great company which allows for work/life balance"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 0 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Even though the gender ratio is imbalanced, everyone I've worked with here acts professionally and gladly accepts diversity of many kinds. What matters here is what we can contribute or accomplish, not how we look or dress while doing so. CEO Satya Nadella was recently criticized for not encouraging women to speak up for themselves, but I think that's just because here at Microsoft, our work is allowed to speak for us, as it should."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Software Engineer, Windows
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Microsoft tries hard to be a good company for women. It's benefits are exemplary, and it has a lot of support. Still, it is a tech company that values active dissent and speaking over/interrupting others is encouraged. Despite recent changes, it is still a confrontational, combative workplace. If you are a woman that thrives in that environment, you'll do well, but if you are more of a consensus builder, don't like confrontation or don't feel comfortable walking the fine line between being assertive & driving and being a bitch, you'll do fantastically well."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
N/A, Marketing
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I have worked here for a long time and stayed through having 2 children. I returned after both maternity leaves because I want to have a career and was apprehensive of taking a longer break as that affects one's career. My second time return was a lot easier than the first time given I had a great manager. If you have a good manager and you have proven yourself on the team, you can get good flexibility."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
8 Paid | 4 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"A lot depends on the group you are in and your manager. If you have a good manager, you can get lot"
Anonymous Review Image
"Worked here 16+ years. Overall have had a good experience -- I work hard but have lots of flexibility that allows for work-life balance."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Principal Program Manager, ASG
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$50k-$100k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
16 Paid | 4 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I have been here for 15+ years and feel that the company has become much more women and family friendly with a focus on an evolving culture that allows women to feel more empowered to work with different styles and approaches. It is also up to the individual but the company certainly supports family first, Work life integration and culture that supports women's careers more progressively. I often say that I have had 3 distinct careers within the same company; you cant say that about many companies - this is due to the great career movement that you can do across many different areas of the business."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Sr. Director, N/A
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$50k-$100k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I've been here for almost three years and have built up a lot of communication and management skills. It is a good place to build up skills needed in the industry."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Depends on the team and the manager, but overall it's a very good company, it has good benefits for women/mothers but we can see by ourselves that the leadership is still all men"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
PM, N/A
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Good company. Lots of variability between groups."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Many people with family so it's more understanding"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 0 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
""
Overall Job Satisfaction:
2.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"No"
Anonymous Review Image
"I have worked here for 3.5 years - its not an easy place to thrive. It takes a while to built credibility and trust. Not to mention, one should build a thick skin and toughen up, in terms of accepting criticism/not being heard, and still voice out to sustain and grow."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Software engineer, N/A
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Microsoft truly is a company that can change the world. Their reach is incredible. I work on Office, a product used by millions and millions of people every day. That's exciting and motivating! They have lots of perks, but like all large companies, a fair amount of bureaucracy as well. The trick is finding a good team. There are many good teams, but there are a few real lemons that will sour you on Microsoft for good. Once I had kids, I made sure to work only for managers who also had kids -- they just get it. But there are also managers without kids who understand the pressure. While I have been the trailblazer, nowadays I also prefer to work on teams that already have a number of women. You only need about 2 women on a team to make it a safer place, but in the technical roles that is sometimes hard to find. A team with 15-20% women is a sweet spot (harder to find more!)."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Software Developer, Office
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Microsoft is a huge company, so it depends a LOT on your immediate team. Most teams are great."
Anonymous Review Image
"Every day brings new and wonderful challenges and you get to work with incredibly talented people. The environment is supportive and the company is striving every day to improve the workplace not just for women but for ALL employees."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Teams and organizations vary in terms of the number of total women and their culture. My team has a number of other women, and I've never felt that fact has made my job or my environment less pleasurable. Overall, my coworkers (male or female) have treated me with respect. Leadership (though primarily male) have been forthcoming about wanting and growing a diverse workspace."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Teams dynamics may vary; but overall from a leadership perspective there is an urge and acknowledged"
Anonymous Review Image
"Microsoft has made some missteps over time, but in general there is a strong and genuine commitment to diversity. I think after Satya's karma comment our leadership really sought to understand and then harness the value diversity brings to the business. I trust the leadership here, I am able to balance a demanding role with the demands of a growing family at home, and I love my job."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Started working for this company straight out of University. While I am definitely a minority among engineering roles, I never felt like "the girl". I am always treated similarly to my male counterparts and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and culture here."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Program Manager, N/A
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I've worked here for more than 5 years and love it so far. The work life balance, the impact of my work in the lives of billions of people, and the pay is superb."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
1.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Principal Program Manager, OSG
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"There are a lot of resources for women here. I have felt very supported."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Recruiter, HR
Recent Salary
$50k-$80k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I have so far very positive experiences with the company. I am now about to go on maternity and parental leave. I hope I will find a supportive environment, and that my return after the leave periods will be pleasant. I hope to work there many more years to come. My current role and team are great! Let's see what happens."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Software Developer II, Visual Studio
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
14 Paid | 16 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"women friendly company..."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Senior Program Manager, N/A
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I've worked at Microsoft for about two years and have already had two roles based on strong performance in my first job. I really enjoy the level of flexibility provided including the ability to manage my own schedule and work in the ways I'm most successful."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Program Manager, Microsoft Learning
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$50k-$100k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I think it is a great company for women in their early career stages. It is very challenging for women who have extensive experience prior to Microsoft and are looking to advance."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"This is not a terrible company, but I don't like Seattle."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
1.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
sdet, N/A
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"its great."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
SDE II, Azure AD
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I've worked in my current position for 3 years. The people I work with are smart and friendly. However, i dont feel appreciated in this company and feel that a lot of politics come into play when it comes to giving promotions."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
3.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Software Engineer, N/A
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"No"
Anonymous Review Image
"In the 7 years that I’ve been with this company, I’ve received several promotions and felt that I was treated equally to my male and female peers with regards to base pay and bonus. At times it is difficult to find work life balance with many exciting and big projects, but the culture is typically flexible so it’s all about the quality and impact of your work and not about the amount of time you are in the office. The environment is collaborative and my ideas are heard. Affinity groups have been a great way to connect with others, providing safe forums for discussion, and for networking. I would recommend this company to other woman as a great place to work- and one that is continually looking for ways to do even better."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I've found this role to be very supportive of women's equal pay and maternity leave benefits!"
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Staffing Associate, University Recruiting
Recent Salary
$25k-$50k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Opinions are heard and feedback taken - no matter who offers it up. Work/life balance is what you make of it here and choices are supported as long as work gets completed."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$80k-$100k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
""
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$50k-$80k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I've worked here for roughly 2 years and have quickly moved up in roles and level. I work with a majority of female managers and associates (I'm in HR) and feel my thoughts are heard and my value to the team is known. I look forward to continuing to grow in this company and plan to stay as far as my career path will take me."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Staffing Associate, University Recruiting
Recent Salary
$50k-$80k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Women are treated fairly and given equal opportunity as men to take on projects."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I have worked there for 17 years. I had major illness and later twins and I have always had support from my managers and co-workers. It's a good role with interesting work and there's nothing to complain about except the terrible traffic to and from work."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Senior Program Manager, misc
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"I have worked for this company a long time and stayed through having 2 kids. I was with the team for a while and built up my credibility before having kids, so that helped. With my second kid I was managing a team and had more responsibilities, so it was more challenging. I moved to a individual contributor role to help with better work life balance but the career trajectory definitely slows down."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 8 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Not a great place if you want a fast trajectory and still maintain work life balance"
Anonymous Review Image
"Overall I've enjoyed my time at Microsoft. I've had 2 kids and was even promoted while on Mat leave. There are times where work-life balance can be a bit difficult but it is achievable."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Principle Program Manager, Cloud & Enterprise
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 3 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"There are a lot of old-school men around, but it has changed a lot over the years. I doubt that it is worse than any other major company with regard to how it treats women. I don't notice a difference between the treatment of women who have taken maternity leave. If anything, it's overcompensated for to make sure no one takes issue. That said, I am treated differently because I am a woman, often. However, I am happy with my work/life balance and the creativity of the job, so I don't plan to leave."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Senior Lead, OSG
Recent Salary
>$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Microsoft still has a predominantly male culture and male management team. My experience was that women with years of experience are assumed to be pursuing an administrative or project management career path, and are assumed to be less technical. Young women are assumed to be less knowledgeable than their peers."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
2.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Senior Consultant, Microsoft Consulting Services
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 0 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"No"
Anonymous Review Image
"Have been with Microsoft for 5 years now and I believe this is a great place for women. However, there are a lot of unconscious biases and people do have to prove themselves before earning credibility and respect. And this is harder for women."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
4.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$10k-$20k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 0 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
Anonymous Review Image
"Microsoft is a bit of an odd duck. It's very difficult to move around in this company because they have taken the good old boy network and institutionalized it. They actually tell you, you have to hobnob and glad-hand the hiring manager for six months to a year before a job opens and then once one opens, you will be at the top of the list. if you don't do this, you will not ever get interviewed for any job. So, forget having the right experience and credentials; those do not matter at all. What matters is hanging out at the bar and having a drink. and yes, that is MUCH more awkward as a woman."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
1.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"No"
Position or Department
Premier Field Engineer, N/A
Recent Salary
$100k-$150k
Recent Bonus
$20k-$50k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"Yes"
12 Paid | 0 Unpaid
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"No"
Anonymous Review Image
"I left Microsoft for another local tech company, and only stayed away for about 2 years. I love it here! I've been back for about 3 with no plans to leave. I have excellent flexibility, can work from home, and have very reasonable expectations for my work."
Overall Job Satisfaction:
5.0
Are women & men treated equally?
"Yes"
Position or Department
Staffing Consultant, HR
Recent Salary
$80k-$100k
Recent Bonus
$0-$10k
Did you take Maternity leave?
"No"
Would you recommend Microsoft to other women?
"Yes"
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