Benefits and perks
A culture of wellness and balance
Benefits play an important role in your choice of an employer. That’s why we work hard to make sure our benefits reflect the changing needs and wants of our people, and it’s why we provide many industry-leading benefits to our employees who rely on them. Our goal is to empower you with the resources, incentives, and flexibility you need to enjoy success on the job and to live a healthy, balanced life.
Microsoft is widely recognized as a leading company for offering one of the strongest and most comprehensive compensation and benefits packages in the country. We start with competitive pay, bonuses, and stock awards to eligible employees based on individual performance. Then we add on unique offerings that might surprise you.
Leading health and wellness care
Medical and hospitalization. Industry-leading health coverage, more than many other companies offer.
Vision care. One annual eye exam and reimbursement for one pair of glasses or contacts per calendar year.
Dental care. Choose between a basic plan or a plan that covers more—including orthodontic services.
Physician house calls. Yes, that’s right. In the Seattle area, doctors can come to you, 24 hours a day.
24-hour health line. Receive useful, easy-to-understand information 24x7 to help you make sound healthcare decisions.
Free on-campus health screenings and flu shots. Taking care of yourself is as easy as picking up lunch with our on-site Living Well Health Center.
And so much more, including life insurance, disability insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, group legal coverage, dependent and healthcare flexible spending accounts, weight management programs and office ergonomics support.
Maternity and parental leave
Maternity leave. New birth mothers receive 8 weeks of paid maternity disability leave, and may also take short-term disability (STD) leave starting 2 weeks in advance of their scheduled due date.
Parental leave. For births, adoptions, or foster placements on or after October 1, 2015, parents will receive 12 weeks of fully paid parental leave to bond with their new family.
Savings and investments
401(k) plan. We match $0.50 for every regular pre-tax or Roth dollar that you save. So if you reach the pre-tax/Roth contribution limit (equal to $18,000 in 2016), Microsoft will give you an additional $9,000 in matching contributions! For additional tax-advantaged savings, contribute up to $20,000 on an after-tax basis each year and convert to Roth. Also, if you will be age 50 or older this year, consider making catch-up contributions as well.
Employee stock purchase plan. Each quarter, we can purchase Microsoft stock at a 10% discount off the market price during a defined purchase period.
Training and development
In addition to tuition and textbook reimbursement for approved work-related courses, we offer amazing internal resources such as technical, management and professional development classes, a visiting speaker series, TechFest and even our own library.
15 paid vacation days, 10 paid sick-leave days, and 10 paid U.S. holidays, plus two personal days to call your own each year.
At Microsoft, you’ll have an amazing range of opportunities. You might become an expert in a particular field or build proficiencies across many areas. You might be an individual contributor or become a manager. Because we have so many kinds of jobs in so many different places, you can stay in one building, city, or country, or you can cross borders—in person, or virtually.
Your career and professional development is a partnership between you and your manager, reinforced by our numerous career resources. And as much as we’re here to support you, we believe your career is an individual adventure. You drive your career development plan while your manager assists and coaches you, and we provide a framework with the tools and resources you need to succeed.
One thing is certain, you’ll never stand still at Microsoft.
Our philosophy: an individual adventure
Defined roles. Each of our jobs has clear requirements for success but lots of room to push boundaries and grow. Managers provide ongoing support, but ultimately you are empowered to shape your personal experience and chart your own career path. You can go deep in an area of expertise, or move across functions or businesses to experience a breadth of opportunity.
Career path options. You don’t have to be a manager to move up. Both individual contributor and management careers progress all the way through senior levels—we highly value both.
Movement between job families. We define desired results and consistently apply them for all job families available across our teams. This makes it easy for you to learn about each job family and identify and develop.
Our career guide
A clear way to manage your career. Our career guide is a tool that describes careers across the company and provides visibility to those opportunities to help you manage your career. The career guide helps you understand the skills and capabilities that contribute to success in today’s environment, and provides a variety of ways to develop both in role and for your future career. As part of your development, you’ll have the option to engage in some 2,000 training programs taught by instructors from leading educational institutions and offered online, virtually, or in classrooms around the globe. You can’t beat the level of investment we place on career development.
Mentoring & networking
Connections to help us grow. At Microsoft we share knowledge, experiences, and resources to help each other achieve our career goals and grow both professionally and personally.
Mentoring allows you to learn from the experiences of professionals within and outside of your own area of expertise, and to build a network to help find opportunities that can promote your development. Mentoring is a great way to make a big company feel smaller—and its opportunities more accessible—to each of us.
Employee resource groups, networks and social groups allow people with common interests or backgrounds to connect with each other. Do you love pets, vegetarian cooking, or the environment? Do you share a cultural background or special need with other employees? Chances are you’ll find a network of people with similar interests and/or needs at Microsoft, and you can connect with them as you develop your career and lifestyle. Being a part of the Microsoft community is a rich, fulfilling experience.
Diversity and inclusion
The heart of our business. Microsoft has always been about recognizing the value that different life experiences and viewpoints bring to our business. We seek out people from diverse backgrounds and encourage them to take risks and approach challenges unconventionally.
Global reach. Local impact. Microsoft has a responsibility, based on our mission and values, to promote social and economic opportunity in the communities where we work, live, and do business. That’s why we collaborate with governments and community organizations to address societal needs. Our commitment to enabling societal change and upholding the highest standards of business conduct are a part of what make us proud about working at Microsoft. With the support of our employees and in alliance with our many partners, we will continue to make positive and lasting contributions to society.
Volunteer and gift matching. Donate cash, stock or products to your favorite nonprofit agency, and we’ll match dollar-for-dollar up to $15,000 per year. Volunteer your time in the community, and we will donate $25 per hour to the eligible organizations you serve.
Gyms and fitness. We offer paid memberships to full-service gyms or extra dollars in your pocket to spend on your own fitness program.
On-campus retail shops and sports fields. Work and play at the campus social hub, The Commons, which offers a salon and mini-day spa, mail center, bank and 11 different restaurants. Spend your free time browsing our retail shops for the latest bike and ski gear. Drop off your dry cleaning. Join in a pickup soccer, basketball or cricket game on our sports fields. Play an impromptu round of Xbox with co-workers.
Sports equipment check out. Need a break? Check out Frisbees, basketballs, soccer balls, bocce balls, footballs, volleyballs and even bicycles to enjoy the most our campus has to offer.
On-campus cafes and kitchens. On our Redmond campus alone, we have 33 cafes, 37 espresso stands and 500 kitchenettes stocked with 35 different types of free beverages. Our employees eat 35,000 meals a day, and we’re the only “3 star green” corporate dining operation in the world!
Microsoft Connector shuttle and bus fleet. 55 wi-fi and power-enabled coaches and shuttles transport employees from their Seattle-area homes to work and back, saving 200,000 car rides per year. Once on campus, our shuttles make hopping from building to building quick and easy. During your interviews, you’ll get a preview of this service via our exclusive recruit shuttle.
Social clubs. From dodgeball to photography to theater, we’ve probably got the social club for you—and if we don’t, start one!
Discounts. Enjoy substantial savings on Microsoft products through our company store. Take advantage of tons of nationwide and local lifestyle discounts, like restaurants, travel, spa services, pet care, and car repair. Our employees also get special offers and discounts for technology, arts, entertainment and sporting events.
Flexibility. Whether you are an early bird or a late riser, flexible work hours allow you to work when you are at your best. Our dress code is simple: you have your own style; we expect you to bring it.
Electric car charging stations. Access the ChargePoint Network, an open-platform network of electric vehicle charging stations throughout our Redmond campus and around the globe.