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Great if you are in Seattle, but engineering in the bay area is not the place to be

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Current Employee - Principal Program Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA
Current Employee - Principal Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

Smart people, good benefits, stability. There is a fair amount of variety in the bay area but nothing like what there is in Seattle of course.

Cons

In my experience, teams are all very interdependent which means everyone has to agree to get anything done. Not super nimble. More talking than doing.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop hiring in partners in the bay area and grow the people that are there. It feels like there is no future down here. Pretty much all Bay Area partners were hired in.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Once great, now declining

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Includes a stay fit program, you get $800 to spend every year on health activities
    Global company enables to build relationships around the world
    Good salary

    Cons

    Culture is changing from creative go get it to what does my boss think
    If you are outside of Redmond and your team is there, it is hard to evolve in your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many re-orgs affect career development, too many managers, poor manager-employee relationship when you are remote.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    used to be a cool company, not cool anymore

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - SDE2  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - SDE2 in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    good place to learn Microsoft technology

    Cons

    too much politics, not too much change to grow

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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