Microsoft Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated October 9, 2014
Updated October 9, 2014
8,371 Reviews
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 820 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 964 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 537 reviews)

  • Review system that pushes people to look out for themselves instead of being team focused (in 395 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company but it has to stop thinking that great talent can only be successful at its Seattle HQ

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great environment to grow, nurturing and positive.

    Cons

    If you want a career you simply have to live in Seattle, which cuts off hundreds of great talented people from making Microsoft more successful.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not too shabby

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staffing Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Staffing Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Worked at a start-up that got acquired by MSFT and stayed a little more then a year after the acquisition completed. All the hype about work/life balance, perks, etc. are true at MSFT. They generally treat their employees very well and have a lot of structure in place for employees to work their way up the ladder. It's a very comfortable place to be.

    Cons

    If you're used to the start-up world, MSFT probably isn't the place for you. It's not that fast-paced in anything (day to day work, project deadlines, meetings, promotions, etc.) It can get boring a little boring since you're 1 in 90k+ employees and if you're someone who wants to see an immediate impact from your work, you probably won't see it here for quite awhile.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know the company is trying to move in a different direction and develop in a faster environment, keep it up and good luck!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you don't mind the slow pace.

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    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Desingner in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Desingner in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Microsoft cares about your work/life balance and does a great job keeping you happy.

    Cons

    Very difficult to work on a remote team. If you're outside Redmond, you bang into the ceiling very quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a balance between the engineering-led culture and the need to innovate. Leadership needs to embrace visionary ideas and bring design into the fold at the highest level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Architect

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Architect in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Architect in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Diversity, work-life balance, flexibility, benefits, a lot of smart people.
    New CEO, fresh vision.

    Cons

    Corporate tends to live and operate in a "bubble". This isolates them from the reality of today's landscape. That is changing, however, with a new, forward-thinking CEO

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to Satya! Having all of your eggs in one basket (Windows/Office) was great for 30 years....those days are over.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Mature management and good benefits

    Cons

    A bit of heavy process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make process lighter/agile

  7.  

    Microsoft Retail

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Advisor in Corte Madera, CA
    Former Employee - Product Advisor in Corte Madera, CA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, management is flexible with scheduling, over all experience is at Microsoft is good.

    Cons

    It is slow at times, and you have to figure how to stay busy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Microsoft Store

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    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Corte Madera, CA
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Corte Madera, CA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay and FREE phone and tablet.

    Cons

    Hard to get a promotion. I personally applied for 10 positions outside of my home store and only had one interview, you will be lucky to get a thanks but no thanks email. The company hires based off of your gender and race not based off of skill. Hire a TON of Best Buy people. Little to no marketing about the stores. Too many products rotating in stock makes it hard to stay current on training and keep customers happy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    STOP HIRING FROM BEST BUY! Learn how to spend money on marketing the retail stores existence.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Experienced people who know a lot about industry

    Cons

    Very big so you might get lost at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Not what I thought

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people, Good company to have on your resume for further job searches.

    Cons

    Some managers don't really care about what you do but when it comes to the reviews they expect you to know everything without them training. Will give you a bad review and not take no blame for not training you appropriately.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to train new employees correctly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Microsoft part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Culture, Team, Everyone works together to support each other in the process. We don't come to the team to wish that everyone fails. We want everyone to succeed.

    Cons

    Every little thing counts towards you regardless of numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication throughout the team. Need to have clearer views of how to move up the corporate ladder.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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