Microsoft Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
8,061 Reviews
3.8
8,061 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 688 reviews)

  • Tons of super smart people working for the right reasons - to make a difference (in 893 reviews)


Cons
  • And there are times when the workload may impede on your work-life balance (in 476 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist (in 369 reviews)

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  1. 2 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 for 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
  2.  

    Architect

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    Current Employee - Architect  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Architect in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for 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
  3.  

    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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Mature management and good benefits

    Cons

    A bit of heavy process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make process lighter/agile

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  5.  

    Microsoft Retail

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than a 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
  6. 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 for more than a 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
  7.  

    Great

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    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 for less than a 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
  8.  

    Not what I thought

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    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales

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    Current Employee - Product Advisor  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Microsoft part-time for more than a 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
  10.  

    Highly Enjoyable!

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Good Life/work balance
    Usually pretty happy people
    Good vision of where they are going
    Pay is good for the work done

    Cons

    Contractors are looked down upon, you cannot go very far in a contractor role and conversions are at an all time low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management has an idea of what is going on, there is currently a shake up from the top down and I feel they are going in a good direction.

  11.  

    Microsoft is the destination for experienced and collaborative professionals seeking a rewarding career and lifestyle.

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    Former Employee - National Director, Rich Media Solutions  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - National Director, Rich Media Solutions in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Gain tons of corporate experience in technology, development, marketing, management, business and bureaucracy.

    Cons

    Typical corporate politics like any other corporate companies which is expected. Layers of approval can cause huge delays.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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