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Microsoft Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
7,899 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.  

    Good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Mature management and good benefits

    Cons

    A bit of heavy process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make process lighter/agile

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Microsoft Store

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Advisor  in  Corte Madera, CA
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Corte Madera, CA

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wonderful People, Weird Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Management  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Field Management in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    There are great people at the bottom (individual contributor level) across the company. There are apparently good people at the top of the company judging by the visibility and transparency since Satya's elevation to CEO. But there are LAYERS of self-serving, politically absorbed and internally focused middle management between them.
    Other pros: a beautiful corporate campus, above-average benefits, above-average total comp package.

    Cons

    See above. Lots of energy still being expended on political infighting and turf battles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You could lay off 25% of Microsoft in Redmond and never miss a beat.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA

    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
  6.  

    Not what I thought

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Advisor  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in San Francisco, CA

    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
  8.  

    Highly Enjoyable!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    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.

  9.  

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

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

    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
  10.  

    Fast moving, engaging with lots of resources

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director, Global Delivery  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director, Global Delivery in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Lots of great technology, resources and access to information. Super smart people

    Cons

    Too many complex levels/grades of people. Career roadmap complicated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on fewer products, build tighter high performing teams and don't duplicate effort.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Smart People

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Some of the most motivated, highly skilled IT people you will ever meet...with a true passion bordering on religion.

    Cons

    The old saying "if you've got 15 minutes, Microsoft will take it..." absolutely applies. You will be challenged to maintain work/life balance, but if you love winning, the work piece may consume you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Glad to see the Stack Ranking is gone...advise management to quickly dispose of all vestiges of that culture...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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