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Microsoft Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
213 Reviews
3.7
213 Reviews
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Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber (in 859 reviews)

  • You will get the opportunity to work with smart people solving real world problems (in 991 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not good in some places but it really depends on your role (in 552 reviews)

  • Performance review system basically encourage competition inside the team (in 400 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great engineers in emerging culture

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    good engineering practices, smart people, diverse product lines to work on

    Cons

    lot of employees are still old school, not fast enough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the youngsters

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    excellent place to learn engineering

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SDE2 in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - SDE2 in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    a lot of good people around to learn from
    excellent classes
    excellent code base

    Cons

    pms have too much power
    too managerial

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    less powers to pms

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    a good option to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    good benefits, a lot of options to work, smart teams

    Cons

    no good leadership team, changes moved too slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    it is time to change strategy, what didnt work in the past will not work today

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Management Training

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Test Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Test Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I was a Test Manager at Microsoft and I had to build a team from scratch, it was fun to work with Recruiting as they helped with getting the ball rolling, once I hired the testers, Microsoft has great training classes which brought the newcomers up to speed. I have not seen any other company spend this much time in training their new employees.

    Cons

    Sometimes projects took too long to complete

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Sometimes, it's a very fast pace environment. Overall, it's good place to work. The engineers here are knowledgeable.

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    Current Contractor - Hardware Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Contractor - Hardware Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    One has the opportunity to work on Xbox console. Get to play all the nice games and see the latest technology in the gaming industry.

    Cons

    The commute is bad going into Shoreline. It doesn't have the nice perks like Google/Facebook.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    This place is pretty nice.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    There's lots of things to do. Lots of people to talk to. Pretty friendly.

    Cons

    I wish there was more food in the cafeteria.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Software engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    A lot of opportunists for internal transfer

    Cons

    Bonus and stocks are not much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase bonus and stocks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Manager entry level

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    Former Employee - General Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - General Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Best growing company and i want to be part of it.

    Cons

    Non what so ever and i need a change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Nice place to work if you are in the right team

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    You will be surrounded by intelligent people. Work life balance is pretty good. Paternal leave is 1 month!

    Cons

    If you are in the wrong team, you could get affected by internal politics. Program managers run the show and are answerable to no one!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recent changes are good. But it should be speed up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    A Bad Place to Work in the Valley

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    -You get paid! I could not find 5 words for pros.

    Cons

    -Forget making a difference, this place is too slow and everything is in Redmond.
    -All good opportunities are in Redmond.
    -HR is a complete mess, it feels like they are using an India call center.
    -Politics, politics. Teams do not collaborate, they are against each other.
    -Slowness. This company makes the government seem like it's running quickly!
    -There's no point or advantage to being in Silicon Valley. The company ignores what's going down on here and lives in its own little Redmond world.
    -No Silicon Valley perks, the food is awful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dump the Silicon Valley office and just have Redmond. You don't care what's going on in the Valley anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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