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Microsoft Reviews in Sunnyvale, CA

Updated Jul 17, 2014
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3.8 17 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

(6 ratings)

86% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber(in 675 reviews)

  • Tons of super smart people working for the right reasons - to make a difference(in 886 reviews)


Cons
  • And there are times when the workload may impede on your work-life balance(in 474 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist(in 367 reviews)

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    Jobs in Redmond/Bellevue are great; awesome opportunities. Stay away from Bay Area MSFT.

    Senior Program Manager (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsSuper smart people, driven, and big thinkers. When you're in Redmond where I spent over 10 years, you have great opportunity, collaboration, and camaraderie.

    ConsIf you are in a Bay Area Team, everything depends on Redmond from big decisions, to components you depend on. It's difficult and not rewarding to be so tied to redmond and not have the autonomy to innovate.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUnify the Bay Area team into one big team and empower them to move fast like the rest of hte valley and deliver huge customer value.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Big company with a lot of possibilities

    Software Development Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsWork life balance,
    Stay fit program,
    good health insurance program,

    ConsYou will be cornered in the Microsoft stack of technologies

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    A great company to work for when you want to cut your teeth in technology

    Senior Program Manager (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsTraining is fantastic! They do care about developing the employee the person... you can take advantage of so much training
    There is always challenging problems to solve
    Many opportunities to work with people from all over the world

    ConsWorking in the Silicon Valley, while a nice environment, there is a limit on how far you can progress in your career. Very few leadership position.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReally consider rewarding those who perform very well by giving them more and different opportunities to lead.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Senior Software Development Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsCompany takes good care of its employees, pays well.

    Consnot all managers are good

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Principal Program Manager (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsSmart 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.

    ConsIn 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Maximum politics, Minimum capability

    Program Manager I (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsGood work-life balance if you insist. Probably not good for your performance review.

    Cons- Too many unqualified employees. This detracts from any useful work.
    - Everybody is here for the political gameplay. The idea is to seem like you're doing useful work so as to get to the next step. Doesn't matter who you trample along the way.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    awesome place to work at

    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsSo many talents, not much politics as seen in other big companies. Great benefits except no free lunch. Good work-life balance, engineers are supportive to each other.

    ConsCompany loses its competition for no renovation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed fresh blood with good vision.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good but not great

    Program Manager (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsSmart people, perks, salary, bonus

    ConsRoutine, slow, no free food, a lot of meetings

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work

    Principal Dev Lead (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsSmart people, good benefits, plenty of opportunities.

    ConsAnnual review process and rating system. Process heavy.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Can be great. Lots of different kinds of work. Eventually have to play political games

    Software Development Engineer II (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsLots of different jobs
    Great benefits
    Opportunities to impact many users
    Many resources for growth
    Don't have to fear company is going to shut down in a few months

    Conslots of politics that you have to engage in to really get ahead
    review system can be demoralizing -- due to politics
    no matter how great the product, its cool to bash Microsoft. Don't expect the internet world to drool over your work, even if its great

    Advice to Senior Managementreview system is a pain, often a politically savvy manager can make a big difference

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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