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

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Current Employee - Principal Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
Current Employee - Principal Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

Smart 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.

Cons

In 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 Management

Stop 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.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Experience varies greatly by team, but new leadership brings new opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits (401k matching, non-profit donation matching, company shuttles, etc.) but not many perks (no free food, snacks, etc.). Quality of managers vary between teams, but generally better trained than most in the industry. Learning opportunities abound as long as you're self-motivated.

    Cons

    Office politics are embedded into the culture. This may slowly change as new leadership is introduced / reorgs happen, but divisions are deep.

    Advice to Management

    You'll never attract (and retain) a younger workforce without more perks... but that might be okay for a company at your stage.


  2. "Great people, great opportunities, evolving culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staffing Consultant in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Staffing Consultant in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with wonderful people; outstanding benefits. Real challenges to be met. Always someone to learn from.

    Cons

    Great products that aren't winning. People get stuck in their offices all day.

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