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Updated November 17, 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great company with good vision and career path"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great vision
    - Good leadership team under Satya
    - Culture change for the good
    - Good pay and benefits
    - Relocation options

    Cons

    - execution on culture change is not adopted by everybody
    - ESPP plan not very generous

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you’re doing, and make sure to enforce the cultural change at all levels.


  2. "MS culture"

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    Current Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've been working at MS for little more than 5 years. MS has a good salary and benefit. I would say it's pretty good work & life balance I could manage.

    Cons

    It's a big corporation work culture which has a hierarchy making a decision slow down. You don't hear a happy loud laugh here but quite working in front of your monitor which can be a little sad if you are looking for a friendly and fun work culture.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Unreasonable Termination of Contract"

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    Former Contractor - Recruiter in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Recruiter in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I really wish I would have stayed long enough to be able to mention of any pros apart from Satya’s inspiring vision.

    Cons

    I had always heard good things about MSFT before I got the biggest setback in my flourishing career may be because I joined as a Contractor under a manager who never expressed/discussed that she had a problem with my application for a fulltime employment with Microsoft. Instead she fired me the very next day by directly informing my employer. Also as per my contract, it was permissible to apply for a fulltime opening at MSFT.

    I was strictly told to not show up at work from the following day and was not even given a chance to collect my belongings from my locker and return the badge. I was offered few training courses but never assigned a job to perform. Just one certification which I passed with flying colors. Being new to the team, I was not even introduced to my senior leadeship when they flew from WA for a couple of days and sat right next to us.

    I have always been an over achiever throughout my life and due to this unpleasant experience, I have completely lost my confidence and have been suffering from PTSD for months now.

    Advice to Management

    Please ensure that MSFT Contractors also get the same “empowering” experience that the company envisages to offer every person and organization on this planet.

    Before making a hiring decision, you put a person through series of loops and when it comes to firing especially in case of Contractors, is it just one manager?


  4. "Awesome place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, high-caliber co-workers. Challenging environment. Good compensation.

    Cons

    Stressful, high-energy, tight schedules, and lots to do. Review process keeps you on the treadmill.

    Advice to Management

    Politics cannot be avoided :(


  5. "Premier Field Engineer - Services - Data & AI domain"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Premier Field Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Premier Field Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are possibly the best in the industry, depending on what state you reside in you may pay nothing (per paycheck, not co-pays) for medical benefits, dental and vision are spectacular as well (they even cover adult orthodontia).
    401k match is great, stock grants (not options) are like a carrot on a string but when they vest it is great, expect these grants in lieu of substantial salary raises or bonuses...ymmv
    Company is very set on becoming diverse company embracing all cultures and personality, unsure how well or how measured this is. They can speak out against obvious wrongs from political leadership yet they are protested for their government (ICE) contracts, still feels much more ethical compared to other companies I have worked for.

    Cons

    for a PFE, travel is a big Con, it can be quite a bit depending on if you are Dedicated or Transactional. 80% utilization metric can be tough to hit all close to your home. Services division has been in a bit of flux/re-org since I joined three years ago, tools are dated, difficult to use and make doing your job difficult. Delivery options can be limited depending on your domain/skillset.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the cloud battles, great for stock and investors, priorities at the Entire org level dont translate easily and clearly to lower divisions or individual FTEs (sure we need to sell AI but some customers dont have the skillsets or data)


  6. "Good place to build up career"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Give you time to learn and grow.
    Provide lots of training on career development.
    Promote collaboration and encourage knowledge sharing .
    Great colleagues and working environment.

    Cons

    Too many re-orgs and projects got cut at very late stage. Wasting time and Money!
    Not put effort to build up teams and good products in Silicon Valley Campus

    Advice to Management

    Please put important projects in SVC so that it can attract more top talents from Silicon Valley!


  7. "Great!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing. Managers were really great.

    Cons

    Some bad stuff. No free food.

    Advice to Management

    I mean, put salaries on glassdoors.

  8. "A valuable experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great benefits, decent culture, learning opportunities

    Cons

    legacy app pain, uncertain about future of product, some team members were miserable to work with


  9. "Senior Program Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Growth mindset and tackling great problems.

    Cons

    Large companies have their downfalls - endless loops to get things done.


  10. "Embarrassing Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    snacks an drinks provided for employees

    Cons

    management and leadership should be ashamed. they bully their employees and play major favorites. they talk about cleaning house so they have employees that will follow everything they say (even when they are completely in the wrong) when it should be the managements team to be "cleaned".

    Advice to Management

    leave the drama in high school where it belonged and act like the supportive manager you are supposed to be


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