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  1. Awesome place to work

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, great pay, good people. A lot of growth in the business.

    Cons

    Less exposure to high growth situations of startups.

  2. Retail with a conscience.

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    Former Employee - Community Development Specialist in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Strong affinity for the community. Great development experience.

    Cons

    Low on the totem pole. It is expected to travel and work outside regular hours as an hourly employee and restricted by hourly policies like rest and meal breaks.

    Advice to Management

    Make this a salaried position so they can worry about doing their jobs and not punching out for meals.

  3. Excellent company

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    Current Employee - Consumer Product Advisor in Costa Mesa, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    great benefits, very flexible, tuition reimbursement, you're the first one to know about the latest technology of Microsoft!

    Cons

    Nothing for the company!! The customers are difficult sometimes, but everyone works together

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better when we get new employees

  4. Great opportunities for young hardware engineers

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer II in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Small yet highly talented HW engineering community: I was surrounded by exceptionally bright and capable coworkers, I learned a lot from multiple mentors. Exciting Hardware projects: Surface, Xbox, Hololens are all big in SVC, tons of exciting, technically challenging work to cut your teeth on. Good work-life balance and perks (at Silicon Valley campus) including fitness classes led by instructors, catered bfast/lunch,...

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    Cons

    Many, many layers of management - expect 6-9 layers of management between you and CEO - making it difficult for cultural changes to trickle down through the org. Because of the many layers, a lot of your day-to-day depends on your direct manager. Mitigated by ease of moving internally. Program manager heavy - many PM's overseeing schedule, but over the 4 years that I was there, I saw the same scheduling mistakes...

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    Advice to Management

    If you are serious about cultural changes, make sure they do trickle down.

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    Great company with good vision and career path

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 4 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.

  6. MS culture

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    Current Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 6 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.

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    Unreasonable Termination of Contract

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

    I worked at Microsoft for more 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...

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    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?

  8. Awesome place to work

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 20 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 :(

  9. Premier Field Engineer - Services - Data & AI domain

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 4 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...

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    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)

  10. Good place to build up career

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 6 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!

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