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Microsoft Irvine Reviews

Updated September 12, 2017
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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1944 reviews)

  • Working with really smart people who readily share their great insights is a humbling experience where everyone is treated as equals by all employees (in 1676 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1089 reviews)

  • Review system was not the greatest (in 519 reviews)

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  1. "Life of a Consultant in MCS US"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good package, fantastic work-life balance, awesome work-culture, industry defining bonus and helpful managers.

    Cons

    You have to constantly prove your mettle. More is expected in the form of Community work, cross-group collaboration, IP harvesting, helping others, mentoring new-comers and understanding group dynamics. This is a very dynamic environment. You will end up having reporting into multiple managers in a short span of time.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing at this point in time. But, as far as I can say, the top management is fantastic.


  2. "sales rep"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Microsoft part-time

    Pros

    great company to work for.

    Cons

    need better management and more hours

  3. "Microsoft"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great work place and great opportunities

    Cons

    None comes to mine, as I really enjoyed working there


  4. "Innovation and customer obsessed"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Premier Field Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Premier Field Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you want to be in a place where your work can impact millions of lives and leading on the edge of the latest and greatest technology, this is the place to be. Amazing people and amazing leadership.

    Cons

    Be open-minded and be ready to be in a very competitive place. Changes are constantly happening with the new culture. So get out of your comfort zone.


  5. "Great Place to Work Hard"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Premier Field Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Premier Field Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great Opportunities
    - Excellent Experience
    - Knowledgeable People
    - Broad Range of Fields and Specialities

    Cons

    - Long Hours
    - High Expectations
    - Many management layers

    Advice to Management

    Progression through the company should be easier and more straightforward.


  6. "Rewarding to a certain extend, then getting paid as low as we do gets old and frustrating."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Strong team oriented environment. You will learn a lot of important skills working at the Microsoft Store.

    Cons

    Most of the management is not hired within which makes it extremely frustrating and demotivating to entry level sales associates.
    No commission.

    Advice to Management

    Add a commission structure. Hire within. That is all.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "It's not the Microsoft of yesteryear"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tech Sales in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Tech Sales in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great challenges, great people to work with. Pay can be very good depending on your skillset.

    Cons

    Managers mange thru fear of the review system. Competition is sometimes good to improve professionally, Unfortunately MS takes it to extremes and pits worker versus worker and in doing so can really harm team dynamics. Hard to work when you looking over your shoulder for the guy about to stab you. Work life balance in sales is all hot air.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the review system and allow lower end managers to actually do something useful. Trust your people.

  8. "Changed a lot in 10 years"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pay is decent and you have an "in" with every company...for good or bad.

    Cons

    Stack ranking has killed morale and teamwork. This has also hurt the focus on the customer and turned everyone internally to focus on office politics and your internal review. Medical benefits have been cut and that used to be a great draw. Always in the 'walled garden' or defend mode against the rest of the tech world.

    Advice to Management

    Change the review process so people focus on workign together instead of seeing everyone as a threat. Innovate faster and get out of chase mode. Definitly need changes at the top.


  9. "Microsoft Retail - Great Company to work for."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, they treat you very well. Positions within the Microsoft Retail stores are fairly simple. High standards, Clean environment. Great bonuses/gifts for all employees. Great training.

    Cons

    Because the retail side of Microsoft is still fairly new, it can get frustrating with new implements and non consistencies.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to increase communication with everyone as much as possible.


  10. "Awesome company to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Market leadership in most areas
    Merit based promotes healthy career growth opportunities

    Cons

    large size means inability to change direction swiftly


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