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Microsoft Los Angeles Reviews

Updated October 5, 2018
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  1. "Great!"

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    • 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.


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

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    • Culture & Values
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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)

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Account Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Marketing Account Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Contractor - Marketing Account Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company, everyone is really nice & the hours are flexible.

    Cons

    You are not an FTE so you don't get any of the perks (you can't go to team bonding events or lunches). If you want to move up, you can't talk to a Microsoft FTE about it, you have to apply through the Microsoft jobs portal (seems backward since you work with these people every day). Managers will just hire from outside not within.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your contract employees and hire within your office!


  4. "Solution Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is average, lots of retreads from other companies and new college hires

    Cons

    very political environment, you spend more work internally than in the field trying to defend yourself from others, company uses AI and ML to measure your performance


  5. "Great Company, Renewed Vision"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Development Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Community Development Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love the benefits here. In addition to the standard dental, health, 401K; also little perks like Stay Fit reimbursements (on gym memberships, workout gear, etc), tuition reimbursement, and even adoption fees. Great CEO, he has completely done an overhaul and started to shift the culture and mission in a huge way.

    Cons

    The largest downside is that receiving internal job transfers/promotions is exceedingly more challenging than I would have ever imagined. Also, pay increases are very low each year, and in my role, the bonuses are insignificant.

    Advice to Management

    Please try your best to value and invest in current employees, so they don't become jaded. People are the single greatest commodity of an organization and often it feels like we are disposable when we give our all.


  6. "Technical Account Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Great work and life balance

    Cons

    Low salary, low perks, few carrier opportunities


  7. "Sales Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, decent pay, challenging evolving products.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity to move around if you live outside Redmond.

  8. "Work experience in Microsoft"

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

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

    Pros

    Challenging, opportunity, technology, innovation, growth hacking

    Cons

    apart from the fact that the team size can sometimes be big nothing else is a con


  9. "very nice company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    easy to work, better life

    Cons

    no cons, very good company

    Advice to Management

    nothing


  10. Helpful (1)

    "great place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Big Data Architect in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Big Data Architect in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, people, package , roles

    Cons

    Big company processes, keep it simple, sorted out expenses claims it slows us down

    Advice to Management

    stay the course - your strategy is the best in the industry


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