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Microsoft Palo Alto Reviews

Updated February 1, 2017
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Palo Alto, CA

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  • work life balance is a bit of an issue (in 987 reviews)

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  1. "Best Part-Time Job Ever"

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    Current Employee - Consumer Product Advisor in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Consumer Product Advisor in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, awesome people, cool place

    Cons

    short shifts, outdoor mall, slow traffic


  2. "Many opportunitiues, but location can matter"

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Huge professional network. If you are wiling to move to Redmond, WA or work across timezones there are many opportunities to do impactful work.

    Cons

    Speed to market can be slow, mostly due to compliance requirements. Bureaucracy often slows things down.


  3. "product advisor"

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    Former Employee - Product Advisor in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Product Advisor in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    a great company to work for

    Cons

    Sales dept is very cut throat.

    Advice to Management

    none


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  5. "Lots of bark, no bite"

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    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great health benefits and free snacks.

    Cons

    Apathetic, inefficient, inconsistent management. Team cohesion is disincentivized. High turnover, particularly amongst the most qualified employees. Crabs in a barrel politics. The harder you work, the more you are penalized by insecure managers. My first week at this company, one of the most skilled sales people told me "don't work too hard, you'll regret it." He was not wrong.

    Advice to Management

    Put your heads together and agree on one set of rules, then stick to them. Don't renege on promises. Reward hard work and loyalty.


  6. "Exciting Change and strong momentum."

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    Current Employee - Services Advisor in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Services Advisor in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work life balance is the best at this company compare to most other places (and tech companies) that i have worked at in the past. The benefits are pretty good too. Further, you are always learning new things and I have not yet felt bored at all while working here. Our momentum in terms of hardware, software and Market share in most areas has been growing strongly since Satya became CEO.

    Cons

    Our company is changing a lot faster than it used to but in some ways we need to move faster to capture market share in areas like Mobile and mobile hardware. We are often playing "catch up" with the competition.

    Advice to Management

    Not too much actually, in terms of my team I'd say as much training as we do we still need more to keep up with the competition.


  7. "Best of the Best"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to start a career.

    Cons

    Forced to update to Windows 10.


  8. "Consumer Product Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible with Hours. Great team and lots of passion for the products.great training as well.

    Cons

    Can get very competitive and sales driven. If you do not preform you will be called out on the floor.

    Advice to Management

    Support more growth within the company rather than keeping everyone stagnant in their roll.


  9. "Internal Competition"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Good pay, not a lot of stress

    Cons

    Internal competition used to contribute to a negative atmosphere


  10. "Microsoft"

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    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits. Great pay compared to other electronic retailers. Free drinks and snacks provided.

    Cons

    annoying customers that can't help but to compare you with Apple and declare which is better. Not a lot of full time opportunities.


  11. "MSFT"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Flexibility, Perks, Insurance, Food

    Cons

    Culture, Bureaucracy, Old fashioned mentality

    Advice to Management

    Embrace market changes, and adapt quickly.
    Dont change to much too fast either and focus on important things like the end Users for example


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