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Microsoft Palo Alto Reviews

Updated November 5, 2017
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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1947 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 1682 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1093 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunities and competitive compensation"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Many different ways to provide impact and do the work you love

    Cons

    They don't open up as many stores as they used to, so there is a lot of competition for higher roles. Fortunately if you are open to relocation, there are many opportunities at other stores and even in Redmond.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Gives a lot of flexibility"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Flexibility
    2. Competitive pay
    3. Freedom to work remotly

    Cons

    Too much conflict between Developers and PM

    Advice to Management

    They really need to start caring about product deeply

  3. "Microsoft"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    they see the importance of AI and Cloud Intelligence

    Cons

    leftover bureaucratic thinking from the 90s

    Advice to Management

    let your people drive. inspire. take more risks. less process. act with passion and purpose.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "MSFT is a good company, but the team matters a lot"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Design Researcher in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Design Researcher in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance
    Nice salary
    Freedom to work on interesting projects
    Company giving is generous
    Free snacks and food at some locations

    Cons

    Huge differences between teams
    Rewards / Career progression aren't clear
    PM focused environment
    User research has some limited impact into products


  5. "Best Part-Time Job Ever"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "Many opportunitiues, but location can matter"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "product advisor"

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    • Senior Management
    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

  8. "Lots of bark, no bite"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Exciting Change and strong momentum."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. "Best of the Best"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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