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Microsoft Palo Alto Reviews

Updated August 16, 2018
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  • "Certain groups can have poor work-life balance" (in 1168 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunities and competitive compensation"

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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 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. "regular"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good company, good culture, strong leadership

    Cons

    salary is lower than competitors', the company doesnt embrace internal transfers, so you will have to pass full interview again

    Advice to Management

    most of my manager were totally incapable as engineers and made it to management just because they worked for a decade for the company

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Mobile QA Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Mobile QA Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Mobile QA Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, free food, espresso machines

    Cons

    Hostile work environment. Cut throat personnel practices since Microsoft take over. Too many republicans.

    Advice to Management

    Stay away from them.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Gives a lot of flexibility"

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    • 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


  5. "Microsoft"

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    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.


  6. Helpful (3)

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

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    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


  7. "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

  8. "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.


  9. "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


  10. "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.


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