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Microsoft Reno Reviews

Updated September 17, 2017
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  1. "I loved working for Microsoft!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Process Outsourcing Manager in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Senior Business Process Outsourcing Manager in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Work life balance
    Great people/leadership
    Great benefits - awesome maternity leave
    Amazing career opportunities
    Challenging work
    The company really cares about its people

    Cons

    Honestly, I don't have any. I didn't like the forced performance evaluation cycle but that was changed in 2014 for the best.

    Advice to Management

    Love all the recent changes!


  2. Helpful (6)

    "It's a great gig until you get too much tenure"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Microsoft is one of the best places to work in Reno. Great people, amazing benefits, and top pay in the area. There are plenty of challenging projects and lots of development opportunities. It's a great gig... while it lasts...

    Cons

    Microsoft Reno seems to not want employees with more than 8-10 years of experience. At the Reno office, we called it the 10-year curse, because that was often the time you'd be managed out. They focus a lot on their intern program with UNR, and that's because those are the people that will replace the tenured employees when they get laid off. It's highly frustrating that this is the norm, but I saw so many high quality employees pushed out this way. I went from being identified as Key Talent one quarter with a high review rating to being managed out the next quarter, and nothing had changed about the quality of my work. They didn't even have a rationale for this drastic change. I can tell you the rationale -- my salary, insurance, and stock options had become too expensive for their liking.

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider your outlook on experienced employees. They may be more expensive to pay and insure, but they will help keep your business strategically at the top of the industry.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Reno office mentality unstable"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Reno, NV
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hours and work are flexible and work can be interesting and exciting. At the beginning it seems like such an innovative company but you soon realize it is anything but interesting.

    Cons

    Once you reach a level of proficiency and mastery, you are no longer useful to them. You can easily go from a high or even just very good performer to the bottom of the heap in a matter of one quarter. The managers are untrained and ill equipped for management. They have no ability to be honest or forthright.

    The joke around the office is that it is not a matter of "if" you will get fired, it's a matter of "when." Everyone has a shelf life and it's just a matter of when you have hit yours.

    Such a horrible and toxic environment. There are therapists in Reno that specialize in MS employees because there is such a demand for it.

    My advice is to get out when you can! The money is not worth it.

    Advice to Management

    They don't care what anyone has to say. Managers get poor poll scores and it is ignored.


  4. "Lead Contract Specialist"

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    Former Contractor - Lead Contract Specialist in Reno, NV
    Former Contractor - Lead Contract Specialist in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great teams to work with

    Cons

    Month end = not very organized


  5. "Operation Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benfits, benefits, benefits, benefits, and mostly benefits.

    Cons

    Fake it till you make it.

    Advice to Management

    If you call stack ranking a connect, it's still stack ranking.


  6. "Operations Program Manager Intern"

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    Former Intern - Operations Program Manager Intern in Reno, NV
    Former Intern - Operations Program Manager Intern in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting Work, Great Exposure, Good Pay

    Cons

    Work Life Balance, Crappy Projects


  7. "MS Reno!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Super flexible work/life/balance. Challenging job but small campus - best of both worlds.

    Cons

    Kind of like high school with a core crowd of 'in' people - the rest of us are there to get in, do our job and go home to our families.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace the employees that have been with MS Reno for 5+ years. Instead of bringing in a disproportionate number of college grads, use those with deep knowledge to partner and transform the company.

  8. "Great company, right direction"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The new Microsoft is moving in the right direction. Great benefits, great people.

    Cons

    Review process needs work. Many times you're being rewarded either months after the fact, or your management is performing calibration well before the year which you're being compensated for is even completed.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing the edge. The new technologies and devices are working, we need more. We need to push the mobile envelope now or we will be come irrelevant.


  9. "Was great while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people, challenging work

    Cons

    They prefer recent college grads and eventually push out anyone with tenure.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pushing out the people with tenure!


  10. "Great place to experiment and grow"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Program Manager in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Operations Program Manager in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of freedom, depending upon manager, to create your own schedule. As long as you perform, you're good.

    Cons

    LOTS of stakeholders no matter what you do, so you need to convince a lot of people to get big things done.


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