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Updated December 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Generally good work life balance (in 1982 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 1699 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing benefits"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stocks are a amazing way to make a load of extra cash.

    Cons

    I can't even name any.


  2. "Product Marketing Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great work life balance, very "nice" company that takes good care of employees, great benefits, overall co-workers are helpful

    Cons

    very large company, so getting anything done means going through layers upon layers of approvals, after a certain point, getting promoted becomes very political

    Advice to Management

    invest in finding and retaining young talent. the majority of the company is middle-aged, and it's those people who have the decision making power, which becomes frustrating for young employees

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Clunky But Mostly Positive"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people; love my team. The culture seems to be improving, but you have to be careful who you work with. I've had positive roles where I had a lot of autonomy and was well-rewarded, and dead-end-ish work that only yields frustration and poor reviews. The best I can say is that most engineering work is really positioning yourself so that you can do well and avoid toxic situations.

    The company does seem to recognize that big tech companies grind people down, and it tries to dilute the politics with one-on-one's, annual reviews, sabbaticals, etc., although most feel it is only partially successful. However I'd rate it as better than most. They also emphasize diversity, ethics and good business practices internally.

    Some groups and products are doing well and getting better.

    Cons

    Low autonomy and creativity. MS actually missed out on a patent from me because they gave me no support for the work.

    Typical big-company tendencies such as fads, not-invented-here and blame-shifting.
    Some tools have been described (in anonymous internal polls) as at least 5 years behind; it's painful to sit and watch sometimes (actually all the time).

    Dogfooding instead of using the best technology. "Nobody else is using it at this scale" -- Azure support for a tool that replaced something much cheaper and higher-functioning.

    Advice to Management

    Don't make technical decisions.


  4. "software engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    bill gates is the best!

    Cons

    i never got a unicorn!


  5. "Stable and good benefits"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment for engineers
    Great benefits
    Stable company/stock

    Cons

    Below market pay
    Not innovating anymore

    Advice to Management

    Pay market rates for top engineers


  6. "Malwarebytes Antivirus Help Support"

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    Current Employee - Malwarebytes Contact Support in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Malwarebytes Contact Support in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Problems in removing the detected traces of Trojan worms and malware files.

    Cons

    Interruptions occur while scanning the PC, MAC, and Smartphone devices

    Advice to Management

    computer


  7. "Inventory Control Expert"

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    Former Employee - Inventory Control Expert in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Inventory Control Expert in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Flexible for students. Upwards moving company. One of the better retail experiences you can find. The money could be slightly better though. Corporate is very open to feedback. Company prefers to promote from within.

    Cons

    Many of the pitfalls of retail at a larger company.
    It can easy to be drowned out in the mass of retail employees. Operations roles can be swamped. The retail employees are paid on the upper end of retail, but is asked to do a lot. So you have to be a jack of all trades. You can't just walk in, do your job, and walk out.
     Your store manager can either be really good or really bad. They are your main advocate, so they will make or break your job. But upper management at corporate will listen if you pass it up feedback/problems (if you have any!) in the right way. You can be overworked by the sheer variety of tasks you'll do, but that can be really good for your career.

    Advice to Management

    Keep making sure you look out for the entry level employees

  8. "Good place to work but can be overwhelming due de politics"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenges at scale and several different opportunities across the company.

    Cons

    Big organizations bring big challenges in politics and constant reorgs.

    Advice to Management

    Stick with a plan and drive the team through. Be transparent, and engage the team through assertive ways of communication. Take risks and don't be afraid of letting your team drive the business.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good benefits, low code quality - not an environment that encourages you to be a good engineer."

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, free food, good health insurance, hours are very flexible, good maternity/paternity leave, good work life balance, nice office.

    Cons

    It's not an environment that encourages you to become a good engineer, the product and the code have very low quality. Code review is not mandatory and people don't take it seriously. It feels like we write code that works, and that's it.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in quality rather than doing more and more features.


  10. "Great compensation, technology, teaming, culture and inspirational CEO. But ....."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partner Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Partner Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, meaningful work, resources, experience, compensation (when it's paid, see below), culture, donation matching programs, collaboration software, flexible schedules, campus.

    Cons

    HR is a mess. Little investment in identifying talent and talent retention. Little formal training for managers, new hire on-boarding dismal, chaotic. Overall sense that more Jr. people being hired to fill Sr. roles at lower salaries. No one really knows what their jobs are, what scorecards look like halfway thru Q1.. New Salesforce folks brought in also bring with them a "bro" culture. It feels like no one is really running anything. Finance making changes to sales team compensation models in Q4 because teams are "too successful" so "baseline numbers and models must be wrong" adding to atmosphere of distrust. Many folks loosing their trust in their employer. PPO plans administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield are high deductible with flimsy coverage for out of net work, poor administrative support and just plain expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Bro culture has to go. Pay people what you promise them. Do more to retain, train, promote and develop your people. Don't replace your experienced sales folks with inside sales teams and expect the company culture to flourish. Stop telling the market you offer great insurance, it's simply not true in every state.


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