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Updated May 11, 2018
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  • "Certain groups can have poor work-life balance" (in 1154 reviews)

  • "Outdated review system which is anything but fair" (in 525 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for!"

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, career opportunities - and the culture change that Satya is driving from the top is great as well.

    Cons

    Microsoft has lots of technology and is constantly adding updates, so you are constantly learning


  2. "FUN, YOUNG PART TIME JOB"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consumer Product Advisor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Consumer Product Advisor in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible hours for students, fun colleges, often hosts tech events.

    Cons

    I had a great management team but I know it may vary from location to location.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partner Technology Strategist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Partner Technology Strategist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing. The people you click with are helpful and smart. Work / Life balance

    Cons

    Good ol' boys club. 75% male. 25% female.


  4. "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


  5. "Amazing benefits"

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    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Clunky But Mostly Positive"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  7. "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!

  8. "Stable and good benefits"

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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
    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


  9. "Malwarebytes Antivirus Help Support"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  10. "Inventory Control Expert"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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