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Updated March 1, 2019
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  1. "Awesome place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program 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, great pay, good people. A lot of growth in the business.

    Cons

    Less exposure to high growth situations of startups.


  2. "Pretty good"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Can move to other departments.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Something that makes people want to stay.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "MS culture"

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    Current Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've been working at MS for little more than 5 years. MS has a good salary and benefit. I would say it's pretty good work & life balance I could manage.

    Cons

    It's a big corporation work culture which has a hierarchy making a decision slow down. You don't hear a happy loud laugh here but quite working in front of your monitor which can be a little sad if you are looking for a friendly and fun work culture.


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    "Unreasonable Termination of Contract"

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    Former Contractor - Recruiter in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Recruiter in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I really wish I would have stayed long enough to be able to mention of any pros apart from Satya’s inspiring vision.

    Cons

    I had always heard good things about MSFT before I got the biggest setback in my flourishing career may be because I joined as a Contractor under a manager who never expressed/discussed that she had a problem with my application for a fulltime employment with Microsoft. Instead she fired me the very next day by directly informing my employer. Also as per my contract, it was permissible to apply for a fulltime opening at MSFT.

    I was strictly told to not show up at work from the following day and was not even given a chance to collect my belongings from my locker and return the badge. I was offered few training courses but never assigned a job to perform. Just one certification which I passed with flying colors. Being new to the team, I was not even introduced to my senior leadeship when they flew from WA for a couple of days and sat right next to us.

    I have always been an over achiever throughout my life and due to this unpleasant experience, I have completely lost my confidence and have been suffering from PTSD for months now.

    Advice to Management

    Please ensure that MSFT Contractors also get the same “empowering” experience that the company envisages to offer every person and organization on this planet.

    Before making a hiring decision, you put a person through series of loops and when it comes to firing especially in case of Contractors, is it just one manager?


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Program Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Growth mindset and tackling great problems.

    Cons

    Large companies have their downfalls - endless loops to get things done.


  6. "A valuable experience"

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

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

    Pros

    great benefits, decent culture, learning opportunities

    Cons

    legacy app pain, uncertain about future of product, some team members were miserable to work with


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good First Job"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company to have on your resume. There are so many different products and teams that there's something for everyone.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy that comes with a big corporation can be difficult to navigate.

  8. "Great company to work for!"

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    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


  9. "FUN, YOUNG PART TIME JOB"

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    • 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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting"

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    • 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.


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