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Microsoft San Francisco Reviews

Updated October 31, 2018
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  • "Certain groups can have poor work-life balance" (in 1180 reviews)

  • "Outdated review system which is anything but fair" (in 526 reviews)

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  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.


  2. "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.

  3. "A valuable experience"

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    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


  4. "Good First Job"

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    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.


  5. "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


  6. "FUN, YOUNG PART TIME JOB"

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    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting"

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    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.

  8. "Product Marketing Manager"

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    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


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Clunky But Mostly Positive"

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    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.


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