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Updated October 17, 2017
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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1947 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 1682 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1093 reviews)

  • Review system was not the greatest (in 519 reviews)

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  1. "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

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  2. "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

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

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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 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.


  4. 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.


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

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    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.


  6. "No complaints"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance and fair pay/compensation

    Cons

    Career advancement is a priority but hard to achieve.


  7. "Incredible company = incredible internship"

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    Current Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in San Francisco, CA
    Current Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great intern benefits (free food in SF office, healthcare (yes even for interns), fully paid for corporate housing, competitive salary, transportation and relocation support)
    - Lots of support from team (Manager and 1-2 mentors looking out for you along with whoever else is on your project)
    - Often times they put you on a real feature that you ship over the summer
    - Reasonable to receive a return offer if you are honestly doing work and looking to create impact
    -Work life balance is built into the culture here and isn't something you have to assert. My team comes it between 9-10ish and leaves at 5:30 at the absolute latest
    - Sataya (the CEO) is seriously a game changer for Microsoft (honestly go read an interview with him he's the coolest), I really think he is going to continue to do big things with the company.

    Cons

    - If you aren't in the Redmond office you miss out on a lot of events (although they do plan a few San Francisco events as well as fly you out for a week to Redmond for their Signature Event)

    Advice to Management

    Continue putting interns on real projects! Being able to interact with other roles within the company and with other employees besides my immediate teammates has allowed me a much broader perspective.

  8. "Retail Store"

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    Current Employee - Retail Learning Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Retail Learning Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Culture and employee Benefits

    Cons

    Work life balance is inconsistant


  9. "Love working for MSFT"

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Huge opportunity for impact, company really cares about you and the world. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Lots of duplication in roles/ disagreements between execs and priorities.

    Advice to Management

    Make groups work together. Push teams to be more modern in work styles, exec reporting, etc.


  10. "Great Place to Work, but Comp Challenged in SFBA"

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    Current Employee - National Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - National Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People-oriented, innovative culture.

    Cons

    Heavy political atmosphere, bias appears to exist against individuals NOT based in Redmond.


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