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Updated January 1, 2018
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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. "Endless opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Azure in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Azure in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Microsoft is as relevant as it was in the late 80's 90's through to the 00's, infact much more so now integrating the Office suite into cloud computing, artificial intelligence and embracing the term 'open source' something Steve Ballmer could never do and almost ran the company into the ground. Ample career opportunities, multicultural environment. Management not always available but that is because they are preoccupied so It is understandable.

    Cons

    Only Downside was it was temporary, wouldn't hesitate to go back for one second.

    Advice to Management

    Can't think of any


  2. "Informatica developer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Informatica ETL Developer in San Jose, CA
    Former Contractor - Informatica ETL Developer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    All hard work brings a profit

    Cons

    Advantages And Disadvantages of Working Shifts

  3. "Software Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    no issues with job, great work


  4. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good company, nice projects, smart people.

    Cons

    Lots of work for a bit of progress.


  5. "Things are looking up"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Since Satya took over, the sleeping giant is awakening and jumping into cloud services.

    Cons

    Agility is something that is not coming easy for sleepy giant who is waking up....


  6. "SDE"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of smart people working around you.

    Cons

    Lots of smart people who wants to leave MS.


  7. "Probably has gotten better s"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Plenty or resources, good compensation and benefits, peace between re-orgs, and balanced in terms of demands and personal life.

    Cons

    You get paid to do not to think, anxiety around regular re-orgs, 5% bottom, and not a very stimulating or challenging environment.

    Advice to Management

    From the outside it seems that Satya is doing a lot of good things... keep it up.

  8. "i ike it"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    benefits advantages promotion work enthiasastic

    Cons

    low pay no free time work at home

    Advice to Management

    get out and help your employes


  9. "N/A"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment and smart people

    Cons

    Needs to have free food

    Advice to Management

    Give free food


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Mid career need not apply"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer Lead in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer Lead in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary and perks.
    Nice offices.
    Work with challenging and important technology
    Work with very smart people.

    Cons

    The company is very paternalistic. I haven't felt that ordered around since high school.
    The harsh review cycle encourages bad behavior by employees.
    Internal politics are quite brutal. People helping each other without some ulterior motive is rare.
    Not recommended if you you are a mid- late career person.
    The above noted pro - lots of smart people - leads to a lot of arrogance and hubris.
    People are always *very* serious.

    Advice to Management

    You guys need to lighten up. The review system needs to be changed to allow employees to focus on the products and customers instead of playing Machiavellian games to get promoted.


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