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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great company with good vision and career path"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    - Great vision - Good leadership team under Satya - Culture change for the good - Good pay and benefits - Relocation options

    Cons

    - execution on culture change is not adopted by everybody - ESPP plan not very generous

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you’re doing, and make sure to enforce the cultural change at all levels.

  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great company with limited potential in Silicon Valley"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Great environment, benefits, work/life balance, etc all while working on industry leading products affecting lives of millions.

    Cons

    Since HQ is in Redmond, upward growth in Silicon Valley is limited.

  3. "Retail with a conscience."

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    Former Employee - Community Development Specialist in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Strong affinity for the community. Great development experience.

    Cons

    Low on the totem pole. It is expected to travel and work outside regular hours as an hourly employee and restricted by hourly policies like rest and meal breaks.

    Advice to Management

    Make this a salaried position so they can worry about doing their jobs and not punching out for meals.

  4. "Great opportunities for young hardware engineers"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer II in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Small yet highly talented HW engineering community: I was surrounded by exceptionally bright and capable coworkers, I learned a lot from multiple mentors. Exciting Hardware projects: Surface, Xbox, Hololens are all big in SVC, tons of exciting, technically challenging work to cut your teeth on. Good work-life balance and perks (at Silicon Valley campus) including fitness classes led by instructors, catered bfast/lunch,...

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    Cons

    Many, many layers of management - expect 6-9 layers of management between you and CEO - making it difficult for cultural changes to trickle down through the org. Because of the many layers, a lot of your day-to-day depends on your direct manager. Mitigated by ease of moving internally. Program manager heavy - many PM's overseeing schedule, but over the 4 years that I was there, I saw the same scheduling mistakes...

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    Advice to Management

    If you are serious about cultural changes, make sure they do trickle down.

  5. "Awesome place to work"

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    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Smart, high-caliber co-workers. Challenging environment. Good compensation.

    Cons

    Stressful, high-energy, tight schedules, and lots to do. Review process keeps you on the treadmill.

    Advice to Management

    Politics cannot be avoided :(

  6. "Good place to build up career"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Give you time to learn and grow. Provide lots of training on career development. Promote collaboration and encourage knowledge sharing . Great colleagues and working environment.

    Cons

    Too many re-orgs and projects got cut at very late stage. Wasting time and Money! Not put effort to build up teams and good products in Silicon Valley Campus

    Advice to Management

    Please put important projects in SVC so that it can attract more top talents from Silicon Valley!

  7. Helpful (1)

    "regular"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    good company, good culture, strong leadership

    Cons

    salary is lower than competitors', the company doesnt embrace internal transfers, so you will have to pass full interview again

    Advice to Management

    most of my manager were totally incapable as engineers and made it to management just because they worked for a decade for the company

  8. "Circuit"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good food and great coffee

    Cons

    Bad management, and poor design flow

  9. "Product Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft part-time

    Pros

    Great culture, life-work balance, good teams and managers. Feels like you are cared for and everyone is like your second family. Lot of benefits.

    Cons

    It is retail, but it is the best as it gets.

  10. "Overall good"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Less stressful in daily work Good Benifit in daily work

    Cons

    Too many politics in daily work

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