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Updated November 5, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunities and competitive compensation"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Services Advisor in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Services Advisor in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many different ways to provide impact and do the work you love

    Cons

    They don't open up as many stores as they used to, so there is a lot of competition for higher roles. Fortunately if you are open to relocation, there are many opportunities at other stores and even in Redmond.


  2. "Amazing company to work for and a company with great values"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge Technology
    Global products and services
    Smart and good people

    Cons

    Process heavy
    Too many steps involved in releasing stuff

    Advice to Management

    Increase agility and reduce the compliance process

  3. "Great"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learning
    Good team to work with
    High impact
    Work life balance

    Cons

    Bad managers
    24/7 on call duties


  4. "Hardware Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance and cool projects

    Cons

    Salary slightly lower then software jobs


  5. "Software Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is one of a kind with all the benefits you are getting.

    Cons

    Stock is not an important piece in compensation, in house software, old practises


  6. "Mechanical Engineering Internship"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, very cool products

    Cons

    Work can be unstructured


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Gives a lot of flexibility"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Flexibility
    2. Competitive pay
    3. Freedom to work remotly

    Cons

    Too much conflict between Developers and PM

    Advice to Management

    They really need to start caring about product deeply

  8. "SDE II"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good package. Balanced work culture. Long timers get very good benefits.

    Cons

    Nothing specific.
    Heard there were politics in India office but that was very log ago.


  9. "Informatica developer"

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    • 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


  10. "My experience at the Microsoft Store has been that of a rollercoaster."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consumer Product Advisor in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Consumer Product Advisor in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, and opportunities, such as networking and being apart of influential events. Benefits include medical coverage and tuition reimbursement for even part timers.

    Cons

    Inconsistency between managers and lack of structure and discipline. In retail, its usually a younger staff which has a younger mindset or lack of energy or customer-obsession.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a consistent structure. People need to held accountable for lack of performance.


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