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Updated August 16, 2018
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  • "Certain groups can have poor work-life balance" (in 1166 reviews)

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  1. "Overall good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Less stressful in daily work
    Good Benifit in daily work

    Cons

    Too many politics in daily work


  2. "regular"

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

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

  3. "Circuit"

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

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

    Pros

    Good food and great coffee

    Cons

    Bad management, and poor design flow


  4. "Product Advisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    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.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay, great benefits, talented coworkers, in a professional and diverse environment.

    They give you all the tools you need to do your job. Technical as well as non-technical.

    Cons

    Silicon Valley is not their main HQ, so sometimes gets a little neglected. You're not going to get filthy rich working for MS, as they're not a startup. Sometimes, you can feel like a small cog in a big machine.

    Advice to Management

    Be very cognizant of the toll Full Stack engineering takes on people's personal lives. DRI duty is stressful, even when there are no incidents. Doing that for years and years takes a psychological toll and makes you think "I have to get away from this". DRI should be done in tours, with loooooong breaks between.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Market Leading, Mature Company, with Mature Company Pros and Cons"

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

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

    Pros

    * Smart people
    * Good work/life balance,
    * Products used by millions
    * Mature, financially stable co. / decent pay / stock has been doing very well
    * Satya Nadella
    * Many different products to work on / lateral movement

    Cons

    * Horrible development tools/process (varies by product -- ask specifics such as "how long does it take to build, test, validate, and check in a change?")
    * Design by consensus (usually by non-designers) -- no one "owns" a product
    * Most products and all internal tools are mediocre
    * Management rewards people for short term projects and features, the people move on, leaving half-finished, orphaned work behind
    * It usually takes years to advance, so 90% of the people in control have been there for 10 - 20 years, most of them have never worked anywhere else.


  7. "CSA Data + AI"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CSA in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - CSA in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company cares about employees. Good benefits. Work life balance. Lots opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Products are not mature when they get released. Total compensation is less than AWS and GCP. Too much focus on competition. Some products that only Microsoft and some very close partners use

    Advice to Management

    More testing and maturity before releasing products. Less focus on competition and more focus on customer needs and product maturity.

  8. "Principal Manager"

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    smart people, scale, ambitious projects

    Cons

    bureaucracy, work-life balance may suffer

    Advice to Management

    pay attention to the satellite offices and mid-management


  9. "Solid work environment"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Programmer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Programmer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed my time contracting with Microsoft in the bay area. I met and got to work with some brilliant and extremely talented programmers.

    Cons

    Meetings were held regardless of necessity and there were some 'dead weight' team members who had been there for many years, and knew the minimal work they had to pretend to do to keep their jobs and keep getting raises. That put extra pressure on the rest of the team to make up for their lack of contribution.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Mobile QA Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mobile QA Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Mobile QA Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, free food, espresso machines

    Cons

    Hostile work environment. Cut throat personnel practices since Microsoft take over. Too many republicans.

    Advice to Management

    Stay away from them.


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