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Updated May 24, 2017
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  1. "Microsoft"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    they see the importance of AI and Cloud Intelligence

    Cons

    leftover bureaucratic thinking from the 90s

    Advice to Management

    let your people drive. inspire. take more risks. less process. act with passion and purpose.


  2. "Product Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible schedules for college students and free stuff.

    Cons

    High turn around and managers have favorites

    Advice to Management

    Please do your best to retain the best


  3. Helpful (1)

    "MSFT is a good company, but the team matters a lot"

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    Current Employee - Senior Design Researcher in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Design Researcher in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance
    Nice salary
    Freedom to work on interesting projects
    Company giving is generous
    Free snacks and food at some locations

    Cons

    Huge differences between teams
    Rewards / Career progression aren't clear
    PM focused environment
    User research has some limited impact into products


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  5. "System Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    full package of benefits; lots of opportunities to get training and education

    Cons

    As many big corps MS has too many layers of management, which makes execution of project less effective some times.


  6. "Hololens Team Silicon Valley"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Being part of a fantastic product, innovative technology and a company with awesome vision and truly amazing CEO.

    Cons

    Career growth doesn't mean anything here. Huge company with too many teams. Just too many people. Specially very hard if you work in a satellite office in Silicon Valley.

    You don't ever get promoted unless you worked for Apple in your previous life. Somehow magically the ex-Apple folks get a very sweet deal. Sometime 2 promotions within a year which is unheard of. No one really knows why, but the ex-Apple people get a very special treatment here.

    Advice to Management

    You have an amazing pool of talent here in SVC. Discriminating against non-Apple employees doesn't help anyone. At the end of the day, all of us are empowering you and we are all here to make a difference. We, non-Apple people, were hired the same way as ex-Apple folks so we are either equal or better. Regardless, this obvious very unfair discrimination has only damaged the morale around here. It's time (already too late actually!) to fix it.


  7. "shiny on the outside"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Consultant in Mountain View, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Consultant in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    snacks and sense of humor

    Cons

    segmented management, lack of communication, difficult prototype path especially financial approval levels, severely affected extended team project documentation

    Advice to Management

    need to get a better handle on how things are really done in the development ( people management) and grasp improvements that would lead to better cohesive collaboration efforts


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work, great company, but you can end up in a "Microsoft bubble""

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    + Strong vision and company direction
    + Great benefits (although not as great as they used to be)
    + A lot of openness and trust among peers, at least in the field organization
    + Strong emphasis on career development
    + Culture of mobility within the company - changing roles and moving to different divisions is encouraged; you don't get stuck in a "career track" if you don't want to

    Cons

    - Career opportunities outside Redmond can be limited
    - Layoffs do happen (that's why I'm no longer there after 12+ years). I could have applied for other internal roles, but decided it was time for a change, because...
    - Microsoft has such an all-encompassing worldview regarding technology and their products, that it's easy to fall into the "bubble" of thinking that Microsoft's solutions should be the answer to everything. "Why would anyone ever use <alternative product> when Microsoft has <X>?" The rest of the world doesn't see things that way, even generally pro-Microsoft partners and customers, so it's easy to get out of touch with the rest of the tech world.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage employees to stay more aware of competitive and complementary technologies. Send field employees to industry-wide training and conferences, not just years of internal conferences like TechReady or the new combined MGX/TechReady/etc.


  9. "Did not fit the old stereotype at all - extremely pleasant and rewarding experience"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Management in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Management in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are extraordinarily talented people who made me want to come to work every day, the management engenders an inclusive and positive culture that can be seen in little things that are hard to fake, and the sheer size, presence and reputation of the company makes it far easier to access customers and prospects.

    Cons

    Can't think of any significant cons. The company under the new management is definitely changing in extremely good ways.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the same thing you are doing now.


  10. "It's okay"

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    Former Intern - (Program Manager, Then Developer for Second Summer) in Mountain View, CA
    Former Intern - (Program Manager, Then Developer for Second Summer) in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Money, potential to impact lots of people, usually brilliant co-workers, not too stressful

    Cons

    It feels unambitious. Most teams are just keeping the machine running and not doing anything really exciting. People pretend not to be jaded. The culture is ostensibly very idealistic, but reality doesn't match the CEO's speeches.

    Advice to Management

    Allow people to move more freely within the organization. Keep supporting MSR; they are truly awesome.


  11. "Software Engineer"

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    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


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