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Microsoft Seoul Reviews

Updated September 6, 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. "Transforming right way"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Solutions Professional in Seoul (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Technology Solutions Professional in Seoul (South Korea)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of emphasis and investment on cloud & open source is conducted by Microsoft. There are so many opportunities to contribute to that meaningful transformation to embrace open source community while committing to steady growth in cloud market. This is a really new start!

    Cons

    You may need to find everything for yourself to catch up the dynamics and enable yourself accordingly. Working as a team is beautiful, but building a team is not always as easy & efficient as expected. Learn and learn and learn, and train yourself almost everyday. Getting help from colleagues should be considered ad next best.

    Advice to Management

    More efforts to bridge the employees' emotional and skill gap to cloud & open source market would be needed to transform successfully in every aspect of the corporate operation.


  2. "Research intern at Microsoft Research Asia"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - PhD Candidate in Seoul (South Korea)
    Former Intern - PhD Candidate in Seoul (South Korea)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I could co-work with brilliant people. Working time was flexible.
    The restaurants in MSRA are cheap and nice. Beverages and snacks are provided everyday. The working environment was nice and I could access nice GPU servers. Generally, MSRA is a nice place to research and write papers.

    Cons

    Most of people in MSRA talk in Chinese. The provided hotel by MSRA was not good. Salary was low. Air quality in Beijing is not good. The work in MSRA would be decided by mentor.

  3. "Cloud Sales Director"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cloud Sales Director In Enterprise Sales in Seoul (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Cloud Sales Director In Enterprise Sales in Seoul (South Korea)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    there are value to work in a life time. once.

    Cons

    still strugling between B2C and B2B sales cycle

    Advice to Management

    must build connection with top management to extend your job


  4. "Product Marketing Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Seoul (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Seoul (South Korea)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the most innovative companies in the world.

    Cons

    Too much push for scorecard metrics. It's getting better though.

    Advice to Management

    Should take good care of existing employees.


  5. "CSS"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Seoul (South Korea)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Seoul (South Korea)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good to learn about operation and work-flows

    Cons

    Nice place and good working environment

    Advice to Management

    no comment


  6. "Good introduction of company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seoul (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seoul (South Korea)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very organized and systematic internship program
    Employs brilliant and ambitious people
    Open culture that encourages sharing among the entire MS network

    Cons

    easy to get trapped in a bubble and lose sight of competition


  7. "Acccount Executive"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Seoul (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Seoul (South Korea)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    I love Microsoft, the more I work hard the more I can develop my skill and update my career.

    Cons

    Most of sales have a huge sales quota and numerous scorecards , you had better give up your incentive at the begining of finance year.

  8. "Microsoft Korea"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Business Manager in Seoul (South Korea)
    Current Contractor - Business Manager in Seoul (South Korea)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, excellent work environment and office space, mobile office (no assigned desks or seats), complimentary breakfast, snacks and beverage vending machine on each floor, activity areas for employees to take breaks, TechLink (IT customer service bar) available all day, gender-specific relaxation room with massage chairs, official work hours 9-6pm but flexible scheduling and work from home allowed depending on your department, focused on providing better environment for women in the workplace

    Cons

    No employee cafeteria, roles are not always clear, and work that is not under your roles and responsibilities may be given to you.

    Advice to Management

    HR needs to provide clearer guidelines on roles.


  9. "Program Manager 2"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seoul (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seoul (South Korea)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Azure is hot department these days.

    Cons

    Windows phone engineering looks bad.


  10. "Review a resume for searching for next career."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Marketing Communications Manager in Seoul (South Korea)
    Current Contractor - Marketing Communications Manager in Seoul (South Korea)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    1) Mobile work space
    2) The great product lineup - HW & SW
    3) Good co-workers

    Cons

    1) No opportunity to move to other position (especially from contract to full-time)
    2) not professional

    Advice to Management

    specialist is still important


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