Hiring at Microsoft

Bosch / Eng ztfI27
Jul 19, 2017 22 Comments

I'm interested in an SRE position with the Office team. I've heard that Microsoft's recruiters rarely follow-up on applications from the Careers site. If this is the case, what's the best way to get your resume to the hiring manager or the correct recruiter?

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  • Microsoft Fakyadela
    Do you know why the recruitrts rarely follow up on applications ? Because just like everything else at Microsoft, they're substandard.
    Jul 19, 2017 6
    • HealthNow / Eng
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      binarycafemore
      If Microsoft is substandard.... why are you working there? honest q, not poking fun.
      Jul 20, 2017
    • Microsoft Obama2020
      The story goes that he left MS for greener pastures but is still on MS blind to motivate others to leave. To his credit, some of his arguments are correct. But I don't think Microsoft is a "sub standard" company (it is if you only compare with Google FB and the likes, but not in general) and, it's been lagging quite a bit on pay.
      Jul 20, 2017
    • HealthNow / Eng
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      not a bad place to start I'd imagine, especially with such a recognizable name... But i can understand pay gripes if you're already an established dev
      Jul 20, 2017
    • Microsoft Fakyadela
      Thing is that I have so many friends at MS. They're telling me all the time how shitty things are there. So they're just refuling me all the time. I'm affraid that I'll never be bored. On a serious note. If I can expose MS for what I believe it really is, and give a potential candidate true visibility then I did my good deed. Thing is that a few outsiders to MS really believe it to be a great place to work for. They dont realize how bad things are there.
      Jul 20, 2017
    • Microsoft AitU68
      After working in Silicon Valley for almost 18 years, with many startups and established firms alike, I joined Microsoft last year. Never thought I would join MS as I have been very critical of it throughout my career. have mixed feelings so far with highs and lows, highs being really highs and lows being really low. Things will always be shitty no matter where you go as it's the corporate culture that pins people against each other. But I have seen some good work being done by many folks in Azure. could things be better? Yes. But it's no so bad overall. They done a good job at reinventing themselves given the giant size of the corporation. As long as they keep pumping fresh blood from outside, things will continue to improve.
      Jul 20, 2017
  • Microsoft Bad Hombre
    Find a job opening that matches your skills and interests on the career site. Contact someone you know in Microsoft and ask them to refer you for that position internally. If you get a job, the MS contact gets a small cash reward. So it's a win-win.
    Jul 19, 2017 0
  • Microsoft pzMMot53
    MS recruiters are terrible at follow through. They can slow things down by months. As soon as you can get a hiring manager contact info, work with them to get an interview loop scheduled or else you might never get past the screening phase
    Jul 19, 2017 1
    • Microsoft / HR nyDV33
      Haha that is total bs
      Jul 21, 2017
  • Microsoft / Eng harmburger
    seriously though, ms recruiters, I haven't met one yet who met the standards of expectation for the three startups I worked prior to here. I genuinely think recruiting is currently our greatest weakness. the expectations for results are so low it's like you may as well stay home people.
    Jul 23, 2017 0
  • Bosch / Eng ztfI27
    OP
    Thanks for the info, everyone! I had a feeling hunting down the hiring manager was my best bet. Let the hunt begin. 😉
    Jul 21, 2017 0
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    At least for msft it is best to contact hiring managers directly. Recruiters here in my experience are not as active as compared to the counterparts
    Jul 20, 2017 0
  • Microsoft FlyingT
    If you are a fresh college grad, how does the referral process work? I'm fit race + gender and I still don't get contacted. I don't know how it works since there only one link to apply for all of MSFT for fresh grads.
    Jul 20, 2017 8
    • Microsoft Rasher
      just curious, what is the criteria for race and gender?
      Jul 21, 2017
    • Microsoft / Other chikour
      Well @FlyingT, if you're a vendor, then you have access to the internal career// website. Where you can see the alias of the hiring manager for most postings and you can even apply there.
      Jul 22, 2017
    • Microsoft FlyingT
      @chikour I don't have access to the internal career website. I need an FTE to show me. That's what a PM told me. And I tried I wasn't able to see.
      Jul 22, 2017
    • Microsoft / Other chikour
      Not even on corpnet? What msg are u getting?
      Btw you can access it from hrweb as well.
      Jul 22, 2017
    • Microsoft FlyingT
      @chikour it says error:access denied and asks me to sign up as a different user for hrweb
      Jul 24, 2017