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Leave current job at MS or stay?

Microsoft Incloud@
Nov 13

I’m debating between interviewing outside vs. continuing at MS. I have enjoyed the work life balance offered by MS but my career has been growing at a slower pace with constant reorgs. I have been thinking about quitting and coming back after a couple years. I’m happy with my TC (300k) and benefits and really worried about leaving.
Is the WLB really bad at Amazon, Facebook, Google etc. compared to MS? At MS I get to work 25-30 hrs a week except during crunch time and get paid reasonably. I don’t want to work more than 40 hrs as I’m a mom with 3 kids ( 13, 11, 8) and these are rather important times in their lives and I don’t want to miss out on anything. However I feel like I need to do something more with my life and hence the debate about staying vs. leaving.

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  • Microsoft jdhrueuej
    I'd say look within MS given your situation with kids. we have at least 16 billion dollar businesses, so I'm sure you can find a better place for your career
    Nov 130
  • Microsoft Incloud@
    OP
    I have been on the same team for the last 6 years, so it gets really easy and faster but not learning much these days. When I was in junior roles I used to put in even less, as long as the work is done no one really used to bother how many hours I worked. Thanks for all the responses. You have just given me the exact same reasons why I stay at MS. I don’t in fact need the benefits since my husband also works at MS but in a much more stressful and works 50-60 hrs a week. I feel like my career will get stuck here if I don’t move. I know I’m just venting and I need to do something since this is disturbing me more than it should.
    Nov 137
    • Microsoft Fhg3-2
      I would dial it in and work 30hrs. My kids are same age and I just jumped from ms to google. My wife works part time - so I can focus more on work. I am still kind of bummed I could not get over myself and stay on the gravy train. Learning new things is nice and important - but enjoy your kids/life and find other excitement then moving to a new gig.
      Nov 13
    • Pinterest Vet
      What is your yoe and level?
      Nov 13
    • Microsoft Incloud@
      OP
      Thanks. Do you mind letting me know how many hours you have to work now at Google. Is it really much harder at Google? I live close to Google in Kirkland and would be a great commute vs going to Amazon or other companies in Seattle.
      Nov 13
    • Microsoft Incloud@
      OP
      13 years of experience and L65
      Nov 13
    • Pinterest Vet
      Are you in Bing? Facebook will have an Eastside office next year. Are you in your mid 30s?
      Nov 13
    • Microsoft Incloud@
      OP
      I’m 39. I started working after my PhD and after my daughter was born.
      Nov 14
    • Microsoft Fhg3-2
      If you are close to a google office - then yeah the wlb is pretty good to. I doubt you could get away with 30hrs a week to start but google does a good job taking care of folks. To early to tell how wlb will balance out yet as I am in the field. Going to a google office - or ms office everyday would be dreamy if a short commute
      Nov 14
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    ARfreak

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    ARfreakmore
    Stay while looking at the same time. Keep it low key tho, no one needs to know. Also let's face it, the longer you stay at MS the less career opportunities at excelling you get...
    Nov 132
    • Microsoft Incloud@
      OP
      Thanks. I felt better opportunities were given to a new hire recently while I was doing the same boring work. I wondered why that was the case.
      Nov 13
    • Microsoft
      ARfreak

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      Honestly MS values ppl who return way more than ppl who stay...Its a punishment to stay at MS
      Nov 14
  • Microsoft Shxhebxj
    300k at MSFT is amazing if you only work that much. Microsoft insurance alone beats out many other options in Seattle area. If you want to start any kind of counseling or therapy for children, insurance at other companies is miserable.
    Nov 130
  • Alibaba
    11.11

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    Why should anyone put a bio on blind? Who is your product guy?
    11.11more
    No, you get a good deal, your hourly pay is probably amongst the best in the tech. Also, I am not sure you can thrive in the leetcode era.
    Nov 130

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