Visiting The Offices of Microsoft China

While in Shanghai, I have the opportunity to visit many high tech and Internet based companies. One of the biggest high tech firms doing business in China is Microsoft. Their headquarters are located on the 8th, 9th and 10th floor of the Grand Gateway Plaza in Downtown Shanghai. That’s where that fancy Häagen-Dazs is.

Like many high tech companies, security is pretty tight so video taping was limited to very general stuff, like the company lunch room and kitchen which is stocked with free drinks. This didn’t stop me from snooping around to see what kind of trouble I could get myself into. I promise to not reveal the identity of the Microsoft employee with the iPhone.

A visit to Microsoft China shows what kind of opportunities are available for employees of a multinational. Like all multinationals, Microsoft has offices all over the world and employees looking for a change can request a transfer to not just another division, but a whole other country. The China operations are run about the same as the US operations. Because there are less employees, the Shanghai office is a tight knit group. Like all MS offices, Microsoft China has no dress code and employees have no set in stone work work hours. They are free to take a few hours for lunch or play some games in the rec room. Just don’t expect to go home when deadline comes.

33 thoughts on “Visiting The Offices of Microsoft China”

  1. Faisal Anwar says:

    thats cool John. You get to go anywhere you want. Did you just got the coke for free! I never get a free coke. hahah. Nice little office. Enjoy!

  2. Agent 001 says:

    Iphone in MS office. Thats interesting.

    1. Luke says:

      They’re obviously an intelligent group of workers who make a decent wage. Why wouldn’t they carry the best phone on the market?

      1. Because it’s competition! It’s funny though, because I just read an article a few days ago about how Bill Gates won’t allow anything by Apple in his house.

  3. Melody says:

    Hey, what camera do you use–nice quality..

    1. It’s a Flip Mino HD I believe he uses.

      1. fas says:

        Ya but quite hazzy. Anyways I am sure Microsoft employees use ipods too and not zune.

    2. Lol, can’t believe you said “NICE QUALITY”. Try some of the new cell phones and they are very high in quality.


  4. Tran Harry says:

    Awesome video, wonder how big their Lost Prevention department is over there.

  5. I really would have thought Microsoft employees would get Zunes to rock the corp brand in public…atleast you did not identify the owner on the iPhone…otherwise Bil Gates would cut that worker lol…..great vid!

    1. Jake Stone says:

      They should probably provide iPhones and iPods for everybody but fit them with Microsoft’s Windows Mobile edition.

  6. Don’t think there are many secrets to steal, unless you want to share how to make an OS not work properly.

  7. Pyj says:

    LOL John Chow rules.

  8. Rick Vaughn says:

    John, is this not the same video you showed in the past.

    1. John Chow says:

      I take a visit to the MS office every time I’m in Shanghai.

  9. Moulinneuf says:

    John we don’T listen to you for mission possible , we ask for you , for the mission impossible :

    Shanghai Office
    45F Plaza 66
    1266 Nanjing West Road
    Shanghai 200040, PRC

    1. Jake Stone says:

      Yeah, this one I’d like to see too.

  10. joe gelb says:

    Did they give you any phones or computers to keep for free?

    1. Melody says:

      That would’ve been a good contest giveaway..

  11. diabetic man says:

    microsoft is very big comapany with branch office in everywhere

  12. Lee Ka Hoong says:

    wow..interesting! This is my first time seeing office of Microsoft, but I saw a lot photos for Google office in email. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing John!


  13. Ben Pei says:

    I am sure they had a lavish decor.. I know they are really good at “investing” in such area..

  14. Wow great video about Microsoft, Thank John!

  15. juanbonilla says:

    This is really cool to see. More and more, I see companies that are heavily involved in innovation give their employees some freedom as long as they deliver on time. My company does that too and I personally can say that it works. I feel more dedicated to deliver results by not taking my “freedom” for granted.

  16. Where is Bill Gates Office, I could not see it. Did you got any free software to giveaway in your blog? Should be a very appealing opportunity.

  17. Sometimes I forget that they have an office in Shanghai.

  18. I really like this kind of environment where you have no restriction. You are free when to come to office, no dress code. Obviously when there is deadline, you have to work then.

  19. Damilik says:

    I was shocked when I read, there is no set in stone work hours. But was relieved when you said, don’t expect to go home when deadline comes because in engineering or software product, a company hires you to meet deadlines and hot to have fun in a rec.

  20. Well thats the practice of all multinational companies … enjoy your stay but complete the wirk before month ending or dead line.

  21. Silvia says:

    I like the video very much .It gives the idea of Microsoft inner life.Rather free and comfortable.

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