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Updated Jul 8, 2014
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

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    Individual success is all that matters

    Senior Program Manager (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsGreat campus, lots of nice people, great opportunity to frequently change jobs without changing your employer.

    ConsThere is little sense of TEAM accomplishments, team successes are a moral boost but what counts is individual achievements. Hard to stay and specialize on any one product.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop managers don't just hire successful workers to manage.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Poor quality managers untrained and lacking in mature leadership make excuses for failure.

    Program Manager II (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsRelatively high rate of pay, free Microsoft training and tools.

    ConsConstant excuses and blame politics, lopsided workloads with too many sycophants and cronies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGrade managers on retention and productivity, and get rid of the contract employee model and make the FTE work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stressful, frustrating, and unrewarding.

    Senior Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsSteady paychecks that always cleared.

    ConsDysfunctional culture, leadership confusion, hoarding of information by colleagues, no incentive to do well as a team, brutally political environment that impedes getting work done.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Cut throat performance system that cripples teamwork and work/life balance

    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    Prosgood technology experience and exposure to international markets.

    Consbad teamwork, not enough support from management outside of your team, cut throat environment

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Hope the new management is better...

    Senior Program Manager (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsReasonable compensation, excellent benefits -- never saw a doctor's bill the whole time I worked there. Interesting work.

    ConsCrazy, ever-changing, historically hostile management. New CEO *should* change this for the better, but he'll also have to bring vision which has been lacking.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop killing new ideas. HP got to be great in the good old days by not being afraid to bring out new products that endangered old lines. Microsoft could have owned tablet computers and smart phones, but that meant rocking the boat. This is how IBM died.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's okay. Big company, okay reviews

    Senior Program Manager (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsSome good groups
    Some good people

    ConsOld time micro softies who have been there 15+ years
    Teams focused on check mark delivery instead of customers need and quality

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Incredible work experience but by & large if you didn't grow up managing-up in a political company its a struggle

    Director (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsEven modified benefits are excellent. People are very smart and the experience is priceless. If you learn to do what makes your leadership hierarchy happy, not make waves and tell the story as they want to hear it, you can flourish and grow. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but you need to personality accept and work in this environment and accept good results as oppose to better or best.

    In Redmond and most of the world, the working environment (physical) is really nice and rewarding.

    ConsIn Sales: Many of the smart people have learned how to thrive in a world of managing up. As they pair down senior roles (65+) and males over 40, if you are not savvy you will not make it to next week's episode of Survivor Microsoft. People you thought were on your side were only a temporary allegiance for last week's episode.

    Don't be convinced coming in at a lower level is good for you in performance ratings, drive for the highest level you can get to start. Put a smile on and deliver lots of sugar with any medicine and consider baby steps for change and ensure the story aligns to the Exec's vision. Work smarter, not harder meaning be clever with visibility and communication. You can work less and actually grow with that strategy. Get on visible projects and take as much credit as reasonable to be noticed. You need to worry about you.

    Expect passive aggressive responses. If you deliver the "What" (results) you will be called out for the "how" you did it. You are always better off prioritizing the "how" over the "what". HR is the best in the world. They will protect the company, so work accordingly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork on the culture. It is going to take 5 years to make a dent, but you will get there. Long time employees are skilled at telling whatever version of the story you want. Consider giving +1 consideration to senior people who have been with the company less than 5 years. Finally, diversity in thought should be embraced, regardless of race, gender or age. The place is protecting its own too much to drive the change you desire.

    Finally, try to accelerate attrition of the senior team dealing with god complex.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Signs for Optimism, but Numerous Problems Still Exist

    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    Pros-While the amenities can't match Google or Facebook, overall the pay and benefits are superb like most tech companies.
    -Despite the fall in reputation, it's still a major tech company who works on big things with big impact and whose name still carries a lot of power. It also still has a lot of very smart people.
    -Under the right set of conditions, you can enjoy a really prosperous career here.
    -From an external perspective, they have good corporate ethics. It may not be relevant to the day-to-day work of employees as much, but it still deserves to be called out as a major pro.
    -They are starting to have some of the right ideas at the top, which was not always true in the past.
    -It will take several years to see how Satya Nadella performs as CEO, but the initial impression has been a positive one.

    Cons-With a lot of major initiatives, you often have two groups: the talkers, who receive most of the hard power, set "best practices," and get support and recognition from management, and the doers, who often best execute on the vision despite a lack of support from both management and the talkers.
    -Your performance rating is too dependent on the quality of your manager.
    -Perception, not reality, dictates decision-making too much. Groupthink can also be a problem at times, which can seem collaborative but is actually detrimental to the culture, especially for unique individuals.
    -The stack ranking may be gone, but the new system has little transparency into how performance ratings are done. A lot of people have not noticed because they are THAT glad to see the stack ranking go.
    -Too many people leave the company, either voluntarily or involuntarily, on bad terms.
    -Under the right set of conditions, employees can experience stress at levels which are physically unhealthy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEven when senior management has the right ideas and vision at the top, and they have the talent with the potential energy to execute, too often something goes wrong between the two and that potential energy does not become kinetic energy. Also, while "One Microsoft" is a good vision in theory, in practice it's so vaguely defined that it just becomes a buzzword used to lend support to the same set of ideas (and conflicts) that existed prior to "One Microsoft." Finally, be more open to ideas and technologies from outside the company; not even "One Microsoft" will fix that.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    long on time, short on pay

    Business Development Director (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    Proshealth care, 401k, scope of work

    Constotal compensation, career, lateral moves

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Culture was off

    Producer (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsExcellent benefits, decent work/life balance

    ConsTerrible culture, recessive thinking -- but this was before they got rid of stack ranking, so it may change.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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