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20 days ago

Sr Delivery Project Manager

Microsoft Reston, VA +2 locations

Microsoft Services is pleased to announce a search for a project manager to support the United States Marine Corps (USMC).Microsoft Services is proud… Ivy Exec


4 days ago

UK Senior Finance Manager, P&L

Microsoft Reading, England

Investigo is currently recruiting on behalf of Microsoft in Reading for a UK Senior Finance Manager, P&L to join their Microsofts Sales, Marketing… Reed.co.uk


3 days ago

SR. PRODUCT INTEGRATION ENGINEER – new

Client Private company Los Angeles, CA

Generate design solutions for the integration of turbomachinery modules and components into systems that meet, but are not limited to, UL, CE, ATEX… Client Private company


9 days ago

AUTOMATION VERIFICATION TEST ENGINEER LEAD

Client Private company Los Angeles, CA

AUTOMATION VERTIFICATION TEST ENGINEER In this role, the Staff PV Engineer will work as part of a dynamic team located in Honolulu, Hawaii… Client Private company


30+ days ago

Enterprise Project Management Consultant

Microsoft Washington, DC

The EPM Senior Consultant role requires a powerful combination of product-specific technical knowledge, business acumen and experience, along with… TheLadders.com


24 days ago

Sr Program Manager

Microsoft Washington, DC

The U.S. government is eager to realize the benefits of the cloud, adopting a Cloud First policy for new investments. Microsoft is committed to… Ivy Exec


24 days ago

Director Solution Specialist

Microsoft Washington, DC

US Enterprise Services (ES) has an exciting leadership opportunity for a Solution Specialist to lead business opportunity development, strategic… Ivy Exec


18 days ago

Services Sales Director

Microsoft Washington, DC

The National Security Group (NSG) Homeland Security Division Services Sales Manager is responsible for overseeing the strategic and tactical selling… Ivy Exec


28 days ago

Senior Program Manager

Microsoft Washington, DC +3 locations

Microsoft is launching Microsoft Azure Government, a community cloud available for U.S. state, local, and federal government agencies representing a… Ivy Exec


2 days ago

Director Sales – new

Microsoft Washington, DC

include product and services revenue generation from a $100M portfolio of businesses, management of a sales executives and technical strategists… Ivy Exec


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    Thoughts after 10 years....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    1. If you love tech, this is a great place. No doubt you'll talk tech (mostly the MSFT stack) from enterprise to consumer - from PCs to phones to Xboxes - from datacenter to desktop.

    2. What were GREAT benefits are now VERY GOOD (took a small step down) but still probably better than you'll find at 99% of large corporations. If you've got family - the value of the benefits is even higher. 401k match is nice.

    3. Even with it's struggles MSFT is still a cash printing machine. This means if you can keep your nose clean and do reasonable work, you can have a stable job, pay your bills, feed your family, and not worry (too much) about layoffs. The stock you own likely won't tank, but probably won't go up much either. You'll get a bonus each year and some stock. It's a decent life if you aren't looking to light the world on fire.

    Cons

    Brand on Your Resume: After many years of losing market share and struggling to be at the front end of innovation and the fact that there's 90,000 employees, don't think MSFT is necessarily going to be attractive on your resume to more agile and smaller companies.

    Managing Your Career: Make you say this out loud so it registers - 90,000 employees work there. Double that for vendors. It is VERY hard to "stand out" and move up in the company. Don't expect your manager to be much of an advocate or enabler to help you meet your career goals - they are basically trying to survive the stack rank every year too. Not familiar with the stack rank? Check out the 2012 Vanity Fair article called "Microsoft's Lost Decade".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'll type it here - but I don't they are listening...
    1. Help proven talent move laterally in the company for new opportunities.
    2. Kill/evolve the stack rank. Here's basically how it's viewed:. 30% of the company gets 1s and 2s - and they are happy. 50% get 3s and that basically feels like getting a "C" in school. This sucks for talented people when a multitude of UNCONTROLLABLE conditions keep you from getting into 1 or 2 range. The 20% getting anything below a 3 are walking dead. In summary, 70% of the company walk away from the review cycle feeling like crap. This is no good.

    After 10 years, I'm leaving - it's just a matter of time until I find the right opportunity. I need to find a company spends 90% of it's time building technology experiences, as opposed to 90% of its time building PowerPoints. And I expect to refuse the exit interview - because if you really cared what I thought, you wouldn't ask me after I decided to leave.

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