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Frustrating, inward and parochial. Financally on par or better than other jobs

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

I worked at Microsoft

Pros

Benefits , location, package , opportunity (if you have right mgt)

Cons

Bureaucracy, over structured and thinking, slow

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get closer to partners in order to succeed in mobile. Hire industry executives and keep engineers out of snr mgt

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    A fine place to start

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Lots of entry-level PM positions available
    Comfortable work environment
    Competitive salary and benefits
    Commute from Seattle is reasonable (certainly better than commuting from San Francisco to Silicon Valley), and Microsoft subsidizes use of public transit

    Cons

    ICs (people with no direct reports) have no independence. All decisions are made at higher levels, no matter how inane.
    Not many exciting projects to work on. The big names (Windows, Office, etc.) are all slow-moving and conservative, with lots of bureaucratic overhead.
    Mediocre, expensive food
    Campus is spread out, making it hard to get face time with other employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Democratize the decision-making process. Empower ICs to shape the direction of the product at the feature crew level. Just because someone is a good IC, doesn't mean they will be a good manager of people.

    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    everything is just great at MS

    Cons

    stack rank is a numbers game not people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    can't run this company like an accounting firm...by the numbers. Everyone is trying their hardest to do what is right for MS and our customers

    No opinion of CEO
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