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Great IT company to work for but watch the red tape at times

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Former Employee - Project Manager in Tokyo (Japan)
Former Employee - Project Manager in Tokyo (Japan)

I worked at Microsoft

Pros

Global company provides employees with many different cultural perspectives. High energy level of most employees. Opportunity to transfer to other divisions / geographies. Great benefits if you're in Redmond and pretty good salaries. Strong company culture creates sense of community. Great internal promotion prospects. Excitement that comes with being part of such a high-profile company / industry (epic battle with Google, Linux, etc.).

Cons

At times, there was too much bureaucracy...Also, with low turnover rates, the culture is quite insular. Notice the way many job descriptions are written on their job site - many of the acronyms are only understandable if you've been in Microsoft. The concept of 'changing lives' with software was often overblown.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Make the company more agile again.

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    Good to be in MS

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    The best people to work with and a great environment.
    Can get to work on the products which impacts millions and that motivates you a lot
    Good benefits in the industry.
    Lots of extra curricular activities and parties in the campus and you should manage to enjoy them beside having heavy load of work

    Cons

    Recognition for the work done
    Hectic work though you have flexi timing
    Getting into it is pretty difficult as you a one of the pool of masses and have hopes only if you are from one of the top Universities and posses good CGP.
    Should be more flexible in hiring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Politics should be avoided

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Microsoft: pros and cons, you decide.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Observer-Advisor in Kiev (Ukraine)
    Former Employee - Observer-Advisor in Kiev (Ukraine)

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Company really invests into people development and professional growth. MSFT also tries to hire best people, and in majority it works: there are lots of great and bright people around.
    Also, great that company has developed long-term strategic view and committed to huge investments into R&D, which multiplied by strong internal management system, resulted in consistent over years, growth of its competitiveness level. Another helper is broad partner network and market outreach, which benefits from significant resources available for sales and marketing.
    So, in short, you can learn and learn a lot. Career growth? Depends heavily on whom you work with.
    Compared to other companies you can also (if this is part of your values' system) enjoy nice office environment, great compensation and benefits packages, corporate events in nice and expensive locations, at least it used to be the case before crisis, a good indicator of some nice margins company is able to earn on sales of software and services.

    Cons

    The biggest dissapointment for me was contradiction between de-jure principles stated in Standards of Business Conduct, and de-facto behavior of local management, which in many real-life examples showed lack of human vaues, leadership and responsibility. So, the problem is in the process of selection and hiring of top- and middle-level managers, where company does relatively well in looking into function-specific qualities of candidates but fails to select and hire managers with proper leadership capabilities.
    Another one downside is extremely poor work-life balance, when urgent and complex tasks come with very short deadlines, causing many people to work till late nights 5-7 days a week. Declarative slogans that company respects employees' WLB, simply does not work.
    And in many cases you can see when some manager might take an exccessive and not realistic commitment (to get promotion for example or award or visibility to upper level), but then after facing difficulties in getting to the target, showing up blaming everybody around and not having courage to take responsibility and acknolwedge his or her mistake.
    I saw many talented people leaving MSFT because of the reasons described above, with senior management not making steps to eliminate route cause of the problems. This is pity.
    The last but not the least (already stated in some feedback here). Internal attitude towards competition must be different. It must respect competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. There is something wrong with internal MS Poll. It does not help to find out poor managers.
    2. Change how people internally treat and see competition. Start with yourself.
    3. Enforce WLB worldwide.
    4. Fight for people with right set of human values, not with profile of 'best managers' or A-class (Good to Great).
    5. Stop promoting wrong people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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