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Microsoft: If You Want to Work for a Big Company, Go MSFT...

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Former Employee - Senior Director in Tokyo (Japan)
Former Employee - Senior Director in Tokyo (Japan)

I worked at Microsoft

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

MSFT is an awesome big company--great benefits, great work-life balance, great job security. It's a great place to work on world-leading software franchises and have an opportunity to have a scope of impact that most start-ups only can dream about.

The people there are pretty smart too.

Also since they've implemented a lot more touchy-feely things in the performance management system, people are much nicer and more human. All in all a great overall work environment for a huge company.

Cons

Although it's a great place to work for a big company, it is a big company. Too many people making too few decisions. Far too many people I know spend their time working and reworking and reworking powerpoint slides that can be reviewed, chewed on and re-edited again to show to someone else. This lack of single point of accountability was really bad.

Also, with so many people career advancement is getting to be pretty difficult. It's getting very tenure based, like a Proctor and Gamble. This is a bummer.

Finally, I think that too few people really have the technical and customer passion that's needed there. Few people are really up to speed on the latest products coming out from competitors or how our customers interact with them. This is a bad habit and too many people have gotten lazy.

Advice to Management

Require that all powerpoints follow Guy Kawasaki's 10/20/30 rule (10-slides in 20 mintues, not less than 30 point font).

Require that all presentations include a "demo," whether it's a storyboard of a feature, a product demo, support calls, whatever. Make the stuff real!

Cut headcount by at least 30% and increase perfromance-based pay to radically reward top performers.

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  1. Bon tremplin pour la suite

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    Current Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Issy-les-Moulineaux (France)
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Issy-les-Moulineaux (France)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Société qui évolue mais avec un modèle pas suffisamment disruptif
    Organisation qui s'adapte au changement mais pas encore suffisamment
    Des outils de travail efficaces permettant la mobilité
    Une très grande collaboration entre les gens
    L'autonomie sur son organisation du travail

    Cons

    Stress lié à une exigence et des objectifs très élevés
    Système de notation
    Au niveau du service des entités en silo
    Trop de tâches administratives
    Une course effrénée à la croissance et la marge maximales

    Advice to Management

    Réviser le système de notation qui 1) biaise les avis des clients 2) fait qu'on se concentre sur les objectifs plutôt que les besoins du client et 3) nuit à la collaboration au sein d'une même équipe

  2. Product Marketing Manager Microsoft

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Vienna (Austria)
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Vienna (Austria)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Sehr Sales-orientiertes Marketing, durch die begrenzten Ressourcen bekommt man einen Blick auf das Wesentliche und konzentriert sich auf sehr zielgerichtetes Marketing

    Cons

    umständliche Marketing-Prozesse und dadurch recht enges Korsett in der Umsetzung, sehr komplexe interne Strukturen mit hohem Abstimmungsaufwand, meist recht niedrige lokale Marketing Budgets,

    Advice to Management

    mehr in lokales Ressourcen in den Ländern investieren und den Wasserkopf in MS Corp (Headquarter) etwas reduzieren. Das würde sich sehr positiv auf die Work-Live Balance auswirken

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