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Great company, people, benefits and atmosphere

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Sales Manager in London, England (UK)
Former Employee - Sales Manager in London, England (UK)

I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than a year)

Pros

Very friendly people and environment - everyone is happy to help
Good work life balance
Good benefits and bonus scheme
Established and profitable company - they know what they are doing

Cons

Can be difficult to get promoted as it's hard to get recognised
Some managers have stayed managers for a while
Microsoft do not promote a up or out culture, not sure if this is a good thing
Average churn rate - People who don't get promoted typically move on
Competition for internal roles are quite high
Pay isn't in-line with industry

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Shape up the coasters (too many mediocre managers, not high performing)
Ensure compensation and pay is reflective of achievement and level of experience
Big discrepancy of pay between contractors and business divisions (sales vs operations)
Treat contractors with the same respect as FTEs

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Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 38 people found this helpful  

    Great Products and People - Top Leadership not so Good

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Work with some of the brightest technical minds in the industry. People are willing to collaborate in the best interest of the customer. The product quality is improving and the ability for the products to interoperate has been improved ten fold in the past 5 years. Employees have early access to beta products and well as are provided a good amount of training opportunity. Benefits are generally good. HR does try to continually improve benefis to keep Microsoft at the top. Pay is good as well in general, it does depend on role and performance.
    Employees who are doing outstanding work are rewarded well. Employees who are not doing well are managed out of the company (Caveat discussed below).

    Cons

    If you asked me these questions a year ago, I would answer differently. Due to recent changes in the review model, Microsoft is a less desirable place to work. The company has become excessively focused on metrics which detracts from focusing on the long term sucess of the company. The environment has become more cut throat and a higher stress workplace. Employees are constantly worried about being giving a low review score without much control over it. If you want control over it you need to work all of the time and then that does not even secure anything since situationalism. For instance, if your territory has budget issue in respective clients, or if upper management decisions to change review metrics part way through the year.
    Manager favoritism runs rampant in the company, it can have a direct impact on how well you do regardless of metrics. HR has covered themselves with a clause in the ratiing system, "In relation to your Peers." Let's say that you have a team of rock stars, not uncommon at Microsoft, of a pool of 50 people approximately 3-4 people will need to be placed into the lowest rating which means they will be on a program that will be difficult to get out of and likely asked to leave the company. Another 6 or 7 people will be rated just above the lowest ranking which will put them in a position where other groups will find them undisirable. Therefore, about 20 percent of the employees are labeled in such a way that they will have difficultly moving between organizations in the company. If you are reporting to a manager that you don't get a along with, your days will potentially be numbered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees should be treated as assets to the company not resources. If you have performance issues with employees, that should dealt with quickly and efficently. However, forcibly placing people into bracket either at the top or bottom will not have the disired outcome for the long term. It will not build you a heathly and diverse workforce incenting people and managers in the right ways. The "Jack Welch" mentality which seems to be at work here will backfire. It might appear to work in the short term, but will unravel by becoming counter productive in its attempt to retain the right talent over a duration that will make the company viable in the long term.
    The focus should be shifted to teamwork and building the best products in the industry by setting a high bar for performance. If everyone can attain the bar, then they should be rewarded. If people are not doing their jobs and performing well they should be managed out. Hire and keep good managers that can produce in the right way, get rid of others that are detrimental to the growth of the company.
    Additionally, hiring people is an expensive proposition, especially in customer facing roles. It takes time to get up to speed and build client relationships. When clients are happy, removing someone because they were ranked below their peers, but are still producing high quality work makes little sense. It is only disruptive to the team, customers, and stability of the company.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to be in 2013!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enterprise Technology Strategist
    Current Employee - Enterprise Technology Strategist

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most exciting product lineup in the company's history coming up this year. Don't miss out!

    Cons

    Lots of hard work ahead but totally worth the investment of your time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your eye on the prize.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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