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Once an innovative workplace, now just another sad enterprise with mediocre managers and no leaders.

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Current Employee - Service Engineer  in  Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Service Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

Microsoft has great benefits, average pay scales and good campus amenities. There are good people that work there as individual contributors. There are a number of good telecommuting options.

Cons

Microsoft is no longer focused on innovation. They are focused on Microsoft. The company does not care about the employee. They do not care about the work performed, they care about the perception of the work the employee performs. Microsoft does not work to improve the employee, they work to shield Managers from negative polls and release any employee who they 'can' meaning with a low likelihood of being sued. The company has fostered a destructive and hampering stack ranking review system that does not acknowledge the contributions of a resource, but rather causes conflict and competitive actions amongst team members that should be working together instead of against each other...

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop placating to self absorbed ladder climbers who do so at the expense of others. Promote by value of the person, not value of the temporal circumstance. LEAD more, manage less.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Meh.

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    - decent comp
    - not a lot of horrible co-workers
    - some decent technologies

    Cons

    - complete lack of career growth
    - feels like being stuck in a big wet pool of mud

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop coming up with crap

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lot of politics and passive aggressive behavior

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer I in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    The pay is reasonable, and there are some changes to excel. For top employees, there is a high potential program, which can open up many doors for other jobs within the company. If you are a technical person, there is a lot of opportunity to network and meet other bright people.

    Cons

    The stock is not going to go up in value, and the company is not going to grow bigger than it is, and you should not expect your stock value to increase. Many people have the false illusion that Microsoft is still on the top, and that they are there to stay. There are also a lot of politics, and perception games being played. It is very important that you get an emotional/technical attachment to your dev manager AND the other dev managers, so that they do not try to throw you to the dogs in the closed doors performance reviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have to fix this. Decisions at Microsoft usually do not have a general focus, and the architects don't do anything but waste money.-- You should fire these people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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