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Competitive stack-ranking, and limited career growth outside of Redmond

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Benefits are great for now, company is respected as hiring top talent so looks good on a resume/CV, and top performers as compared to peers receive good pay increases and career opportunities in general.

Cons

Culture has become internally competitive, confidence is rewarded over self-criticism (a msft core value, no longer widely evident), matrixed org is complex and decision ownership is unclear but consensus is still somehow expected, 'stack ranking' is perceived as a popularity contest vs. supported by outcomes and data, simplification efforts happen in silos creating even more complexity and duplication, and there is little tolerance for the complex and thoughtful planning needed for org-wide systemic solutions.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop rewarding shoot-from-the-hip behavior and solutions, and keep stack ranking under control so that it's not being done in small teams (which it is today).

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wolf in Sheep's clothing !

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    Former Employee - Principal Consultant
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some great fringe perks , decent package (not the best). Offices are very well equipped. Some great people to work with.

    Cons

    Management sucks ! Driven by the numbers game, people are secondary despite what management say. Enjoy the good times because one day you'll be at the bottom of the stack - review process stack ranks people and one year you'll have a bad year and its difficult to recover - better to leave.
    Its a pyramid and you're expected to keep moving on and up or you just fall off. The review system does not cater for solid consistent performers, you must keep on improving - management is so weak that it has to keep applying the same dumb system. Its also difficult to move around the company unless you near the top as they won't invest (take a risk) in you having to learn different skills.

    You can't get old and grey here - young and grey yes. If you're young and a bit idealistic (sorry guys!) then its the place for you, if you a hard nosed, sod the rest of you sort of person it will also work well. However, if you're incredibily old - say over 40!! , just want to do a solid job, consistently performing, then no way - you're deadwood as far MS is concerned.

    And its very Redmond centric. I could go on and on and on !

    In summary - Its lean mean money making machine ! its a business - don't forget that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about employees - they are your best asset. Stack ranking is killing the company.

    Its also living in the past and fortuantly can coast on past achievments (Office & Windows) . Its simply too big - needs breaking up and some bits dumping. Alternatively diverge the brands - need to separate gaming from home computing from enterprise, such a mixed up marketing message - even the employees are confused.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting place

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    Current Employee - Researcher
    Current Employee - Researcher

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

    Pros

    Nice place, with a generally pleasant atmosphere, and very interesting projects to work on.

    Cons

    The benefits and salaries are somewhat below similar firms in the sector (e.g. Google, Facebook etc.)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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