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Losing Much of its Charm

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

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

Pros

flexibility in work schedules, can take time off for appointments whithout punching a clock. Salary pays the bills

Cons

Very political. A finance based company, not engineering. Hardware engineering is achieved by brute force and compromise on features/performance. Managers are a separate caste from individual contributor employees, keeping a high wall between the two cultures. Heavy workload - Need to put in 60-70 hours a week. Not efficient, not scalable.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop focusing so much onyour own careers and think about being a great manager

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    For PMs, too much process. But it depends a lot on the team/group. Some are much better.

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    As an employee, they treat you very well. They make a lot of effort to make you feel cared for.
    It is also nice to work on big stuff, with millions of users, and making lots of cash.

    Cons

    Too many people that have been in the company for over 10 years.
    The company thinks it is great and celebrates it... I think it is a problem. They use really crappy tools that they develop (don't get me started on how they track bug!), and they have process and meetings that really have no value for humanity nor the company...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop breaking everything into 50 teams, making each team "beg" the other team to do something for it...
    just make a "team" responsible for end-to-end, independent, let them freaking do what they need to do!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good company to start your career, but gets boring after a while

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great mentoring and training model.. Has some awesome people working and some great resources. It gives you good time to flourish and expand your skillsets

    Cons

    As you rise up sometimes politics kills you. Once you know the system it is easy to beat it and get lazy. A bit slow to change and not much new blood in the upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix that rating system and stop that stack ranking. I hated it being a manager to dole out those scores.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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