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Felt like just another number.

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Former Employee - PM Intern  in  Redmond, WA
Former Employee - PM Intern in Redmond, WA

Pros

-Great products
-great opportunities
-PM roll rocks

Cons

-hit or miss with management. i had really bad luck with a manager that rejected her last 3 interns.
-no personalized attention really -- off on your own and expected to figure things out completely (my experience, my friend had different experiences)
-traffic if commuting from downtown Seattle

Advice to ManagementAdvice

-Invest more in your employees
-Try to keep groups seem smaller

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Possibly the best company to work for, if you are up to the challenge, can deal with pressure and politics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    Unlimited resources, brilliant people, thought leadership, best products, potential to impact the entire marketplace

    Cons

    Senior Leadership really struggling and blocking new talent, cross collaboration does not exist. Performance review is chaotic and incentive politics and feuds.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Performance review model is awful and is killing the company making talent to flee to competitors. Stack ranking is a cancer that blocks Microsoft to realize its full potential as it kills any cross collaboration initiatives

    Way too many Senior Leaders "Vesting In Peace" and blocking new leaders.

    MS is wasting a big opportunity in Emerging Markets specially in Russia and Brazil due to lack of talent in those regions... The company doesn't repatriate the senior talent such areas produced in the past who migrated to Redmond and could now lead far better than any current legacy "big shot"

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

    Great company, bad perf review model

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    - One of the finest compaines in the world.
    - Finest medical insurance in the country
    - Individual offices/fully stocked kitchen/prime card
    - Does a wide range of things in software. You cannot get bored here. You can always jump to a team that interests you.

    Cons

    - Performance review system. 15% people in your team will be shafted, no matter what. The whole review process is shrouded in secrecy so there is no way of knowing where you stand. This secrecy allows bosses to get rid of directs they don't get along with, with impunity.
    - No team bonding/spirit. Again, its because of the annual review system that makes people scared of their peers. This leads to rampant jealousy and back stabbing. This is literally a dog-eat-dog world.
    - Wastage of resources: This again is partly due to the perf review system. If a person figures that he is not doing well as compared to his peers, he is more likely to drum up something even when it is not needed. His boss may aid him in shoving his useless ideas onto other's throats.
    - Empire building: I guess every mature company suffers through this problem.
    - Pathetic online division: This division is touted as Microsoft's future, but is filled with idiots who have got themselves promoted as they happended to be there from the start.The result is utter chaos and a miserable work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of this ruthless performance review system. Make people love their jobs rather than fear their jobs. Microsoft, under Bill Gates, was a dream come true. Make it happen again. Making employees fight like gladiators will only bring down Rome. In software, you can do your best work when relaxed and when you get good team support. You cannot be relaxed when you know that one good project by your peer can lead to you getting axed. Even managers hate this system since they are human too and can understand the pain that they invariably cause.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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