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Brilliant minds; mediocre management

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Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

Some really smart people work at Microsoft. Some divisions are great. Others not as much.

Cons

There is far too much concern about what other "stakeholders" think.... soo many meetings that it takes forever to get anything done. The company rarely takes risks. Product reliability has gone done (just look at Internet Explorer).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Cut out the feature bloatware. Go back to basics. Keep things simple, fast, and easy to use.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Lots of problems but overall a good place to work for a while.

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    Current Employee - User Experience Lead in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - User Experience Lead in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits but they are getting worse in 2013. They will still be good but not quite golden.
    Decent compensation.
    Most people are very friendly and good to work with.
    It is relatively easy to move positions within the company to seek new challenges.

    Cons

    A lot of process is needed to guide a ship as big as Microsoft but the company is often a slave to the process instead of effectively using it as a tool.

    It is a very political environment. The best way to "succeed" is the spend a significant proportion of your time selling your accomplishments up the management chain. It is an environment where self-promotion is key.

    A lot of attention is paid to "level" of employees. New hires are often brought in at relatively high levels but can't perform. Despite their poor performance they continue to be chosen to lead projects because of their “level”. There are now many people in the Principal level-band while I’d say less than half deserve to be there.

    Decisions are often made at the upper management / executive levels with zero visibility provided. Why was this product/feature cut? Why are we putting more resources on project X? It is expected that the worker ants will just do what they are told. They don't need to understand why.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time and make an effort to learn what your direct reports are "actually doing" instead of relying mainly on self-reports / self-promotion.

    Provide some visiblity into how and why decisions are being made. Simply dictating from the mountain leads to disatisfactoin.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    the best company to work for

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    Current Employee - Research Software Development Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Research Software Development Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO

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

    Pros

    great friends, great fun, great employer, great money

    Cons

    some co-workers are immature. Sometimes management gets impatient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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