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Very good employer with reasonable benefits

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Porgram Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Porgram Manager in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

Relaxed environment
Flexible work hours and ability to work from home
Leading edge technologies
Annual poll actually has an impact on the way thiings are done.

Cons

Benefits have been erroded in recent times esp health care
Stock has been stagnant for over 10 years
Missed the boat on recent wave of innovation (phones, tablets)
Career opportunities limited if not in product groups

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Reorgs are disruptive. Build an org and stick to it for a couple of years.
The MS Health plan was a major factor in attracting talent. The new HSA sucks and will have an adverse effect on recruitment.
Admit to failures as well as celebratin the successes. We gnerally had to find out about things such as the Kin and aQuantive fiascos in the press.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Endless opportunities, huge impact potential, but as for any large company this does not go without some frustrations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principla Group Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principla Group Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of very smart people. It's just more exciting to work with those people than in most companies
    Impact: the products impact so many people (in a good way) and your work does make you feel you are changing the world
    Products and technologies: just being at the spearhead of technology, working on cool products (assuming your fing hightech software cool)
    Tons of opportunities accross disciplines
    Great benefits and work environment
    Good package, not great, not going to get rich through IPO package, but good package.

    Cons

    can be political as any large company
    often more focused on "monetizing" (i.e. get more money from a customer) than doing what's best for the customer
    lots of complications in day to day things due to combinatio of being an IP company, being affraid of litigation (including)
    silo mentallity accross division and impression of focus on what's best for them vs. the company at the partner level (at least often looks like this)
    brutal rating system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more freedom to small teams
    more stringent pressure on presidents and CVPs to genuinely collaborate
    Focus more on what's best and fairest for the customer not what's going to provide more revenues
    Stop cutting products, this really damages our reputation (performance point, forefront, fliught sim, money, digital image pro, MSN groups, spaces, live mesh...)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Opportunity to own your career and what you do.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager Lead in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager Lead in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Huge amount of choice. Tons of jobs across the company. It’s hard to get bored with some many interesting projects available.
    Smart people. In general there are really smart people to work with – especially in some areas.
    Whatever your passion you can find some way to be involved. Whether you make it part of your job or just take advantage of the groups and resources.
    It’s up to you to make your career what you want it to be. This one can be seen as a pro or con.

    Cons

    Some inefficacies that come with a large company.
    Imperfect review model, but really there are few that are great.
    Not all groups are that great to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Explain the why regularly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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