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Current Employee - Program Manager II in Bellevue, WA
Current Employee - Program Manager II in Bellevue, WA

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

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Good Salary & Benefits
Intelligent people
Plenty of exciting projects
Challenging
Plenty of scope to grow
Strong engineering culture
Plenty of opportunities within the company
Fun place to work

Cons

Stack ranking
Excessive politics
Visibility over substance
People tend to get stuck at middle levels
Plenty of people frustrated about lack of collaboration and teamwork
There is a sense that we are not as innovative as we could be
Can be a bit bureaucratic at times
Not enough women in engineering roles
Risk taking is not rewarded
Managers are not as strong as they could be

Advice to Management

Get rid of stack ranking. This will encourage collaboration and innovation and reduce the number of people who seek visibility rather than having an impact on the product. The current system tends to encourage employees to undermine each other because they know that someone else's success means my downfall. This also creates unnecessary stress and distracts from the actual work.

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    Great benefits and interesting opportunities, but unclear strategy and a toxic review system.

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    Current Employee - Content Publishing Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Content Publishing Manager II in Redmond, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Easily the best health benefits of any company or organization I'm aware of worldwide. Strong internal and corporate support for diversity and progressive social issues like same-sex partnerships. Wonderful corporate values.

    Cons

    Total lack of clarity on the company's strategic direction; Microsoft doesn't need to have a finger in every pie. The new review model (or resurrection of the old one, if you've been at the company longer than five years) creates a toxic environment of mistrust and wasteful internal competition between teammates -- from the individual contributor level all the way up through executives. As if all that weren't bad enough, it's impossible to maintain any sort of work/life balance: Expect to end up working 10-12 hours regularly, with "death marches" near releases.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the broken review model, get out of irrelevant international markets, and quit trying to get into every product category -- no, you CAN'T do it all!

  2. Helpful (2)

    6 Years In...

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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 (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are good, but they're changing this year, so...

    Cons

    Stack ranking
    New review model is terrible and is causing high attrition among the more talented pool of employees

    Advice to Management

    Transition to a 1/4 review model
    Get rid of the current 1 - 5 system
    Stack ranking? In a group of 10 employees, one person is going to get a 5, no matter how good an employee he/she is.

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