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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 for more than a year

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 ManagementAdvice

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.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Reston, VA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good people, good technology and so so benefits

    Cons

    bureaucratic to the nth degree

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the review model and the scorecard

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Software development engineer in test - II

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Impact billions of Windows customer worldwide, my work reaching each of these customers

    Cons

    too big an organization, easy to become complacent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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