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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Program Manager II in Bellevue, WA
Current Employee - Program Manager II in Bellevue, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (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 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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    Microsoft

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people, good technology and so so benefits

    Cons

    bureaucratic to the nth degree

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the review model and the scorecard


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great company, so-so managers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's Microsoft Resources Incredible benefits (though they are taking a hit in 2013 Perks Great experience

    Cons

    Salary < industry Stack ranking Managment that likes to micromanage, use the stick but no carrot

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at how your mid-level management is managing your ICs


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