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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)

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 ManagementAdvice

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!

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    One look at Microsoft today.

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

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

    Pros

    All types of opportunities... if you know the right people.

    Cons

    People have been at MS for many years leading to many generals and few soldiers all vying for the same opportunities. It limits the ability to grow and get promotions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Senior Product Manager in Server and Tools Business

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

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

    Pros

    Fantastic career resources, healthy work-life balance,

    Cons

    Really matrixed, confused and chaotic organization (at present), Niched roles

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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