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Senior Product Manager in Server and Tools Business

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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)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Fantastic career resources, healthy work-life balance,

Cons

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

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    Giant Company with Giant Mess

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II 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

    1. Some free drinks.
    2. Good offices

    Cons

    1. Bad leadship. Reviewing system is so aweful that a lot of lower level ICs do not get credits.
    2. Competitive working instead of collaborative working environments.
    3. Politics: During reorganization, a lot of leads move with their managers and do not do much work at all. Dev manager get paid a lot with less work.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the stupid forced curve and bring back morality and creativeness.


  2. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!


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