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Review system promotes employees being unjustly labeled for good or bad

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Current Employee - Senior Director in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Director in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Access to technology, working with the best and brightest, fast paced changing environment, tough problems to solve, opportunities to do new things.

Cons

Leadership, review model promotes employees being unjustly labeled to meet a curve & budget, bias exists -- enginneering favored over business/operational roles. Business is too often seen a "non-core".

Advice to ManagementAdvice

1. Focus on empowering women through executive sponsorship...enable just as many women to take on big challenges in unchartered territory as men. 2. Change the review model to a project based review model to promote cross group collaboration, innovation and limit silo'd execution.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
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    Two Classes of Worker

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible regarding work environment (lots of opportunity to work in a virtual environment), great opportunity to learn and apply new skills, global workforce.

    Cons

    There are two class of workers. Blue Badges and Orange Badges. Many of the people who work at MS are orange badges, meaning they work similar to full time employees, but are actually vendors or internal contractors. This means you can work for years without benefits of being a true employee.

    Also in the past few years other companies have made some of the technologies that are much better and more advanced then what is coming out of MS.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the contributions of the orange badges!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Some divisions at MSFT are better than others, but bad management and performance review systems are a universal pain.

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    Former Employee - Service Engineer In Operations in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Service Engineer In Operations in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The perks are generally good; even the new, crappier health insurance is pretty good. There are a LOT of really smart, dedicated people there. The trick is to work in a division that's currently got a shiny object, like Xbox or Azure.

    Cons

    The performance review system is a nightmare, and the bane of every employee. Nobody is really under the impression that Ballmer or his immediate reports have any real strategy for what they're doing. The internal politics are different among the various divisions, and some are very, very bad. I would recommend avoiding work in the Online Services Division at all cost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Steve Ballmer needs to go and the performance review and career management systems need to be rewritten from the ground up to emphasize teamwork and customer focus, both of which are sorely lacking now. When you spend a bunch of money on an acquisition, maybe try learning from how they ran things instead of cramming the Microsoft Way down their throats. (Best of luck with Skype. Hope you don't do to them what you did to aQuantive.)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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