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Business Units in the Company can be very different

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Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC

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

Pros

You own your career and can move regularly into different teams, businesses and roles. If you like to travel, this is the place to be. The pay is good and the access to technology thru the store and employee benefits are fantastic.The company has great programs for promoting performance - spot awards, high performance awards, etc. It's wasy to move around the company and find a team that is where one feels comfortable.

Cons

You must move regularly else risk being labelled as stale.If you have a family and don't like being on the road 6 days a week, this is not the place to be. Company provided hardware is sub-standard. The review model is completely random in application of merit and compensation with the rules chaning up to the last minute. Even in management it's unclear where performance will fall out until the day before reviews are to be delivered.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Publish short term and long term strategic vision and then build implementation plans to execute against. From the top tiers of the company all the way down to first line managers, chaos and reacting to external forces appear to be the norm. Employees don't know what's important until after it's too late to fix. It would be good to see managers at all levels understand what is happening multiple levels below them. I see most managers content with messages from their subordinates who are very good at "managing up" their specific messages - even if the reality is that things are 180 from what they are being told. Random checking by managers at all levels would help improve communication and understanding.

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Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    So many chef's in the kitchen

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    Current Employee - Content Publishing in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Content Publishing in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Multiple business groups allow the opportunity to move around the company and gain new experiences without quitting.

    Cons

    The highly matrixed org structure makes getting actual work done challenging to say the least.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish clearer roles & responsibilities with very clear decision makers. Remove organizational friction. Get rid of the calibration system which is causing very unhealthy short-term decision making.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    New HR rating system makes it difficult to manage

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    Current Employee - Director, Product Management in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director, Product Management in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    - Still a market leader in many areas. Strong investment in R&D shoudl allow that to continue.
    - Great benefits. Good salary, especially for lower level roles. Lowest salaried role is over 70K plus bonus
    - Many smart people

    Cons

    - Being a manager is disturbing. New performance system forces some irrational decision. I'm sure that Microsoft does need to fire 5% of its workforce, but it is simply making the company more bureaucratic. Performance is less critical than political positioning.
    - Current monopoly profit margins will erode as disruptive technologies drive competition and Microsoft moves to lower margin Cloud products

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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