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www.microsoft.com Redmond, WA 5000+ Employees

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Business Units in the Company can be very different

Program Manager (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

ProsYou 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.

ConsYou 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 Senior ManagementPublish 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Used to be great

    Director (Former Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years


    Pros: Great benefits, free unlimited sodas, the setup company for working inside to get… Cons: The SCORECARD has become the thorn in everyones side. Working not to make… Advice to Senior Management: Horrible middle management eliminates one great worker after another that walk out the door… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    New HR rating system makes it difficult to manage

    Director, Product Management (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

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


    Pros: - Still a market leader in many areas. Strong investment in R&D shoudl allow that to continue. - Great benefits.… Cons: - Being a manager is disturbing. New performance system forces some irrational decision. I'm sure that Microsoft does need to fire 5% of… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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