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Good company to work for

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Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

Good benefits, depends on which team you have worklife balance

Cons

Middle management get tangled in office politics a lot

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    MS Review

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good Salary & Benefits
    Intelligent people
    Plenty of exciting projects
    Challenging
    Plenty of scope to grow
    Strong engineering culture
    Plenty of opportunities within the company
    Fun place to work

    Cons

    Stack ranking
    Excessive politics
    Visibility over substance
    People tend to get stuck at middle levels
    Plenty of people frustrated about lack of collaboration and teamwork
    There is a sense that we are not as innovative as we could be
    Can be a bit bureaucratic at times
    Not enough women in engineering roles
    Risk taking is not rewarded
    Managers are not as strong as they could be

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of stack ranking. This will encourage collaboration and innovation and reduce the number of people who seek visibility rather than having an impact on the product. The current system tends to encourage employees to undermine each other because they know that someone else's success means my downfall. This also creates unnecessary stress and distracts from the actual work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    6 Years In...

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good, but they're changing this year, so...

    Cons

    Stack ranking
    New review model is terrible and is causing high attrition among the more talented pool of employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transition to a 1/4 review model
    Get rid of the current 1 - 5 system
    Stack ranking? In a group of 10 employees, one person is going to get a 5, no matter how good an employee he/she is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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