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The Lost Decade Just Looks to Continue

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

Incredibly smart people working here. Amazing innovation at ground floor and at local levels. Good people wanting to do the right thing. I believe Steve B. is on his way out, this will be a huge PRO for the company.

Cons

Layer upon layer of insidious bureaucracy, fifedoms, and in-fighting kills opportunity. The only thing the company does consistently is miss it's window of opportunity. The current review model is meant to remove the bottom 10% every year, do the math on that, after year one, the middle becomes the bottom and thus.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

GE abandoned the current review model at MSFT because it was too expensive, killed corporate moral, drove out the best thinkers and top minds to more rewarding and supportive cultures. If you want to host a long-running layoff just say so, because that is what this model is for.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    What it's like to work at Microsoft?

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Diversity in people, some of the smartest people I'd ever worked with, good breadth of technology and opportunity.

    Cons

    Microsoft is a big machine with a software production line mentality and quality is often de-prioritized. It is so wealthy that money is wasted, especially in IT. Management is given full authority to disregard the health and well being of their direct reports and HR no longer represents the non-manager employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People should not be treated as a comodity. When MS was founded, the employee was "the key to success"... now, with the company wealth... the mindset is, we can always buy more... it's sad to see a company I loved working for so much, turn into what IBM once was.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Going downhill

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer  in  Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Irving, TX

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people to work with, front line managers and non management colleagues are awesome.
    Good learning experience changes roles as often as possible and you can learn a lot.

    Cons

    Management is hellbound to cut costs and doesn't care about their employees
    High pressure and stress to "compete with your teammates", working as a team is not encouraged by policy and actions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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