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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

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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    Senior Product Manager in Redmond

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    Global company, incredible reach. Many opportunities across business groups to move laterally among different roles and move up into increasing levels of responsibility.

    Cons

    Microsoft is becoming very bureacratic in larger busines groups; smaller business groups have trouble surviving if they do not have a CVP with clout. Manager positions change rapidly and business planning/execution is done on annual cycle so only what gets done during a single year (really 6 months) counts. Then plans and priorities are rewritten.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I agree with the general conclusions of the recent Vanity Fair articles that the lifeboating process is antiquated and is undermining the long-term morale and effectiveness of the company. In my opinion the rating system is mainly a process of allocating annual bonus payouts and profit sharing that in the greater ranks, generally has little to do with productivity or impact. In addition, the business planning and execution has to be more long term fo the larger business groups, with more rapid turnover in product releases (again, much widely written about this)

    Recommends
    Neutral 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

    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.

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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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