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Demanding job but you get to work with some of the most brilliant minds in the industry

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

I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Intelligent co-workers; encouraged to innovate; good benefits, beautiful campus locations

Cons

They promote work-life balance but in words only. The employees who get recognized at all-hands meetings are those who worked 60 hour weeks and never took time off.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Employees get burned out too soon when they have no life outside of work. If you are going to encourage work-life balance, you need to really mean it.

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    Microsoft is a progressive intelligent company that provides a good challenge and opportunity for its employees to grow

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    Former Employee - Distribution Accounts Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Distribution Accounts Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Challenging and intelligent work with a great corporate culture

    Cons

    Politics can get in the way of allowing employees and the right people to help advance the company

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Surrounded by smart people, but way too competitive and not in a good way.

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smart people
    Variety of positions, opportunities, locations to work
    Good salary
    Good benefits
    Interesting work

    Cons

    Employees too competitive contributing to a very tense work environment
    Horrible appraisal process
    Tendency to pigeon hole people in roles and responsibilities, thus limiting their opportunities
    Recruit the "best" people, very bright and hard workers, and then tell them they are average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Throw out all aspects of the appraisal process and start over! It is currently antiquated and horrible and does not contribute to a healthy work environment
    Too much focus on "high performers" rather than the other "70%" that are doing 90%+ of the work and are great employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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