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WIndows phone specific

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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 (more than 3 years)

Pros

Microsoft is large and stable. Windows phone is a new product with potential

Cons

Windows phone is very political and certain groups within windows phone more so. Lots of emails and noise. too much rat race stuff like send more emails and ppts to be visible. Not much flexibility in certain groups. Do what your boss tells ya or suffer the consequences. Stack ranking review system causes people to sometimes worry about themselves and also causes good employees to fall in low ratings. You cannot move groups within microsoft if you have a low rating so if for some reason your manager doesnt like you and gave you a bad rating, you are stuck with him or you quit the company.

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Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunity, challenging environment.

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    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to impact at global scale; compensation and benefits; opportunity to do many different jobs within one company; global opportunity.

    Cons

    Frequent and disruptive re-organizations; employee calibration system forces a ranking curve so every year 20% of employees receive a low ranking regardless of their contribution.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Learning Ground

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

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

    Pros

    A good place to start off your career in that you can get exposure to a lot of different products/groups. Excellent health benefit package and gym benefits.

    Cons

    Extremely political and not very innovative. Work life balance is a struggle on most teams/organizations. While there are some good pockets within the company, constant re-orgs create too much churn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    lose the stack ranking system and political based re-orgs

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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