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Great place to work. Big jobs, great resources, up-to-date technology, encourages risk-taking

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Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

access to great tech and wicked smart people. lots of budget and resources to actually get things done

Cons

tough and very competitive performance model.

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    Solid coding in a varied but silo'd environment

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Tons of within-company opportunities, lots of data to work with, you can find great people, your work affects millions and millions of people.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, engineering practices lag industry standards in many teams, the organization is anything but lean, there are plenty of leeches.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way, any way, to get rid of the bottom 20% without hurting morale. Stop growing if that's what's causing lax hiring? Communicate shareholder value goals all the way down to the base, and encourage quantitative thinking about scenarios instead of fuzzy story-telling.

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    Disapproves of CEO
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    Wonderful opportunity, sometimes the company gets in their own way

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to move around, great benefits, making something big happen in the world. Smart people, a cultural wonder. A well-intentioned company and unfortunately, often misunderstood and even wrongfully demonized by the public/media. The company is MUCH BETTER than the 'haters' are eager to point out.

    Cons

    Organizationally, Microsoft is top heavy- few do the legwork which is largely done by vendors --contrast this to Amazon where each employee does their outward-facing work (Amazon is, however burning out their employees so there is a balance somewhere).

    Microsoft has long had too much consensus-based decision-making which slows the company down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on getting MS people to balance vision with EXECUTION. Today, there are many visionaries but need more of their fingerprint in the work that is actually delivered out to the world.
    I would say 90% of most MS employees' time is spent in internal meetings or trying to build their internal brand. Instead, 80% of their time should be spent developing something that the world can consume, not decks to impress execs. (less MYR, more GTM).
    Also need more right-hand/left-hand orchestration so that groups can discover what one another is doing. e.g. the Insight 360 could be used not only as a personality tool, but as a goal-sharing tool that everyone shared openly to articulate what they need from one another. There is a template for that ready to execute in the program. WWSM memos were great but they break down at the GM level and lower.

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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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