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Good Learning Ground

Senior Manager (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

ProsA 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.

ConsExtremely 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 Senior Managementlose the stack ranking system and political based re-orgs

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Had great health care... "Senior+" level jobs are all about politics

    Senior Program Manager (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time


    Pros: - ProClub membership - Health care used to be excellent, now is pretty comparable to any A-grade employer - SSDP (same sex domestic partner) health care which… Cons: - Performance review is bell-curve based - The new (1-5) versus 20/70/10 rating system really blows - From "Senior" band (L63) and above the job is more… Advice to Senior Management: - abolish stack ranking - employee perfomance should be agreed and measured over 3 years (like Amazon) - more focus on engineering and test.. although steveb famously… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    Microsoft culture not for me

    Senior Program Manager (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years


    Pros: Good benefits (although that is changing) Cons: In my last 2 1/2 years at MS, I had 5 different managers. For me, I just wasn't good enough at playing the politics… More
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