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Great company aspirations, problematic Online Services division

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Former Employee - Marketing Director
Former Employee - Marketing Director

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

Pros

Iconic American technology company; Commitment to do good for all stakeholders, from employees to investors to customers to host communities. Example of good citizenship very visible throughout the Puget Sound region.

Cons

Online Services Division (Bing, MSN, Advertising Solutions) in a trailing market position, and morale suffers from that and stigma of large operating losses. Large division size and functional specialization make it difficult to absorb market dynamics and "move fast and iterate".

Advice to ManagementAdvice

When people criticize Ballmer, I can only wonder who on Earth could fill those shoes (besides Bill Gates, who has committed to address other world challenges).

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Approves of CEO

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    Mastodon company, but great people to work with

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II  in  Copenhagen (Denmark)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Copenhagen (Denmark)

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

    Pros

    - Good salary
    - Job security
    - Working on the "tomorrows" version of software

    Cons

    Too big organization to be effective and fast reacting

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
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    Fantastic and Innovative Company that might finally be slipping into middle age

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Director in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Passionate people, huge scope, broad set of types of jobs available (location, function, product line, etc.), giving spirit started by Bill Gates but still reflected today.

    Cons

    Process has become heavy, internal struggles among the top-most leadership have worn thin.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that building and selling IP is still first and foremost about the people - the brain drain and stories of mistreated people have become the rule and not the exception.

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    Disapproves of CEO
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