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It's a big company, with all the pluses and minuses

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Director in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Senior Director in Seattle, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Love the people I work with -- team, customers and Microsoft partners
The quality of the work is interesting and intellectually rich
Benefits have been outstanding, this year a big change in the medical benefits but still probably in top 10%
Despite the awful stack ranking HR system which encourages backstabbing, there's actually a lot of good teamwork and camaraderie at the work group level

Cons

Internal politics truly Machiavellian
It's a better place for either junior people starting their career or for the so-called "partner" level people (L68 and over) For those of us crowded at the upper director, senior director roles, it's pretty ugly and there's a lot of people leaving or planning to at that level. Very few career opportunities to advance for people with experience.
Uninspired executives
Totally Redmond-centric, not really a global company

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Our HR system is at total odds with the culture you say you want to create. We all know it. Do something.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Politics and stack ranking sap the fun out of the place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Great challenges working with some really smart people on software and products than impact literally millions of people

    Cons

    An ageist, cost cutting culture backed up by HR-by-rote, stack ranking with a forced curve and self congratulatory politics sucks the life out of you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    realize your best assets are your employees... give us a reason to stay (or return) and try to recover some of that fading glory before going the way of Lotus

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    An amazing big company with lots of big company problems

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    Your other employees are bright, enthusiastic and driven to change the world. Benefits and perks are outstanding, including healthcare, time off with pay, software discounts, pay scales and bonuses.

    Cons

    Review model makes this a place where only the most agressive and competitive can suceeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop the review model.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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