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Former Employee - Product Sales Specialist
Former Employee - Product Sales Specialist

I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Above average benefits
Very knowledgeable and talented people

Cons

Very political environment. Advancement not based on what you know or can contribute but on who you know.
The environment inside the company is dog-eat-dog. For each person who gets a "good" performance review, an equal number of people must recieve a "bad" performance review. This leads to cutthroat internal competition, a lack of empathy or friendship in the office, and generally an unfriendly environment.
High turnover- "burn and turn" philosphy

Advice to Management

Revamp performance review.
Change your culture before it is too later

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  1. Lots of independence, given chance to make an impact and pursue your passion, rewarded well by industry standards

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Haifa (Israel)
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Haifa (Israel)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Autonomy, independence, latest hardware and software, remote access, high level of trust

    Cons

    Performance review process is a little crazy - managers have to identify a weak 10% and force good employees out. So teamwork is always accompanied by looking over your shoulder and trying to get noticed. Getting noticed by other managers, establishing a reputation, is more important than any actual work you do. There are plenty of people who play this game well. Also, work life balance was always off (too much work, if that wasn't clear).

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the 10% rule


  2. Helpful (1)

    Learned a lot, developed a lot. Great company to work for a number of years.

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager
    Former Employee - Finance Manager

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A few pros:
    1-Very professional work force molds you into representing yourself the best way you can in your future career.
    2-Fast paced and a lot of challenges, teaches you a lot on the job.
    3-Fun teams with casual environment, great relationships and lifelong friendships.
    4-Flexible work schedule, no set business hours and face time required as long as deliverables are hit.
    5-Compensation and Benefits are second to none (but comes with the extra hours)

    Cons

    1-Work Life Balance is a focus area for the company, but almost impossible to maintain a workweek less than 50-60+ hours, or you will not be regarded as a hard working employee. Nighttime work is the norm. It is about how late can you stay up and still show up at work in the morning.
    2-Very tough review system, everyone is smart and start playing games to get ahead of each other. Some people get unfair reviews if they are managing up or spend significant amount of time on office politics
    3-Random firedrills are a culture, being planful is almost penalized, as plans do not stick and you end up spending all the time to be proactive and planful and not getting the benefit.

    Advice to Management

    Change the Review System, it is emotionally draining and creates more than necessary competition among employees. May have been great during start up years, not effective with large number of employees.
    Beware of office politics and reward people for good work, not by who they report to or know.


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