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Great company to work for until your luck runs out

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Former Employee - Program Manager II  in  Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

A lot of internal opportunities - if you don't like your current job/manager/project - you can make a change without leaving the company.
Benefits are top-notch.
Compensation is finally (as of 2012) up to par with other big local players.

Cons

Very uneven work/life balance across the company. A lot depends on a team, and a manager.
Review system (as of 2012) creates unhealthy rush to avoid getting the bottom 2 ratings (which 20% of the people HAVE to receive). It's next to impossible to go anywhere in the company with a bad rating.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Microsoft LCA

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    Former Employee - Senior Attorney  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Attorney in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    The healthcare benefits are great; salaries range is in keeping with national average for in-house attorneys.

    Cons

    The culture is highly political. Employees are promoted based on politics (READ: the ability to kiss ass) rather than talent as an attorney. In fact, if you are interested in actually doing your job well and being an honest employee and team player, you can pretty much bet that you'll spend your career in the bottom rungs of the department getting the shaft from the dirtbags who get promoted over you. As a result, the senior levels in the department are filled with vicious backstabbing idiots and the culture is pretty much the equivalent of that you'd find in the arena at the Hunger Games. Everyone is out for themselves and eager to find a team member to offer up for sacrifice as one of the mandatory bottom 10% under-performers required for each review period.

    The work isn't challenging-- a chimp could do most of it as its based on using templates and following instructions on the "One LCA" Intranet site. You'll spend 90% of your time filling out forms or copying word-for-word the recommended response to a client question posted on the Intranet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Like the rest of Microsoft, LCA needs a complete change at the top. There's really no advise that I can provide to the current management, except this: resign for the good of the department and the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Consultant

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great pay, outstanding benefits,
    all kinds of bonuses for people exceeding expectation
    easy to get help and support internally most of the time
    nice working with very intelligent people
    have access to all kinds of interesting projects
    all kinds of trainings handily available

    Cons

    poor work life balance and you need to be really outstanding to survive.
    You need to be very independent and manage your own career
    all kinds of systems are very confusing to newhires

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reduce growth target

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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