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General Manager

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Current Employee - General Manager  in  Seattle, WA
Current Employee - General Manager in Seattle, WA

I have been working at Microsoft for more than 10 years

Pros

Great pay and benefits, great technology.

Cons

Top heavy, everyone trying to get to high level jobs instead of doing their jobs. Higher levels taking credit for work done by their employees. Very internally focused, MS competes more internally than it does externally.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get a clue. You are destroying a once great company. The technology is superior but MS needs to learn how to market products beyond product launch. Once the product is launched everyone thinks the job is done. You have changed the compensation program so that managers no longer can incent the right behaviors of employees, common sense has been removed from the system. Stop getting rid of you high paid employees. They still have a lot of knowledge that will take the company to the future. To many politics, have to play games to get ahead. Instead get rid of the people that are just along for the ride or those who Power Point themselves to promotion. Presentations do not guarantee execution............

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place if your manager likes you

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    If you work there and have a good manager, make them successful and follow them as their career advances. That's one way to succeed...

    Cons

    Reorgs take their toll as you can end up with a new manager every few months. With the ranking system in place, it's easy to clash with a new manager who has to 'contribute' someone to the bottom of the ranking and once that happens don't expect to recover - or to find a good job in another group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the Vanity Fair article once a week... Start thinking about why the person was hired and where their skills, experience and talents could be used rather than simply dumping them and them ending up with as many open positions are there are - and crying for more work permits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for 16 years, awful for one.

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

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is a big company with a tremendous number of great people and opportunities. I was able to have several different "careers" by working for different organizations within the company. I could retain the great benefits and seniority while growing my salary and experiences.

    Cons

    The stack ranking and review system is awful. All it takes is one bad manager, or the sudden loss of a good manager, to quickly go from being a star to a low-ranked candidate on the way out the door. Microsoft has lost many, many excellent, dedicated employees due to the current review system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empowered middle managers (GMs and directors) are able to ruin an employee's career in an instant. Senior management should keep an eye on this behavior because it is eroding the company's talent base.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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