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Great People & Benefits...Questionable Middle Management

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Former Employee - Technical Account Manager in Charlotte, NC
Former Employee - Technical Account Manager in Charlotte, NC

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

Pros

forerunner in creating great benefits, healthcare, 401(k), ESPP..even gave us $800/year for gym membership or exercise equipment. The people there were also great (if you like a-type personalities). Was the first company I've worked for where I genuinely liked going out to lunches, trips, and events with my fellow coworkers.

Cons

they really force you to drink their kool-aid. I also hated having to attend annual/semi-annual irrelevant events. Middle management was very questionable--many focused too much on numbers instead of bringing out the best in their direct reports. Claim to support diversity but still a very male, white or asian company.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Create & support more programs that truly value young talent and diverse. Select managers based on people management capabilities not just ability to drive numbers.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Consultant without a desk, required to be at my desk during business hours, heh heh.

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good perks such as transportation pass, parking, drinks in kitchen and frequent parties.

    Cons

    High vender turnover, large bureaucracy, more emphasis on being "at your desk" than getting things done, but this depends on department and manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use the FTE's more, and reduce usage of vendors. Create a pathway for vendors to become FTE's. Put more emphasis on getting things done, less on being at your desk. Let mobile vendors be mobile, or give them a desk.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Hard work, smart people, big company

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    People there are passionate and hardworking.

    Cons

    Work-life balance not always the best, location is relatively expensive.
    Quality of management depends largely on the team you are in.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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