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Good Compensation, Crappy Leadership

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Good salary and good (though degrading) benefits. Fair extras ( but also degrading bonus and stock compensation.) Good focus on internal training. Typical upsides related to a large corporation. Broad, varied, and at times, interesting product base.

Cons

Crappy and dated people management philosophy. The company is rotting from the head and is handling middle age poorly. If there is no Ballmer transition plan already in the works -- they are probably in long term trouble.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Wall street and the professional market have declared their lack of faith in Ballmer's leadership for almost a decade. Internal polls have echoed much the same - especially at the Partner level - and tend to go unheeded. Microsoft is a different place then when it was the Billg oligarchy and needs to adapt or die. It's too big, and has too important a role yet to play to not repair itself.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Great pay/benefits, work atmosphere, but poor work/life balance

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great salary/benefits. Flexible hours. Professional work atmosphere but people are still friendly. Smart people to work with.

    Cons

    Too much competition internally. Work-life balance was't great - hours can be very long. Product innovation is slowing down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on product innovation and improve work-life balance.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Probably one of the best employers in the world

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    Current Employee - Operations Program Manager in Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Operations Program Manager in Dundee, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    flexible working environment
    opportunities for self development

    Cons

    the size of the company makes it hard to keep up with all the cahnges

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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