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Best place I have worked at

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Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Salary
Benefits
Peers - very intelligent
Career paths

Cons

There is no check/balance to ensure you and your manager are compatible

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Do a better job sharing the company's vision to the rest of the company
Better marketing is necessary
Target consumers more

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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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 (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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Rampant Sociopathy

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    Impressive online reference library & lots of opportunities to learn; decent cafeteria; benefits; bonuses (depending on job)

    Cons

    Unlimited access to processed foods; not enough workspace; disjointed teams; the org is too big, so people don't know who does what outside of immediate team (sometimes true even within team); lots of overtime; lots of manipulation; lots of hiring contractors cheaply and then treating them poorly; once overheard senior management refer to a problem as "gay"; lack of professionalism in many areas...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't know where to begin. Everyone is a manager or a manager or a manager or a director of managers... The structure is a chain of scapegoats. Maybe this... please don't do cocaine. It's really bad for your health and has a huge impact on the people you live and work with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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