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Microsoft is one large ship

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Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Microsoft is a great learning environment and place to build critical business management skills, especially across v-teams. You generally get what you put into the role and there is a willingness to support employees with personal growth in education and leadership opportunities.

Cons

The calibration system on a curve does not motivate managers to build great teams. It actually forces employees to compete against each other which does not build strong teams. They need less product pushing and more storytelling from the customer's point of view.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If you have all A players and have to consistently give high performers bad scores just because you have to have someone at the bottom, then the you will lose great talent.

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Neutral Outlook
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    A great 'choose your own adventure' company

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Director in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Director in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I've been at Microsoft for 7 years and the thing that is best about it is that it is truly 'choose your own adventure'. There is great freedom to choose a path whether it is by function (changing from product to marketing to sales) to career trajectory (be the next VP, choose a slower growth, aim for work/life balance), etc.

    Cons

    It has all of the typical challenges of a large company - difficulty in making decisions. In addition, Microsoft is just learning how to coordinating across divisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work if it aligns with your career goals.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources, career mobility and strong investments in employee development. Product quality is high, pricing and policies are transparent. Limited travel in most roles is good for family life.

    Cons

    Low innovation value for customers. Intensely political and bureaucratic. Not a great culture for professional sales people. The company is focused on technology, not customers. The senior management has been there too long. They need a new crop of leaders who are willing to overthrow the old orthodoxy in favor of a new, customer-centric path of innovative products.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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