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Company is changing

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Current Employee - Account Technology Specialist (ATS) in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Account Technology Specialist (ATS) in San Francisco, CA

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

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Large, great pay and benefits

Cons

Losing the trust in your employees. Micromanagement is now the standard instead of trust.

Advice to Management

When you hire Sr. people, trust they will do the job and if the numbers are there, let them run with their role.

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    Great for 16 years, awful for one.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    MIcrosoft offered a lot of opportunities

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. Field positions offer great autonomy.

    Cons

    Company culture encourages taking big risks, but if you fail you pay the price. Review system positions co-workers against each other. To succeed too much time is needed to play the political game instead of doing the work. Performance reviews are too heavily weighted on Managers opinions and peer feedback, not on the work. I would not work again in a company that had this type of review system.

    Advice to Management

    Change the review system. It doesn't foster team work.


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