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Some of the best people I worked with. But also some of the more misguided products I worked on.

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Former Employee - Program Manager II  in  Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

great people (but not always)
plenty of products (but not always an opportunity to work on what you like)
experience
salary
Seattle/Bellevue/Redmond area
learning

Cons

progress sometimes is slow due to company/team size
not always easy to find a good team

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Adopt new methodologies to stimulate disruptive products

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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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 for 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
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great benefits, Great Industry, Challenging Work Environment

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Progressive company, leading technology, passionate employees, a lot of room for career growth and expansion.

    Cons

    Hyper competitive company culture that is not conducive to collaboration and team work. Annual stack ranking philosophy can result in moving good people out of teams/departments, thus shifting team momentum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee retention is key. Focus programs on employee longevity, collaboration and cross functional cooperation. Microsoft has amazing talent that is often under utilized.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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