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Great for 16 years, awful for one.

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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.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Company is changing

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Rampant Sociopathy

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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