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Decent.. but not perfect

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Current Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redmond, WA

Pros

My coworkers are great - really smart and fun - we work hard and play hard. They have given us some great access to products at low or no costs. Dog fooding the latest and greatest software is pretty great and I would miss that if I left.

Cons

The review process is the worst - it creates a culture of mistrust and fierce, unhealthy competition amongst peers. There seems to be a push to get rid of long term employees, that have always been great performers, in order to "save money" since they make too much after being around for so long. The sales side is now getting horrible reviews (4 or 5) if they don't make 100% of quota and leaving for the competition.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Change the review model!!!

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    MS is broken

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    Great people to work with, company has vast resources, work / life balance is acceptable

    Cons

    insular, internally focused, culture is one of complacency. Inept management all the way to the top, poor review system, one is judged by how well the political game is played, not by work done or accomplishments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no faith or belief that any in my management chain knows what they are doing - time to shake it up at all levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    General Manager

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    Current Employee - General Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - General Manager in Seattle, WA

    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
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