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Always something to learn, and always something to ship

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

Working with a lot of smart people from a lot of different cultural backgrounds. Designers now have a stake at the table and are approving end user features in many teams/groups. People there want to make a difference in the world - it's not about greed or getting a feature out the door. Teams are really thinking about the customer more and more these days. Great work life balance.

Cons

There are so many different moving parts and groups, it can be hard to find the "right" team and project where you feel like you are making a difference. It's common to have people get there and stay, so there are a lot more principals running around these days. So much of what you need to get done requires dependencies on other teams which can sometimes lead to projects not finishing because your P1 feature was a P2 for the other (and bigger) team.

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    Microsoft Premier Support

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    Current Employee - Premier Support in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Premier Support in New York, NY

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    independent work schedule, work/life balance under your own control

    Cons

    ultra-intense political management environment. all management in premier services very political and play favorites - not a level playing field by any stretch. toxic culture if you don't tow the "daily" line. middle management clueless about day to day operations/challenges. metrics change weekly and no long term focus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    grow up, stop playing favorites and share the opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great benefits... until 2013

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Huge diversity of projects to work on.

    Cons

    Beauracracy and politics can get in the way. Management tries to claim this isn't a problem or that they are doing things about it,but they are never effective.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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