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Microsoft = "Corporate Torture"

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  • Career Opportunities
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 a year)

Pros

Good, smart people to work with.
Highly competitive environment.
Plenty of opportunity for advancement all over the world

Cons

Repeated illegal attacks on its own employees - Discrimination and Retaliation are common management practices
Violations of Title VII and the Fair Employment Housing Act
Dishonest HR department
Corruption still exists in many departments for financial crimes and antitrust violations

Advice to ManagementAdvice

HR needs new leadership - social engineering experiment isn't working.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
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  1. 3 people found this helpful

    Environment strongly depends on team.

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    Former Employee - Software Design Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Design Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Chance to work with quite a few intelligent people.
    Wide range of technologies to work on.
    Relatively fair salary and great benefits.

    Cons

    Terrible philosophy on performance management - survival of the fittest, enforced performance curve with periodic cleansing, where the tail of the curve must leave the company, and most of the other get unfair reward. As a result people compete with each other and not with other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change performance management system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Career focus outweighs customer focus, but pockets of great culture

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    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Brilliant people, mature process, agility within the company to move positions, disciplines and jobs, world class training opportunities

    Cons

    Broken review system; employees are encouraged more to manage perception and focus more on "what can make me look good" rather than being encouraged to focus on building world class customer experiences. Too much time spent worrying about prettying up presentations to appease senior management and not enough time spent by the same senior management to keep a pulse on organizational health.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What made Microsoft one of the best places in the world to work was the knowledge and passion of it's people. Nobody says while growing up "someday I want to create slide decks that delight senior management." Stop making excuses around the review system and stop handing out reviews that are not accurate because you are too lazy to do proper diligence around your organization's individuals actual impact. Pull your head out of Excel enough to recognize and hold your leaders accountable to established Microsoft core competencies. They are the best in any company in the world; should you choose not to ignore them yourself. Don't believe what your own marketing tells you about your products and seek truth based on your customer's opinions.

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    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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