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hit it and quit it

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Former Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Valuable political and product design skills that will serve you well as long as they don't poison the culture at future employers. Stay there long enough to get a promotion or two, see how a big company ships large complicated pieces of software then leave.

Cons

There is no company mission except make more money. Career management basically means developing a useless skill of positioning yourself to have "visibility" and "impact". Especially pronounced at GPM or equivalent level.

If you're in the big groups (Windows/Office/STB), the build systems knowledge doesn't carry over very well. They use a hacked up version of perforce for source control and branching and integration is extremely expensive. Continuous integration simply isn't feasible yet on a system of that size (though private builds and replacing individual DLLs at certain layers is possible).

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Doesn't Recommend
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Disapproves of CEO

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    MS is broken

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Dallas, TX

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

    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

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

    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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