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Good base and benefits - But...

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Current Employee - Account Manager  in  New York, NY
Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

Pros

Healthcare, Base Salary, flexible work outside the office.

Cons

Too big and inefficient, review process results in the loss of very strong employees who had one bad year OR did very well but someone did a little better.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get rid of calibration. Merit based reviews.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stack ranking doesn't reward innovation

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

    Pros

    Microsoft has some of the smartest people I have ever worked with. They have great technical challenges and I always had enough hardware and software resources to do my job.

    Cons

    The work culture is competitive to a fault. The forced stack-ranking causes behaviors that undermine a collaborative innovative environment. Every manager that tried to work around the system was replaced. Most employees move around the company regularly and engineers who try to become deep experts are penalized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate stack ranking. Reward pure innovation. Invest in individuals growth and encourage deep expertise..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A bumpy ride

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Design Engineer  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Design Engineer in Redmond, WA

    Pros

    Good money, some places have very interesting work, but one has to look hard for them. You get to work with some incredibly smart people, and affect lives of millions. Or at least that's how it used to be.

    Cons

    Politics. Suddenly the whole team goes down the drain, and you have to jump off really fast if you don't want to get stuck in sewer for a long time.
    Compensation is getting less and less competitive with time.
    Upper management is not very bright or competent, everything worthy is done despite them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just go away, and let innovative people take over.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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