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Technically fulfilling, a great work environment, but not for someone who likes to stand out in a crowd

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Former Employee - Data Platform Technology Specialist in Philadelphia, PA
Former Employee - Data Platform Technology Specialist in Philadelphia, PA

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

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Technology everywhere, always changing and a fun place to work

Cons

Poor management, bad decisions at upper levels

Advice to Management

Invest early in emerging technologies and work better with non-MSFT technologies

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Root of all evil = Performance Review Model

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Sharp individual contributors, but all the good and hones ones (i.e. who don't play dirty political games) quit.

    Cons

    1) the worst performance review model ... ever! Encourages competition and backstabbing, not collaboration and a healthy team environment.
    2) Deteriorating health benefits
    3) Flat stock
    4) Poor work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    stop living in political circles, either in or out (i.e. be more inclusive and accpeting of other management styles and techniquest). If that's not an option for you old geazers, then get out!

  2. Helpful (1)

    Director

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    Current Employee - Director - BI in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director - BI in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    High IQ teams
    Great benefits
    Enormous opportunity to scale

    Cons

    Bureaucratic
    Lack of vision and leadership
    Incompetent HR
    Innovation gets low priority

    Advice to Management

    Rest an Vest attitude.
    Glass ceiling for women at leadership level.
    Service not valued by the company leadership.
    Need to stop waiting for the wheels to squeak before fixing.
    Multi year funding is a must

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