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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)

Pros

Technology everywhere, always changing and a fun place to work

Cons

Poor management, bad decisions at upper levels

Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Once a great company, but on the decline

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    Current Employee - General Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - General Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Smart and creative people
    Lots of assets - if used together can build amazing products
    At moments you can still find brilliance and passion (although getting more rare every day)
    Competitive pay and vacation.
    Would have said great benefits too but they have been significantly reduced and complicated in 2013.

    Cons

    Lack of strategy and strong leadership across the company. Leaders are more interested in being individual heroes rather than defining, setting context and guiding execution of strategic initiatives.

    Competitive, internally focused review model causes bad politics, back-stabbing and general lack of collaboration and teamwork

    Reluctance to take risks and innovate due to short-term politically focused review model.

    Functional organization model causes endless meetings and lack of customer and product focus. Way too many people have to be in every discussion and there is no empowerment or ownership of decisions.

    Would have given the company 5 stars years ago and have hoped it could return to its more passionate, innovative and empowering days, but it is on a decline in most ways - talent, products and leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in a new CEO and presidents, define strategy and reset culture
    Replace the review model with one that rewards team work and is not internally competitive.
    Return to an organizational model around businesses and products and not functions, empower leaders and hold them accountable for business results

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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