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You're career will crash due to the old school culture

Senior Program Manager (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

Pros1) PAY - Decent pay if you fight for it up front, don't accept the first offer - there is always a contingent offer.
2) FITNESS - 2013 $800 reimbursement for health and fitness related memberships, equipment (i.e. bike/helmet, snowboard, ski's, boots/bindings, versa climber, weight sets, benches, racks, etc.).

Cons1) CULTURE - Vicious culture if not part of your organization's "club"; do not give constructive feedback (see Cons #2), HR will always back management.
2) FORCED RANKING - Forced ranking system (1 - 5); simplified - if you work in a group which has 5 people in your grade band, and all of you kick butt, one will get a score of 1 (or 1+), one a (2), one a (3), one a (4), one a (5 - you suck and are out the door); this is forced ranking, plus the ranking is done before you submit your self-assessment; you are ranked on what your perceived performance is, not actual - essentially, if you are popular with your organization's managers (i.e. part of the club), you will always have a decent to high review score.
3) WORK LOAD - Be perpared to do the actual work of two people by the end of your second year; more than two if you have breadth of abilities; this is due to systemically poor planning and forecasting approaches utilized YoY - why? rock the boat and you'll get slapped with a 4 or 5 rating.
4) WORK/LIFE BALANCE - Only in your first year if you are lucky; good ole boys club members usually have decent work/life balance; MSFT follows the sun, so working across timezones is expected, weekends and holidays for some as well.
5) HEALTH PLAN - The cadillac health plan is a thing of the past and 2013 brings a standard set of limited health plan options, with annual deductables and co-pays. CPO leveraged Obamacare to effect a very significant employee healthcare cost reduction roadmap; high benefit to the CPO's review rating and associated financial benefits at the cost of almost 100,000 "valued" employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementA positive, sweeping corporate transformation, and true rebranding is required or sharholder value will always stay in the $20's and low $30's.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Great talent but leadership and culture are road blocks

    Director (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros: Great Talent Good Benefits If you like technology, it is cutting edge Pay is average but benefits makes up Very driven work environment… Cons: Marketing and Business side is short term focused Metrics are short term focused Culture is highly political "What can you do for me today" Up or Out… Advice to Senior Management: Change the culture - get a new Chief Operating Officer who cares about technology and get a new… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Know your criteria, constraints and career objectives before you commit.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    I worked at Microsoft for more than 5 years

    Pros: Benefits, notably Insurance coverage Learning resources, especially for those early in… Cons: There are still differences in organizational culture from group to group inside of Microsoft. Unfortunately this healthy heterogeneity is disappearing, and the trend is movement… Advice to Senior Management: Proactively validate, recognize and resolve risks to the future of the company. Find the courage to identify and eliminate behaviors founded on self-serving preservation, and… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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