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

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

Pros

1) 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.).

Cons

1) 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 ManagementAdvice

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

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Cons

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    A company that still has a ton of potential.

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to move to different groups and work on a variety of businesses, organizations and products. Excellent benefits, until this year, and chance to get to know a lot of people. Because the organization moves the needle so often, if you don't like what you are working on or who you're working with - wait 5 minutes!

    Cons

    1. Engineering over indexed to Marketing
    2. Siloed groups that compete with one another, and
    3. Siloed individuals that compete with one another.

    1. One of the teams I was on had a terrific balance between engineering and marketing, however, lately engineers are considered marketers and wow does that not work. There really needs to be a balance between them, but with one central team with a key decision maker.

    2 and 3. There still exists the horrible core lack of cooperation, which will not change while the company insists on stack ranking (even though they swear it isnt') their employees. It just will not happen. The internal competition was something that existed from the early days and still manifests in a workforce that is solely focused on serving themselves, groups that see no value in working together but rather push their redundant product/service down the pipeline just 'because,' and thousands of individuals who are not well supervised, wasting money on initiatives that only meet their own specific committments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Two fold approach: start with people. end with people. I think you might find a lot of what you're so worried about would naturally work itself out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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