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Middle management ennui

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

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

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

- incredible benefits
- large pool of internal jobs/opportunities to choose from
- easy to move from group to group, as long as you're self-directed
- more attuned and accommodating to your family needs

Cons

- growing inertia to make tough management decisions. creates a culture of protection and not screwing up instead of seeking new opportunities
- little regard or reward for people skills, building a cohesive team
- always on-call with work and emails

Advice to Management

Over the past decade, Microsoft has often stated a commitment to building and training management within their ranks. While there are ample opportunities to improve your technical and functional skills, there continues to be an abyss on fostering, building, and valuing people management skills at the company.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (Less than a year)

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

    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 Management

    Get rid of calibration. Merit based reviews.

  2. Helpful (1)

    A bumpy ride

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Design Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Design Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Just go away, and let innovative people take over.

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