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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

I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

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.

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    Great company, great people unfortunately under weak leadership

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    - If you don't know what you like to work on, Microsoft is a great company to explore various technology domains from operating systems to mobile advertising. Tremendous flexibility in switching between the teams
    - Awesome pay, benefits and work life balance
    - Relatively flexible company policy to switch disciplines, from test engineer to develop, from program manager to product marketer

    Cons

    - Not for people who like fast pace and dynamic work environment. Too many processes, too many decision makers, too many layers of talkative managers
    - Depending on the organization, might be very political and territorial
    - In my opinion, too many people with no clear contribution to the company. Too many folks roaming, cruising and has settled
    - Weak leadership from middle managers to higher up. Wrong people in wrong places that slows innovation down

    Recommends
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    Disapproves of CEO
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    Stagnent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Use to have great health insurance - Changed in 2013 to a major pay cut

    Cons

    Re-org will not fix the problems.
    Work life balance is no longer acceptable, work more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to new blood

    Disapproves of CEO
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