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Great talent but leadership and culture are road blocks

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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

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

Pros

Great Talent
Good Benefits
If you like technology, it is cutting edge
Pay is average but benefits makes up
Very driven work environment in you are a techy (development group/QA/etc)
Easy to switch roles and move to different team - lot of internal transfer/growth opportunity

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 HR policies does not allow people who are happy and good at what they are doing to keep doing that successfully
Lot of dead wood - specially in management
In-bred culture - silo view of the world

Advice to Management

Change the culture - get a new Chief Operating Officer who cares about technology and get a new Chief People Officer who care about the culture and how it impacts the company over the long run.

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  1. Best in Seattle

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to make an impact, contribution potential is exceptional. Excellent work-life balance.

    Cons

    We often work, including during off-time. Totem rating is often unfair, as it rewards those with tenure and typically punishes those who are new or not vocal.


  2. Helpful (3)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA

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

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

    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 Management

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


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