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Disappointed with the work culture

Former Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

Pros

* Good salary, sign-on stock bonus
* Good health benefits, not so good anymore
* Brilliant co-workers

Cons

* Extremely aggressive culture
* Groupism, tendency to not let new people in

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Change the performance review system to encourage co-operation and knowledge sharing among employees. Manager needs to ensure that the team attitude towards new employees should be one of inclusion, make it easy for them to adapt to the new product, teammates, processes at Microsoft.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work with great people but be prepared to endure absurd bureaucracy and internally wasted time.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Benefits are stellar and you can advance if you play the politics based on your management chain's rules.

    Cons

    Way too much focus on internally-facing activities that don't benefit customers, increase revenue or help you beat competitors

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great company, great people unfortunately under weak leadership

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for 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
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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