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An odd mix of exhilarating, exciting, and intriguing experiences peppered with frustration by politics and bloated egos.

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Product Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Product Manager in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Wide range of interesting products to work on, lots of opportunity for real impact, plenty of smart people who fuel innovation.

Cons

Too big for its own good, opportunity for impact stifled by bureaucracy and politics, for every smart person... there are plenty of bullheaded, egotistical managers who think they've got it all figured out.

Advice to Management

Get focused on what Microsoft really is about and align your teams so they're not all undermining each other.

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  1. Lots of great people, but large company culture and politics

    Former Employee - Principal Architect in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Principal Architect in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, great products, can have impact on millions of people

    Cons

    Culture has changed, lots of politics and beaurocracy and second guessing


  2. Helpful (2)

    Everything in the 2012 Vanity Fare article was spot on

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

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

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

    Pros

    Redmond WA, location; large company offers the many opportunities to transfer internally, transportation assistance (eg. dedicated bus service from around the Puget Sound area), supplementation of fitness club or fitness gear

    Cons

    Microsoft has lacked leadership innovation since 2000 and has been playing constant catch-up to Apple, Google and others. Continuous re-orgs make it extremely difficult to have a thoughtful career path. There is a culture of getting ahead by stabbing peers in the back. Everything in the 2012 Vanity Fare article "The Lost Decade" was spot on - good read if you are considering Microsoft to know in advance what you are getting into.

    Advice to Management

    It will be difficult and take years to change the current culture, and it needs to start from the top.


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