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Your manager owns your

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

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

Pros

- Good compensation & benefits.
- Looks good in the resume

Cons

- You manager has TOTAL control over your destiny, and that includes you future career opportunities within MS, your work/life balance, and virtually everything must be aproved by your manager. It totally up to them to rate you, regardless of your previous ratings. It's up to them to decide that you'r late, even if you're ahead anyone else with your work. The stack review system made it clear where the boundary is for people to turn into a**holes.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Democratize the culture. Giving too much power to the immediate manager will only drive people away of your company, especially the ones that have other options and don't have trouble finding a new job.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Great talent but leadership and culture are road blocks

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    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    2007

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    great benefits, intellectual capital, engaging work atmosphere

    Cons

    difficult to grow, cross-group collaboration challenges and slow career trajectory in Redmond

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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