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It's what you make of it

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Current Employee - Senior Design Strategist in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Design Strategist in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

Vast career opportunities - more so in Redmond, but increasingly worldwide

Cons

Cross-divisional work is getting better, but still in need of improvement

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Drive agility. Be bold. Think people first.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Not great, not terrible...okay for now

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    Current Employee - Premier Support
    Current Employee - Premier Support

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

    Pros

    Competitive Salary when comparing similar positions.

    Healthcare is still good with new changes.

    Can control your work/life balance with careful planning.

    Great people to work with; product development teams always willing to help.

    Cons

    Review system needs a revamp. It is one big, every moving bell curve. You're rewarded based on management visibility vs. quality of work.

    Reward system/ranking is completely subjective. You don't know where you stand until it is too late. Not rewarded for innovation or doing your job. Not enough objectivity.

    People only worried about calibtraton and where they fall vs. what to do to make the company better!

    Extremely political. You definitely need to know the right people to advance! Need to know the rules of the game to succeed.

    Climbing the ladder is all about who you know and if they like you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put in a better review system. Good people leaving based on being poorly ranked. Stack rankining employees will not lead to company success. Reward innovation!

    Always put the customer first and listen vs. what you think the customer wants.

    Rethink what makes a good leader. Hint: being female does not equal great leader!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great employer, but not a high-flying market leader

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, reasonable working hours, plenty of career growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Corporate culture dominated by lifetime employees and often has no bearing on reality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the drastic change to become a cloud player. This will also change the corporate culture and put us back in a fighting position rather than a complacent market leader.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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