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Once a great company, but on the decline

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Current Employee - General Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - General Manager in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Smart and creative people
Lots of assets - if used together can build amazing products
At moments you can still find brilliance and passion (although getting more rare every day)
Competitive pay and vacation.
Would have said great benefits too but they have been significantly reduced and complicated in 2013.

Cons

Lack of strategy and strong leadership across the company. Leaders are more interested in being individual heroes rather than defining, setting context and guiding execution of strategic initiatives.

Competitive, internally focused review model causes bad politics, back-stabbing and general lack of collaboration and teamwork

Reluctance to take risks and innovate due to short-term politically focused review model.

Functional organization model causes endless meetings and lack of customer and product focus. Way too many people have to be in every discussion and there is no empowerment or ownership of decisions.

Would have given the company 5 stars years ago and have hoped it could return to its more passionate, innovative and empowering days, but it is on a decline in most ways - talent, products and leadership.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Bring in a new CEO and presidents, define strategy and reset culture
Replace the review model with one that rewards team work and is not internally competitive.
Return to an organizational model around businesses and products and not functions, empower leaders and hold them accountable for business results

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
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    Director

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

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

    Pros

    High IQ teams
    Great benefits
    Enormous opportunity to scale

    Cons

    Bureaucratic
    Lack of vision and leadership
    Incompetent HR
    Innovation gets low priority

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rest an Vest attitude.
    Glass ceiling for women at leadership level.
    Service not valued by the company leadership.
    Need to stop waiting for the wheels to squeak before fixing.
    Multi year funding is a must

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Inbred leadership accepting of evil

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    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and great benefits with access to amazingly knowledgeable people.
    Great facilities, college campus like setting.

    Cons

    You have to pay the devil to work there. Evil stack ranking. Narcissistic leaders with little to no ethics are far to easy to find. Retribution is practiced regularly. Simply the most political corporate environment I have ever worked in with the lowest regard for ethics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If a leader has no ethics, take them out of leadership.
    Oh,and get rid of Ballmer. What a disaster.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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