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

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

Pros

Brilliant people, amazing energy and focus on excellence at every level. Vision and mission transmitted reasonably clearly. Fairly non hierarchical (compared to other companies) this is not always appreciated. People have amazing heart and passion - a close family. Great products, and a work environment that encourages and stimulates individual excellence and creates opportunities to make an incredible difference in the world.

Cons

Pressure to succeed super high. Work life balance difficult - you are always on. Cross group collaboration often challenging. Hard to move up and secure promotion. In my opinion, 'Senior managers' (director and above) were too focused 'managing up' and not developing and investing time in their own teams

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Ask people who have been with the company more than 15 years to leave their jobs and join a think tank of creators and inventors. Let new blood in - too many people (some at very senior levels) are staying on for the wrong reasons.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great learning experience

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Good tools that help with the day-to-day, sometimes they break and it's painful, but still a lot better than not having them.
    Private offices, which are nice if you just want to be heads-down and get work done.
    Lots of really smart people, from which you can always learn something new.

    Cons

    Long hours.
    Very political environment, a lot of middle management.
    Most times "How it looks" or the "Team Stats" are more important than doing the right thing for users or the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote better managers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Microsoft is a great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    You get to work with some of the best and brightest on the newest technologizes. You are always challenged and learning new things. If you are bored it's your own fault.

    Cons

    It is a very fast paced, competative and demanding environment. It can be very difficult for some people to thrive in this type of environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The emphasis on competition can be counter-productive. Very good people wind up getting lower review scores to make the curve work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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