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Place to Shine, Place to Crash and Burn

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

I worked at Microsoft full-time (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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    What once was great is no more

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good - used to be better, but still good in comparison
    Some good groups and technology still exists - but you have to look hard

    Cons

    Very Political - over the last couple of years it's become a very competitive place to work. This is driven by a change to their stack ranking review system which is designed to eliminate 20% of their workforce over time. It's more like a layoff model.

    Having MS on your resume is now a negative - especially to start-ups

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the review model - it's unfair, encourages backstabbing overall low morale
    Hire a new CEO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Everything in the 2012 Vanity Fare article was spot on

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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