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Good stable company

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Microsoft

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Lots of choices for teams to work in.

Cons

Too big and slow, hard to get visibility. Right manager means everything.

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  1. 15 years of planning and strategy

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    there are great people to work with.
    they give you good resources
    there is decent pay incentives

    Cons

    Very competitive
    A culture that you have to be seen...so have to be in the office
    Not decision driven

    Advice to Management

    Your folks know what needs to be done. Let them go and do it.
    Redo your bell curve to make sure to include cooperation and support.

  2. Not great, not terrible...okay for now

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Premier Support
    Current Employee - Premier Support

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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!

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