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

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

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Great people to work with and great range of products to work on.
Great compensation package - right on par w/ MS chief competitors.
Great quality of life, especially in Seattle locations.
Everyone has a voice.

Cons

Too much consensus building and not enough visionary leadership.
Despite a strictly enforced stack rank review system it takes too long to get rid of poor performers and the collateral damage from the stack rank is hard on morale.

Advice to Management

Make bigger bets on empowered leaders who have the vision to get things done.
Keep working on improving that review system.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    huge variety of stuff to work on, where else can you work on a desktop OS, then switch to a phone, console, productivity app or online service? stable company, good managers, empowered employees, transparent decision mechanism (at least in my group, this varies by division)

    Cons

    it is a big company, need to work on your visibility, just focusing on your base job is not enough. There is some politics between divisions or groups. The annual review system with the forced curve means that good employees in a strong team can get bad reviews.

    Advice to Management

    get rid of the forced curve!

  2. Rest and Vest (club med)

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    what can i say, get in the company and youre set for life.

    Cons

    comes at a price of not having too much exposure to the "business"

    Advice to Management

    lets make that stock move!!

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