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Used to be great but mediocre now

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA

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

Pros

1. Great Impact
2. Good Benefits
3. Generally smart people

Cons

1.Too much politicking
2. People tend to do stuff to get better reviews Vs the right thing

It is always having to worry about the review that bugged me. People generally dont tend to "own" things. Managers have been typically in their roles for more than a few years so they dont have much incentive to grow.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Let Innovative people grow !

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rusting, gold-plated handcuffs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Salary can't be beat.
    Cash cow divisions (office/windows) can have good work/life balance

    Cons

    Review system requires politics/perception-management at all levels to succeed.
    Benefits are eroding, both personal budgets and team morale budgets
    Cash cow divisions (office/windows) have little advancement opportunity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the review system; it is overly based on individual performance instead of team performance, and it requires "stretch goal" achievements that are only achievable with political connections to get anything more than an average review.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work and build a career

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Good benefits and opportunities to grow

    Cons

    Very large company can sometimes make it challenging

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