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Great company to work for

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Microsoft

Pros

Diverse workforce and product portfolio. Movement within the company means you can always find something "new" to do. Excellent benefits even as they've been curtailed over the years.

Cons

In the dwindling minority of Fortune 500 companies that still subscribe to Jack Welch's "Rank and Yank" review system.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    The only thing good is the money

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director
    Former Employee - Marketing Director

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Microsoft pays very well - at least at first. There are not other pros.

    Cons

    Culture - one of the most poisonous working environments I have ever encountered. Highly political. Completely NON transparent. Wasteful. And very UNproductive.
    Opportunity - almost none. Research and some of the engineering teams get to work on cools things but there is fat chance they will ever see the light of day. Everyone else is working on propping up the stinking edifice.
    Job satisfaction. None.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of stack ranking. Fire every single person at the VP and GM level and make them prove they actually did something positive if they want their job back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Crapshoot Based on your Team

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are obvious benefits to working at Microsoft. If you can hit your targets, you can make a good deal of money. They offer a fairly decent benefit structure and base pay as well, and one can't help but notice the name of a monstrous entity like that on your resume. If you're willing to work, you're going to get paid- simple as that.

    Cons

    The problem is that it's a total crapshoot when it comes to your team and your manager. If you get a good team and manager, you could easily love your position, as it makes all the difference. If you're stuck with a shoddy group, not only are you not going anywhere, but you'll constantly be floored by the amount of back-door politics and backstabbing that takes place. It's about who you know, not what you are capable of, and after the new job sheen wares off it can be very dissatisfying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We're not numbers! Not everything fits into quantifiable statistics, and not everyone who hits those metrics deserve the accolades they receive. It's about quality of work, not quantity. You could easily contribute to the business in varying ways and at the end of the year be kicked out because you 'didn't meet expectations.'

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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