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Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Copenhagen (Denmark)
Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Copenhagen (Denmark)

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

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

Pros

Driven company with very few wage slaves. Most people want to work there

Cons

stack ranking process is awful. The people who spend the most time fighting for visibility do the best, not the people who are best at their jobs

Advice to Management

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    Terribly disappointing experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Hyderābād (India)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    The buildings are great and landscaping is well maintained.

    Cons

    The company is right now nothing but a well decorated trash can. From the outside the look is superb but from the inside it is completely rotten. Place is super rife with politics and unless you can play the political game well you will not even get a decent review. Place is filled with managers who want to just save their jobs and care a hoot about everything else. The vanity fair article "Microsoft's lost decade" captures the dismal state of the company very accurately. In fact Redmond operations are still better, the Indian operations are way too worse. No VP cares about the Indian operations and the managers here are having a gala time for the past 10 years taking up only useless projects which are easy to deliver and help them to keep their jobs.

    There is absolutely zero career growth for anyone and there are people at age 44 and above stuck at development lead levels. Now these people have gotten so accustomed to this culture that they neither want to move from their positions nor wish to create space for anyone else. Also they take out their career related frustrations on their sub-ordinates. A manager's word is final in a review process and there is no way you can contest it.

    Everything is top down and there is zero scope for bottom up innovation. I was absolutely amazed when I took some new ideas to my development manager and he said he was too old to connect with such latest ideas connecting new technologies in the market. I never went to him with another idea and resigned from my job.

    All this internal churn is definitely showing up with lackluster releases (read win 8) and failed product lines (tablets, phones). In fact when I joined the company, IE was the market leader with > 90% share of the browser market. Now it is a shame that Chrome has overtaken it in the browser game. The company is as usual surviving on Office and Enterprise. A day someone hits the office suite, Microsoft's game is over.

    Advice to Management

    Mr. Ballmer if you have any decency left in you, please step down. You and your incompetent subordinates are ruining the company.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great for some

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    So much money - great benefits, good salaries and plenty of ability to do nothing at all.

    Cons

    Can be boring as hell.


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