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Great company with management that doesn't listen

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Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Bellevue, WA
Current Employee - Program Manager in Bellevue, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

Pros

Great company name. Great benefits.Some part of the company are working on some really cool things.

Cons

Lack of teamwork, it is hard getting management to listen to ideas. Instead of using smart thinking to solve problems the company just throws money at the problem until its fixed.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Start listening to employees. Stop manager from speaking to their management one way and treating the people below them completely different. As a company we need to acknowledge our mistakes not only in consumer business, but internal to the company as well. Employee morale has been on a free fall.

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Free soda, coffee and parking. Bonus structure is good if you can get ranked well.

    Cons

    Inefficient, wasteful of company dollars, redundancy all over, immature organizations, back biting for the bonus, penalized for helping struggling employees (don't reach out a helping hand), steal others work and present it as your own, subjective review process, calibration is a farce (it has no relevance to your contributions), load yourself up with vendors so they can do your work and you will get more time to network with higher levels and take the vendors work as your own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can't even begin to start this section. Clean up your act or Microsoft will be stuck with those employees who have questionable work ethics and morals. The only reason why you are still doing business is due to the foundation products you are riding on historically. Deep pockets are allowing you to make self serving decisions that are NOT in the interest of MS. Competitors are going to take you out of the market if you can't mature and run like a real enterprise business. The old IPO mentality is long gone folks. You need the company to come together as ONE, not little mini companies competing. There is strength in numbers, collaboration and solving for the company's future. We aren't in the 70's anymore. Jump to the future of your business needs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Account Manager - Online Advertising

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    Current Employee - Account Manager - Online Display  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager - Online Display in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    Big ship - not going bankrupt anytime soon.
    Smart, cool, diverse people.
    Flexible schedules and outstanding benefits.
    Some cool products - like XBOX.
    Very philanthropic - supports the charities you donate to.

    The overall company has lots of opportunities - which is great. You could be an accountant in France, and set a goal of doing software sales in China, and Microsoft can help make that happen.

    Cons

    This review is specific to the online advertising account management (services) organization.

    Poor upper management with a dictatorship style. Lots of ego. People in leadership positions with poor people leader skills. Fear based motivation.
    Spend more time managing your brand and your review score than you do managing the business and doing your job.
    Reviews are based on a forced distribution, and people are stacked ranked, period. Meaning, everyone could perform really well, but the review curve will force 10% of employees to get a poor review, and likely the ax.
    Antiquated and awful internal tools. Heavy process and red tape.
    Disjointed business groups with lack of accountability and follow through.
    Heavy workloads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Happy customers come from happy employees. Treat employees better, and fairly. Improve work life balance. Make people feel valued and part of the team. Get rid of the outdated method of forced curve reviews and stack ranking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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