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many reorgs - learned alot

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

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

great experience
my teams were great to work with

Cons

constant reorgs
lots of politics in pa=lay

Advice to ManagementAdvice

more communication

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Not the place to be if you're seeking to do great things.

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Microsoft is a large organization with significant resources. This affords opportunities to try new things although at times wasteful or to excess.

    Cons

    There are a lot of smart people with good ideas, however those ideas die due to internal politics. As executives work to build kingdoms and amass influence and power, you find that teams work against one another. This internal competition does not benefit the greater good and rather ends with mediocres results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rather than building personal kingdoms, focus on building great products..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Your co-worker is your enemy

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You will get opportunity to change the world. What you do will have big impact. You will get the chance to create something that your friends and family will actually directly use.

    Cons

    First, your co-worker is officially your enemy. Expect to be stabbed in the back. Some will say they will help you and tell everyone else how much they are helping you, but then will actually do barely any actual work to deliberately undermine you. Other people will talk badly about you. Others will take credit for your work, possibly your own manager. Most people are good honest folks, but watch out for the bad ones. Especially be watchful for managers who were forced to get themselves promoted out of whatever it was they originally did very well. This is well beyond the normal level of office politics. Your first years will seem great but problems compound over time.

    This is a result 3 things:
    1. The performance review system is a forced curve. 10% of all employees will be graded at the bottom rung and put on "probation" or "corrective measures". Thus, if you do well but are on a team of 10 great employees, you will be in the bottom 10%.
    2. You must move up the corporate ladder ("you are expected to grow"). Otherwise, you will be forced out of the company. Even if you are incredible at what you do and love it, you must move up (ex: great SDETs must become managers, sometimes lousy managers).
    3. Promotion velocity: if you don't move up the corporate ladder fast enough, you will soon become unpromotable regardless of how well you perform.

    Second, technical ability is not valued as much as management ability. If you love to code, expect to find less and less time to code as you do more management of either other full-time employees and/or contractors and/or vendors. Contractors and vendors do much of the technical work these days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to fix the review system so that teams function as teams. However, there is no point in saying this since, as Microsoft would say, inter-employee competition "is in their DNA."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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