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Rewarding, challenging and for your career you get out what you put in.

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Service Engineer in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Service Engineer in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Access to technology at scales and budgets that are really big. Flexibility and freedom to manage your own work. You can have impact and build great things that impact people's lives. Compensation is fairly good, but you won't be driving the Ferrari unless you are highly compensated partner level VP (I.e. not an average engineer that actually writes code and develops software). Benefits are pretty good, but if you are younger and no family you don't really exercise them and option for higher comp would be appreciated instead. The technology and engineering discipline are fun and challenging and there are many great minds to learn from.

Cons

Once you are inside the ms bubble, you have 3 numbers: employee ID, stock level and review score. The rest of your life is tied to these arbitrary numbers. It is in your best interest to get hired in at highest stock level possible. In practice, stock level will dictate your base salary and stock awards while review score (1 thru 5 with 1 the highest) dictates bonus and usually promo. The review system of "stack rank" promotes disunity, dysfunction and discord. It is a cancer. Think hunger games. By the way I get 1's consistently and I still feel awful for the others that worked harder (but not smarter) than me. Your direct "lead" is useless, with no management training or accountability your lead feels lie a peer instead of a mentor. You must actively seek out mentors on your own. Career advancement is slow and not always in your control. You could have a great year and get a 1 but be told that you haven't been in your current level long enough. So, go kick butt for another year and hope for Pomo next time. 2 years in your level is considered pretty good. Again, make sure you start as high as possible, it takes a while to climb that ladder!

Advice to Management

Get a clear concise message for the strategy of the company to rally the troops and engage the customer. Stop chasing rivals and understand the answer to this question: what is microsoft's core competency?

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Advertising Account Executive

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and sense of belonging

    Cons

    Too easy to work when not at work. STACK RANKING

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. Helpful (2)

    The glory days are long over

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Decent healthcare benefits that are free (for now). Even these have deteriorated in the last few years and the slide will continue - Really smart people at least in individual contributor role - Free soda (if you are into that)

    Cons

    - Terrible review system based on rank and yank. Kills morale completely and leaves no incentive to work as a team. In fact we spend better parts of the year trying to sabotage and upstage other team members. - incompetent management. In the decade I have been here the ranks of group managers, directors and senior directors have grown exponentially slowing any project to a crawl. These "senior leaders" are so clueless that you wonder how they even got into this role. - Non-existent work life balance. There is crushing and unrealistic pressure to deliver from upper management which itself appears immune to any accountability. 60-70 hour weeks are a given...and that's just to stay afloat. - Redmond centric culture. There are almost zero opportunities for people outside of Redmond and if you are in the field and reporting to a manager in Redmond...start counting your days before you are ranked and yanked. - Too much focus on PowerPoints, excel spreadsheets and meeting numbers. Cost cutting is an epidemic...if you are Level 63 or above...you are at risk. The goal set by KT is to eliminate these "higher paying" positions and backfill with fresh, college hires which are cheaper.

    Advice to Management

    There's nothing management can do here....it's a culture thing and unless Microsoft is completely gutted of the Accenture, IBM and Walmart types...it's just a slow descent into irrelevancy.


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