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Manager Owns Your Career

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Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Dallas, TX
Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Dallas, TX

I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Microsoft has Great Pay and Health Benefits. You get to work with technical smart people and get to work with the latest Microsoft software and technologies.

Cons

Horrible review system. Demoralizing to the workforce. Compete and backstab your own coworkers. Everything is great until you get a manager who you are not buddies with.

Advice to Management

Get rid of stack ranking and meeting the curve. Stop cutting great benefits and getting rid of older employees with years of experience.

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Good salary and benefits.
    - Good opportunity to learn about how large-scale software is built.
    - Puget Sound is a great place to live, very green, beautiful lakes around.
    - Good opportunity to learn about code written during the "glory days" that shaped today's history of computing.

    Cons

    - Very political.
    - Unskilled people all over the place, can be frustrating at times.
    - Overall people have low morale.

    Advice to Management

    Not much.

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    Great opportunity to hone skills which I had to take elsewhere to earn more money

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    Former Employee - Operations Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Operations Program Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company provides global opportunities for those looking to have broad experiences with colleagues across multiple cultures (and multiple time zones), and the opportunities to move laterally into other organizations to round out your professional skill set.

    Cons

    What they won't tell you when you are interviewing is how limiting their level structure can be if you hire in at a level that is lower than your full experience could command. When you go to make a lateral move, you will only be considered within your level band regardless of your capability and experience. You can reasonably expect to be promoted to a higher level each 1-3 years if you are a strong performer but you cannot make a move to a new position in order to move up a level.

    Advice to Management

    The ranking structure (forced distribution) fosters bad behavior, and takes as an assumption that any particular pool of employees contains a reasonable percentage of people that need to be managed out. People understandably spend time covering their own best interests at the expense of synergies, economies and the needs of Microsoft's customers.

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