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4 people found this helpful  

There is life beyond politics

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Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer  in  Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

Pros

There are lots of opportunities to explore within the same company; each group works like a separate company, which is good if you want to experiment with different technologies.

Cons

There are lots of politics. You will need to learn to navigate through it, or to find a way to avoid it altogether. People that get review are not only the brightest, but also the ones that can best communicate their talent/success.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Manager Owns Your Career

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Dallas, TX

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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