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Great place to work with lots of opportunity

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Product Planner in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Product Planner in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

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

Pros

Easy to move around and work on different products, learn new skills, etc. Best health benefits I've heard of. Great work life balance - not many people are actually working more than 40 hours/week when it comes down to it.

Cons

The company feels stagnant, the days of stock making millionaires is long gone. Not entrepreneurial at all, you are a number.

Advice to Management

Stop chasing tail lights.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good Company but not for everyone

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation and even better health benefits There are a lot of opportunities if you want to change jobs

    Cons

    Poor work life balance - to have the best success you have to be willing to put in more than 60 hours a week. Can be very bureaucratic; does not do cross-group collaboration well. Very Siloed. The performance review process encourages showboating and competition rather than team work. There is a culture that focuses on innovation and moving quickly that often leads to an oversight of the details (which leads to a lack of proper documentation, poor processes, and surprisingly poor internal systems).


  2. Helpful (2)

    Lower Your Expectations

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are fairly good. Fun to play with the technology (dog food).

    Cons

    Most of executive finance management is mediocre at best; very self-protective. Can't tell upper management the truth. Way too much dilution from inexperienced hires in management ranks. There is not a real performance management system. Not a lot of capability. Too many experienced people leave or are pushed out. Published values are not reality on the inside.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of most management from director on up. Start with a clean slate and build real capability. Learn to do things right and eliminate the culture of mediocrity where everyone wins a trophy.


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