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Very smart people, but too much internal friction means wasted potential

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

Work with the best and brightest
Excellent benefits, pretty good pay
Work-life balance is generally good
Redmond/Bellevue is a great place to live for families
Potential to impact a lot of people with your work

Cons

Huge amount of internal friction at all levels - people working at cross-purposes
Review system can put even solid employees in bad spots and contributes to the above
Pay is very good, but no longer the best in the industry
The best employees are slowly leaving the company

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Learn to work together (at all levels) - encourage collaboration
Focus on a few big bets, not on boiling the sea
Fix the review system so that it doesn't provide perverse incentives
Stop the too-frequent restructuring and re-organizing efforts - they are too disruptive

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Product Mgr

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    Current Employee - Partner Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Partner Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good working experience
    Great resume builder

    Cons

    Overly political
    Marketing group is currently a mess

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Wasted Potential

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Was a good company when I joined in '99 with good benefits and slightly above average pay.

    Cons

    Years of favoritism, poor management and failing to recognize good employees from sycophants left the company a shell of its former self.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a good seat for the inevitable decline - but don't worry, you will still get paid for ineptitude while having your ass kissed by your fellow managers who surprisingly think Just - Like - You!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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