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If you are great at sucking up and don't care about results, this is the place for you

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Current Employee - Marketing Director in Redmond, WV
Current Employee - Marketing Director in Redmond, WV

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

Pros

Good compensation (although not worth the pain), medical coverage is good (although VERY high deductible / out of pocket max), gym membership, facilities.

Cons

The culture is the pits! While I get good review scores the stack rankings make little sense. High performing work horses are "rewarded" with more work, while lack luster performers who suck up to management can get the same review scores and compensations and deliver nothing. The rating system is entirely driven by the buddy system, with no regard to merit, results, or how a person interacts with peers or customers.

They a a handful of great executives like the former CMO, but even he was bumped from the CMO position by the former Windows Marketing & Finance VP (now CMO) in the July 2013 re-org. The former CMO had a large part of his group taken away. With the hideous Windows 8 marketing, and disastrous sales even with an enormous marketing budget, this is an excellent example of results not being a factor in who gets ahead.

Microsoft is also very afraid of any employee discrimination litigation. There are several non-performing employees that have been around for years because Microsoft is afraid of a lawsuit if they are let go. If you threaten a lawsuit and get a lawyer involved you can hang around collecting a paycheck for years without doing anything.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Time to change the review system

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Good career opportunities to move within MSFT

    Cons

    Bad review system causes good employees to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Great experience when I started and but the last 8 years have been downhill

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    Current Employee - Group Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Group Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Smart co-workers
    Great Health benefits
    Competitive compensation

    Cons

    Work culture promotes being risk averse - especially mid and senior management
    People compete internally and pin blame on others rather than take accountabliy
    Performance review system is totally broken - you are forced to give 30% of your people a bad rating
    Benefits plans (espeically health) are being reduced and by 2015 they will not be great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the performance review system and reward people for speaking their mind and coming up with innovative ways of fixing problems and finding solutions
    Don't reward risk averse or "cover you *ss") managers
    Don't remove Health benefits and reinvest in the people and their training
    Change the corporate culture from internal competition to internal collaboration
    Manage your business with the customer in mind - not the bottom line or your internal org

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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