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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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    Microsoft provides the opportunity to work on very large global projects in a very dynamic industry

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

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

    Pros

    Global, fast pace, evolving, engaging

    Cons

    Demanding, work/life balance could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up to embrace new opportunities faster

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Category Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Category Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Great place to work good market value

    Cons

    slow growth big company politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve rating system and hire competitively

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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