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Crappy

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Contractor - Merchandising Manager in Redmond, WA
Former Contractor - Merchandising Manager in Redmond, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (Less than a year)

Pros

Salary, easy work, light work load

Cons

Everything else, especially your colleagues and managers

Advice to Management

Retire

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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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