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Former Employee - Program Manager in Charlotte, NC
Former Employee - Program Manager in Charlotte, NC

I worked 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

You work with incredible people most of who have tons of integrity
Challenging work
Still changing the world
Constantly get to work with interesting, innovative, exciting technology

Cons

Petty politics
The yank and rank (stack rank, bell curve) review model
Incompetent and malicious managers
Most of the good people have left or are leaving

Advice to Management

If people really are your greatest resource, you really should treat them better and not make them constantly feel like an unnecessary cost to be managed out.

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    Crappy

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    Former Contractor - Merchandising Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Merchandising Manager in Redmond, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Salary, easy work, light work load

    Cons

    Everything else, especially your colleagues and managers

    Advice to Management

    Retire

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    Good Company but not for everyone

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    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).

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