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No team work

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer  in  Bellevue, WA
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

Pros

Good salary, good benefits. Private office for each person.

Cons

Depends on the team you land in, you may have difference experiences, but based on the review system, people negatively compete and it may get political and instead of trying to change the world, you end up being a politician, and forget the teamwork. They are many failure teams but because of other good teams, company still stands. So it is very crucial to know the team your joining before you accept the offer. And also make sure you ask for the review system because it will surprises you if you are a team player kind of person who sacrifices whereas the review system which is based on your individual shining and visibility. If you get to one of those teams, you end up more that 50% of your time on review system which takes your productivity and meaning the entire team down because it is the same story for all. There is a rumor they will change this broken review system in the following years, but no proof of that yet.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

A good manager should take of all these instead of putting it to everybody's shoulder. Anything that brings moral and productivity down and kills motivation and innovation should be avoided. This review system is against all the goodies of team work and a good manager should filter the team not infected with this.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Comfortable job

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    Current Employee - Principal Product Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Product Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good pay
    good benefits
    with better top management the company could do so much better - it has lots of assets to leverage. Lots of potential.

    Cons

    limited lateral or upward opportunities in CA, much better if u work in Redmond
    in a deep deep hole in key areas like mobile
    fish tank mentality in Redmond - the culture is very insular

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get the right guy / gal for the next CEO :-)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Perhaps a good place for commercial are, but not a consumer company, even in the 'consumer' groups.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Group Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Group Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Financial resources are solid - money isn't really an object when it comes to project and partner spend.

    Lots of different positions to explore if you spend majority of time networking and do not let HR or your manager know you want to move.

    Company has lots of upside opportunity.

    Cons

    Look out for 'bait and switch' on job titles, promotion opportunities, etc. Not good keeping agreements, even if in writing.

    Leadership looks out for themselves - direct reports are for generating ideas for leaders to take credit (not as a team). Managers block promotions and internal moves for employees they need to do their work and get themselves rewarded.

    Individuals working in consumer groups have little to no consumer experience and rely heavily on the very few people with the experience. If you have solid experience and get work done, you will be relied upon others will be expected to do little or no work.

    Significant amount of unprofessional behavior, especially by long-term employees is acceptable and often encouraged by management and overlooked by human resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start making true strategic decisions - set a solid consumer focused vision, road map and migration plan to achieve goals. Short term tactical moves are detrimental to the business.

    Take the time to retain '1' employees, especially in the consumer groups - stop the 'lifers' from running them out due to their own lack of knowledge and abilities. There is a reason your consumer marketers all leave in less than 3 years. It's not because they can't 'handle it' -- it's because they know there are places to work that will pay better, have work-life balance and colleagues will work as a true team to deliver solid business results in a professional manner.

    Inspire consumers to be a part of the brand - create an emotional connection that integrates technology products their lifestyle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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