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Great but too many wannabe managers

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

Great technical challenges
Good work life balance
Great perks and amenities
Good pay
Love the offices instead of cubicles

Cons

Too many managers and people who want to be one
One person does all the work and has probably 2to 3 people managing them
If you are lucky you will have a good manager who protects you from PMs and others.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Super smart people always help challenge you

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Constantly working with smart people, real drive to learn and push yourself, get to be on a team that is really making an impact

    Cons

    Work life balance is horrible, you have to take a very hard stance and while it shouldn't inhibit your job trajectory (and they say it won't) it does due to our calibration process.

    Very difficult to change job functions. If you start in marketing very few people move out of marketing, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Calibration system needs to be changed, you are pitting your teammates against each other by forcing a curve.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Program Manager at Microsoft

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Freedom to innovate, ability to work with highly intellectual peers, and the company provides amazing benefits and perks for its employees. Working at Microsoft opens doors to a lot of other companies.

    Cons

    The annual calibration process is politically driven and peers tend to sabotage each other, work/life balance is not valued, and Steve Ballmer sucks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If it weren't for the compensation or perks, I'd steer clear. Microsoft has lost its startup magic, and is late to the game in the marketplace.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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