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Great job, experience, work, but toxic culture taking over

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Challenging work, smart people, great benefits, opportunities for growth. If you want to move around and get different experiences within the business, there is support for that.

Cons

Culture over the last few years has been declining, and is now very toxic and cannibalistic. The new review system drives the wrong behavior and is very demoralizing. Microsoft has publicly said that these elements are appropriate for a "high performance company", so don't expect changes. The company speaks of the business value of work/life balance, but does not support it with action within their management philosophies.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Reboot the review system, remove the Microsoft arrogance in which you operate, bend over backwards for your customers because the competition is strong and there are other, better choices, and value your people by driving a collaborative culture with trust.

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    Chaotic

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    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Great compensation package. Can do very meaningful work if in the right org.

    Cons

    Must keep a lookout to stay ahead of the reorgs and RIFs. More attention given to internal politics than to actual value added work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the review system. Align the company to better work together.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    SE

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great place with lot of opportunities.

    Cons

    I will echo others opinions about the demotivating review system.
    Senior management relies on feedback from others to assess ones performance. The first person to complain and offend others in their defense wins.. they don't weigh if and whether the feedback is accurate and whether it should be considered or disregarded.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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