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overall good experience

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Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Washington, DC
Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC

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

Pros

open, multiple products, rich resources

Cons

lack of creativity and coverage

Advice to ManagementAdvice

be really creative to build "wow" products

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    A dystopic G-rated place of productivity/familyland balance.

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    Former Employee - Designer  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Designer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    + The full time employee FTE benefits (medical/dental/legal/gym/employer match/commute-options.)
    + Career advancement opportunities and merits.
    + Competitive salaries
    + Microsoft Prime / Free orca card
    + Prestige
    + Great places for people who want to work smart / hard / perpetually

    Cons

    - A good or bad manager can make or break your career.
    - Get used to re-orgs shaking up your ant-farm empire of success.
    - Time consuming enough to have cookie cutter time for raising a Microsoft family, driving your SUV, taking DSLR pictures of your trip to Paraguay and talking about your kid's shingles on corporate email threads while justifying your alcoholic tendencies.
    - not often, or in all circumstances but FTEs treat CSGs as "lesser thans"
    - as loyal as you are to them, you need to pace yourself because you may fly too close to the sun,
    - Little creativity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink your bell curves of merit increases.
    Good people get cut for ridiculous management reasons.
    Build a better safety net for those who work hard and reward loyalty with dignity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Senior PM

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Get to work with very smart people.
    Get to work on most challenging problems.
    Get to understand the full life cycle of shipping a product

    Cons

    Rewards individualistic heroism instead of team effort. Performance system is designed in that way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Redesign performance management system to encourage team work and collaboration.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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