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Endless 'Re-Orgs' and working for the Borg

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

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

Pros

Some of the UX experts with whom I had the pleasure of working were the most brilliant people/artists I have ever met. Many of the engineers met this criteria as well

Cons

The company overall has become quite lost and needs to re-define its identity. There were 5 different re-orgs when I was there which negatively effected morale in a big way. Research and white papers are presented in cute meetings but don't actually lead to any apps or new systems/process.The current review process is the most ridiculous system I've ever experienced and leads to many people leaving. Everyone is graded on a 'curve' and someone on the team has to get the lowest score (a 5). It's completely retarded, as I never met a single developer/artist who wasn't brilliant and didn't deserve a 1/2 but that's not how it works!

Advice to Management

You have proven to me that you will likely not read this and even if you do, nothing will actually change.

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    Endemic Problems at Bing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Working on software used by millions
    - High level of respect for established success
    - Company provided transportation is useful
    - Extremely large if you want to move around later in your career

    Cons

    - Bing has Endemic issues with a toxic work environment and broken processes
    - Conflict is seen as a desirable way to settle all debate
    - At least at Bing, morale is seen as unimportant

    Advice to Management

    Paying attention to morale and process issues could fix a large number of problems


  2. Very disparate experiences depending on the team, org and LOB.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    If you are in main campus, good opportunities to move around.

    Cons

    Typical large company issues such as politics, silo's and incoherency.

    Advice to Management

    It appears like there isn't enough accountability in middle-top management.


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