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A company full of resources

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Good processes
Lots of resources and experts to talk too
Great benefits
More flexible working styles in about 60% of available jobs, some though are 8-5, or clock oriented
Work with smart people
Beautiful Redmond Campus with Great cafeterias right on campus
Microsoft employees are amazing at Rallying to a new vision, when one is set.

Cons

Highly competitive
Expected to work independently, without direction, but still held to a high output goal
Expect to work more like 50 hours a week, including checking email on the weekends
Only hourly employees would get overtime
Such a large company that sometimes there are conflicting agendas: example - "don't hire more vendors that have badge access AND ALSO Headcount freezes and scrutiny on replacing open slots" So, sometimes the work is heavy, but they don't reduce the expectations.

Advice to Management

The orange badge policy is silly, for no payback. Either let open spots be filled, or let the employees hire the vendor help.

Change the bell curve model for annual employee reviews. If you hire A+ performers, there is no reason to think that 25% of them will be low performers, mathematically speaking. Inspire everyone to be great by setting divisional goals with rewards.

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    Very nice comp plans - enough to keep you hooked

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredible resources available to employees, from hardware to software to training. Also, having the Microsoft business card just gives you instantaneous access to key people, whether it is customers, analysts, press, partners, etc. The comp plan at Microsoft tends to be on the higher side - where employees make a lot and have a decent amount of upside with stock options (but unless you are a "Partner" level, don't expect to ever make enough to retire).

    Cons

    Microsoft is a cutthroat organization, where employees are pitted against each other due to the forced "normal curve" whereby managers are forced to grade employees on a graded list, with the bottom 10% judged to be "C" players that need to be weeded out. HR still forces you to grade on this curve, regardless of how small or large your team is, and how well the team has performed. It creates a very bad environment where people often don't want to help each other out on projects.

    Also, another downside is that because MSFT is so huge, they tend to be very internally focused and don't spend enough time looking at interesting things happening in the industry outside of Redmond. This creates a bit of a bubble on campus and I think part of the reason why the stock has stagnated over the past 13+ years.

    Advice to Management

    Get with the program and abandon (REALLY abandon) the dreaded curve.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Reflections after 10 years

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you want to always work on the cutting edge technologies, then Microsoft is a great place to work. You'll always be surrounded by incredibly smart people who are passionate about their work. Microsoft is a place where your opinion matters and where your ideas will be given merit.

    The work life balance is great. Flexible work hours and the ability to work from home depending upon role obviously, is fantastic.

    The benefits are still outstanding when compared to other Fortune 500 companies. But they are not what they used to be, even from a couple of years ago.

    The culture has also suffered a bit over time. But in today's PC world that is to be expected I guess.

    Overall I would highly recommend Microsoft to anyone. It is today and will continue to be one of the leading tech companies globally. And working for that kind of company is exciting and very rewarding.

    Cons

    The stack rank system used to determine where employees fit in to the overall work force is flawed at best, and leaves a lot to be desired at the least. A quick Bing search will tell you all that you need to know about this system from both current and former employees.

    The higher that you progress in your career, it is sometimes that much harder to get noticed. One reason for this is that at Microsoft, the bar to just get a job here is so high, that you are competing with the best of the best for opportunities, and advancement. See stack rank above.

    Advice to Management

    Microsoft is a heavily top down company, with product direction typically coming from some on high leadership team. I would suggest that senior management seek and listen to ideas from the IC level. A bottom up approach that empowers employees to feel ownership of their product or service would go a long way to improving moral and products delivered.

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