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Fantastic opportunities if you want to play the politics to get ahead, a great fit

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Current Employee - Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
Current Employee - Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Technology is fantastic, they live and breath their products which is a good endorsement for customers. Good flexibility using technology and they do think about fairness in treating people

Cons

Corporate is so big and powerful that it drives business irrelevant activities down the line.
Processes are way too complex and get in the way of getting your actual job done.
Outsourcing has gone way too far and the company couldn't operate without the 200K+ vendors and contingent staff - so much wasted money and capability.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop deskilling your people, to be a successful services and device company you can't just localise what comes out of Redmond

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Great people; poor management; appalling review process

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Reading, England (UK)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There is a tremendous buzz at Microsoft; all of the people are smart and driven to succeed. If Microsoft aren't first in pretty much anything the question is always "what do we need to do to be number 1?".

    This behaviour is endemic and really underpins the culture of the entire organisation.

    I worked in the consulting organisation (MCS) and experienced a real variety of projects across a number of customer organisations. Delivering projects when you knew that your team were real experts and that they had the backup of the product development team was incredibly reassuring and this allowed MCS to bid for projects that other technology delivery organisations would shy away from.

    Getting in to MCS is not easy; the bar is very high and the interview process lengthy. Expect a telephone interview which, if successful, would be followed by an all day interview which would consist of 3 interviews (peer/competency, hiring manager and HR) plus a role play/programming exercise.

    Microsoft has a great benefits package including free broadband and mobile 'phone. One the things that I particularly liked was the free bowl of fruit in the kitchen every day.

    Cons

    The challenge with working at Microsoft is the challenge with being visible ALL OF THE TIME. Unless your manager and their immediate peers are intimately aware of your achievements then you will be punished during the review process. The drawbacks of this process are well documented within glassdoor but any system that holds the employee review meeting AFTER the grade has been decided is, in my view, seriously flawed.

    If you are unlucky enough to be on a long-term project that can seriously impact you; and if that project is on customer site then you can really be in trouble. Also, if you are not valued by your manager then you can get you in trouble as well!!!!

    There is also a blame culture emerging in MCS which, if isn't eradicated, will make it not a nice place to work.

    With regard to salary, MCS is OK; you don't work there for the money; you work there to get an exposure to the culture and the experience. Microsoft make it very easy for you to work from anywhere at any time and there is a growing expectation that that is exactly what you do. Some managers send email out of hours and then complain when you haven't responded in what they consider a timely manner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the review system such that it is based on what the staff deliver and not on management's perception of what they have done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    wonderful company with a lot of fantastic ideologies. but old employees are milking the system and killing the company

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    benefits, work life balance, great pay, good trainings, truly multinational

    Cons

    Redmond completely trust leaders they send to India, especially Bangalore and do not keep a tab of what is going on and how this old leader is messing things up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PLEASE get your 15+ years employees re interviewed for their current jobs. They are the ones who are screwing up Microsoft.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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