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Good, not great company

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Former Employee - Director  in  Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

Total compensation, including benefits, were very good
I was able to innovate and get things done in my own style, but was rarely thanked by the company - only my external partners

Cons

Every day was like ground hogs day. You scratch and claw and spend obscene hours working on a PowerPoint deck in order to get funding or a headcount for a project. Once approved, if the manager who approved it moves on, the new one moves in and questions everything. It's as if the proper thing to do is join a new team, assume everyone sucks so try to get them to move on (or worse, fire them) so that you can build your own team of yes-men that try to re-invent the job only to try the same things that failed years earlier.

The stack-rank review system was a disaster and made enemies within teams

Many of the best people left. I don't know anyone that still works at MS that isn't looking to leave (this is a Seattle-Redmond area comment)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Instill in middle management that their employees are people, who are good and smart instead of assuming they are dead weight. Until that attitude changes, no amount of money could get me to back to MS, and I was a hi-po, great and dedicated employee for almost 15 years

Doesn't Recommend
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    I have been working at Microsoft

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    Cons

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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 10 years

    Pros

    Microsoft has some challenging work, and you are typically working with really smart people.
    The benefits are quite good and they have paid holidays.

    Cons

    The biggest con is the stupid stack ranking - if you hire great people to begin with, you shouldn't have to get rid of 5-10% each year. Time will tell if the changes recently implemented will actually filter down to the individual contributor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that people are your greatest asset

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