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Good, not great company

Director (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

ProsTotal 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

ConsEvery 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 Senior ManagementInstill 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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Employees with potential driven away

    Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years


    Pros: Training opportunities. MS Library. Self-contained computer ecosystem. Wide variety of… Cons: Stress due to force curve, stack ranking, even accomplished the… Advice to Senior Management: Need to truly understand the technology. Do not hurt the… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    Great company if you select the right product or the team

    Director of Program Management (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years


    Pros: Leading product and service offerings from Server and Tools division.… Cons: Too bureaucratic in certain product groups. Too many fights… Advice to Senior Management: Establish a solid vision for the next ten to twenty… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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