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Overachievers wanted!

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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Senior Director in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Senior Director in Redmond, WA

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

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

smart people
lots of products/strategies
Long-term thinking
amazing campus

Cons

smart people
lots of products/strategies
Long-term thinking
insular at times, too internally focused

Advice to Management

people are your greatest asset. don't make the workplace a "Hunger Games" environment. don't eat your own!

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  1. Nice not really intensive work in relaxed environment.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Visa issuance, cool benefits, relaxed people, get familiar with latest MS products, valuable trainings.

    Cons

    Too much politics, not really much time focused on engineering. Not too many days off. Projects and team are reorganized very often.

    Advice to Management

    More focus on product, less on politics.


  2. Get it together Microsoft

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Variety of opportunities. Great talent work there in IC capacity, but those that are courageous tend to leave the company.

    Cons

    Top heavy with ineffective management.

    Advice to Management

    Manage! Yes...rise to your profession! They have just eliminated the calibration ranking system that forced the elimination of highly qualified, highly productive individual contributors from the company who dared to be innovative and forward thinking. The workforce is successfully homogenized, which is where management wants them. It's the only way to mask their inability to manage effectively.Most people see the elimination of ranking as solving the problem. I don't. By shifting performance to concepts like "teamwork" and "collaboration, all that's happened here is that Microsoft has institutionalized mediocrity, ensuring that the only decisions that get made have to meet a consensus bar appealing to everyone in the homogenized culture. That's the kiss of death for the company. But not surprisingly, it's the holy grail for ineffective management. They still have a blank check to get rid of anyone who demonstrates creativity and courage on their teams, because others less gifted simply have to accuse them of not being a team player for them to be gone. Until management starts to demonstrate leadership...to have the courage themselves to understand what they are managing enough to recognize who is providing value to the company and whose ideas deserve promotion, Microsoft is doomed.


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