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Slow and steady

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Current Employee - Account Executive
Current Employee - Account Executive

I have been working at Microsoft full-time

Pros

-smart people to work with
-work life balance
-good benefits

Cons

-too many scorecard metrics
-too many middle managers

Advice to ManagementAdvice

It's impossible to do your job in an effective manner with so many critical imperatives and scorecard metrics forced down on a daily basis.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Great experience overall

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    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager
    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager

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

    Pros

    People you work with are excellent

    Cons

    MS has grown into a huge bureaucracy leaving employees unable to respond quickly to customer needs and trends.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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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 (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
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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