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A wind of change

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Current Employee - Security Program Manager  in  Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Security Program Manager in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

Many great opportunities, Excellent and motivated communities, good compensation and benefits, the cruel stack ranking system was just recently discontinued. To make the best of this, grab the right opportunities at the right time, be active in a peer community that is compatible with you, and remain positive through any changes.

Cons

The previous stack ranking system has left deep scars in the workforce regarding talent attrition and trust, there are many new and unexperienced managers, too many competing priorities often lead to death by 1000 paper cuts of lower priority issues. To deal with this successfully, you need to be able to let go of annoyances, which may feel like a betrayal of your own values at times.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Make sure you stay on message with respect to the new review model. The new model will weed out a few high-performing employees who do get good work done but who are unable to share successes with others because they are too preoccupied with relative compensation. I think that's OK in that it will lead to a stronger "one Microsoft" long-term.

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    Great perks. Decent environment.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    All benefits of working in the corporate world.

    Cons

    Occasional office politics. Sometimes boring jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need to encourage learning and passion more!

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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.

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    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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