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Can't create a plan and stick to it.

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Former Employee - Program Manager  in  Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

Opportunity to work on dynamic and valuable product.

Cons

Highly changeable management with no leadership or focus.

Doesn't Recommend

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  1.  

    Almost getting it right

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Some great development efforts and new technologies but somehow just missing the mark to be hip and intuitive and get the hardware and software mix to compete with Apple.

    Cons

    Just missing the mark - too much into the "Microsoft Way or the Highway."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with hardware makers to improve the fit and finish of products that look great and are high quality and function seamlessly with MSFT software. New tablet is in the right direction!

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent company, lots of smart people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, very high levels of flexibility and latitude at an individual level to drive or influence decisions with tasks. Constantly challenging and learning environment. Company has more than 10 multi-billion businesses, and even though the sheer size often creates unnecessary processes and politics, smaller, more nimble startup environments are also abundant.

    Cons

    Sales-oriented mentality relatively too heavy in senior management. Years of business division model managed by individual P/L fiscal responsibilities meant less risky to focus on incremental improvements on products so sales can grow a certain % in each fiscal year. And the 'follow the market' approach to product development meant consistently a few cycles behind market makers. Even with the recent re-orgs instituted by Ballmer, the top ranks are still predominantly sales people, who are best at driving and managing sales organizations. Plus a top-heavy culture means conformity (to a sales-oriented culture, as opposed to a more bottom-up engineering and product-focused one) is preferred, and very difficult for grassroots innovation to make ground.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Microsoft isn't short of smart people. But too many layers of management and fiefdoms often create too many opinions and hinder decisions and progress. It's clear that we recognize the need for change, but change won't happen by installing more of the same type of people in leadership. Need a few more visionary types in executive management, instead of sales and operational types. Plenty of recent good, big, bold bets against very competent competitors in search, cloud, mobile, etc, but need to do better. Need to deliver more innovation and execute better and wrap up with cohesive marketing and professional sales.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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