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Microsoft Tragedy 2014: The fall of a good but not preeminently good company because of flawed leadership

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

- Good compensation relative to hours worked (vs Amazon)
- Ample team and company resources to enable people to execute
- R&D develops innovative technology

Cons

- Weak leadership, executive infighting and jockeying
- Risk adverse environment prevents bold risks and confident execution. R&D work is no good if you don't monetize it... and we didn't even develop Kinnect, so don't take credit for Prime Sense's work.
- We have more in common with Blackberry and Barnes & Noble than our competitors.
- All the smart people have or are leaving. Just look at the number of GMs applying to local SMB tech companies as we speak. (I am already planning my own route out after a decade!)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

See cons section. We know that as long as your cushy paychecks keep coming, you can continue to make decisions far from the dire reality currently facing the company but reality will hit soon. Please don't wait for Alan & his Ford lieutenants to save the day, be the face of change and start thinking macro, not micro.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Benefits are best anywhere, best work life balance, 25% pure talent, 50% pure waste, and 25% demoralized.

    Cons

    Review system, culture and politics are destroying this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to outside world, hire a management consulting firm to tell you what's wrong and follow their advice.

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    Learned a lot, but feedback process was capricious

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Big company which means you have a lot of support to get things done

    Cons

    Management is out of touch with the changing landscape of open source, and internal tactics prevent good collaboration/teamwork.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have done a good job getting rid of stack ranking, now make it a good company by fostering an environment of teamwork.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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