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Takes a while (1 yr) to understand what it takes to get things done at Microsoft

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Current Employee - Operations Manager  in  Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Operations Manager in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

Flexible work/life balance - most people have kids, easy to come and go as you please. Compensation is good - benefits are competitive, though the new health plan is a pain, since it is no longer a PPO, but they still cover most everything.

Cons

Bad middle and upper managers, at least in operations. You question how they got where they did - they don't know what it takes to build an organization, culture, transparency, nor do they care. Its everyone for themselves - very little team mentality, support, sharing of information. Culture is bad. Little attention is spent on mapping out a master plan for an organization, so you end up doing a lot of work that doesn't appear meaningful and end up thinking that Microsoft makes money in spite of itself. Managers aren't rewarded for developing people underneath them - i.e. if people get promoted, that isn't rewarded. So, who will cares about your success? only you. No career advisor or someone who will be a champion for you. You have to sell yourself and figure it out on your own. Don't look to management to map out a plan for the organization, for where it is going, or how you fit into it.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You need more managers that know how to build an organization, build a team, and reward them for this. Right now, you have many middle and upper managers who are terrible organization leaders, people developers. And, there is no penalty for them to build those skills. Its very frustrating.

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    A good company to start a career.

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good company to start a career, many product teams that you can easily find one that fits your interests.

    Cons

    A huge company and decisions could be slow at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on competing with external competitors instead of having process that results in internal competition.

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    No opinion of CEO
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    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.

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