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

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Operations Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Operations Manager in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than an 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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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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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 (more than an 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Could be a great company if they wiped out the middle tier politicians that don't contribute anything except chaos.

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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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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