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Great Company, but aging

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Architect in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Architect in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

Great projects, great people, commands respect in the industry, you can do things that are impossible with smaller companies. We rule the Enterprise and they happily give us an awful lot of money because we deliver stuff that they understand, and that works.

Cons

- Too many middle managers and middling management, too much internal competition, passionate but unimaginative leadership.
- Too much cost watching from management and not enough good ideas.
- We have gone from being successful "fast followers" to just plain "followers".
- We have problems coping with complexity.
- Willingness to leverage advanced technology (that involves math and mental effort) is very limited.
- Overemphasis on "simplicity" leads to poor solutions.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Not enough Ozzys, ok, he didn't work out, but he had the right approach. Too many KTs, cost cutting and cheerleading salesmanship will increase profits (we are great at that), but will not create great products.The only sure bet would be to break up the company. Either that or find a Steve Jobs or Elon Musk. Good luck with that (I mean it).

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    A great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Managers are, for the most part, invested in your career and your success (I've only encountered a few bad managers and they tended not to last long)
    Lots of focus on ownership and product impact
    Great benefits and pay
    People are amazingly talented and fun to work with
    Finally feels like we're building something together as a company, not just silos

    Cons

    You'll get harassed at parties ("I hate Vista, my computer is broken, Skype didn't work last night")
    Senior management isn't always great at communicating downward which sometimes results in confusion
    There are still some old (OLD) tools being used in engineering and it sucks when you have to go touch them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep conceptually simplifying our product lines, it's getting easier to explain our business strategy to the outside world but we're not there yet

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great for first job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    An opportunity to work on next generation products

    Cons

    Very slow in responding to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It will be good to have a better market research and customer expectations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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