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A changing company that still has a long way to go

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  • Senior Management
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  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Tremendous resources, and still hires some of the best and smartest in the world. The company is playing catch-up with the rest of the industry in product vision, but continues to be a dogged competitor and has the war chest for the long haul.

Cons

Microsoft is still trying to evolve away from its early DNA of intense internal competition, but it's still deeply embedded into the company culture. As an employee, more effort is spent fighting to win vs. peers than vs. competition, and it's exhausting and inefficient.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Great benefits, work life balance, terrible politics and senior leadership.

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    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    great benefits, work life balance, opportunities to work with incredibly smart people

    Cons

    Politics, politics, politics. You easily get stabbed by someone with a big friendly smile.
    Lack of promotion opportunities - they like hiring senior people from outside
    Unbalanced power - PM and Dev tends to have a much louder voice
    Shipping is painfully slow - even you have the best idea, time washes it away.
    You don't get pay as much as in other companies, and pay rise is barely matching inflation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better senior management with vision. know how to compensate by removing internal competition

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Rewarding but at times quite cut throat

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great people for the most part, great opportunities

    Cons

    Previous stack ranking system created a bad environment, better now - but definitely tough to breakthrough to principal band given the amount of re-orgs the company has gone through. Some management teams lack ability to to basic product planning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become better at planning and recognizing the strategic insight others bring. Learn to focus on your customer and product, not your competitor.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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