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A changing company that still has a long way to go

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Former Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time for 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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    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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    OK

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    Current Employee - Service Engineer  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Service Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits, Competitive Culture, Great Compensation

    Cons

    Very stressful work situations sometimes ( depending on product groups and job roles), more bureaucratic for raise and promotions, awfully high expectations from manager, no voice in product feature unless you are a senior level product manager or senior program manager

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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