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High performing, well appointed, good place to work

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

I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

Autonomy, you are given expectations and provided you are a self starter, are innovative and driven, you should be able to succeed.

Cons

Individual contributors need to be aware that the perception of success often falls to you becoming management.
If you are in the wrong team, you can be disparaged very easily - rumors do fly.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Skip levels. Do them, in prior teams they maintained the balance. My last team failed and contributed to my leaving the company after nearly a decade.

Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    over all a good company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    great projects, pay and benefits packages with in market standards.

    Cons

    to much politics and too many re-orgs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great unless you want to make impact which reaches for a star

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal IT Service Operations Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal IT Service Operations Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Smart people. Generally good collaboration in a micro-sense

    Cons

    Heavy hierarchical structures. Takes a ton of work to make a small progress. Hard to impossible to grow within the company beyond General Manager

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To Executives specifically: Cut in half the layer of Senior leadership (Group Manager/Director) - your direct reports and their directs. A lot of them are products not of high performance, but slow promotional ramp. You have given them the authority for everything thus getting disconnected from most of the business. They on the other hand most of the time do not have the courage or skills to make their own decisions. So they are looking to you to hold their hand. And you cannot hold it effectively. You want to do the right thing, but you are disconnected from the reality. Shrinking an expensive senior management layer will bring the company back to where it once was.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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