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Fascinating work.

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

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

Pros

New ideas and process are always in demand for those that can produce them.

Cons

There is so much to do that one needs to be very capable of self management. Learn how to get it done during the workday.

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Perks need to stay competitive with other hight tech companies.

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    I worked their for over 10 years and it became a very different place in recent years, all for the worse.

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and overall comp plan

    Cons

    Bad management and ridiculous time-killing, non-productive internally-facing activities...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Well managed, good working environment, smart people, but slow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Microsoft is a good place to work. The offices are nice, the people are smart. The company tries hard to focus on employee development.

    Considering the size of the company, Microsoft is a well run business in most respects. Planning processes are well defined and executed. Organization structure is clear. People are very willing to work in a matrix and collaborate.

    Cons

    Speed. While more aggressive companies are focused on what they will ship 3 weeks or 3 months from now, Microsoft operates on very long cycles - 2 to 4 years. As a result, Microsoft has the unique ability to be both too early and too late in a given market.

    Take mobile or tablets. Microsoft shipped product years before other companies. But when Apple demonstrated the first successful model, it took years for Microsoft to emulate.

    Political complexity. Efforts to operate as "one Microsoft" often hinder success of individual groups. Take Office for the iPad. Where is it? Office Mac is also a terrible product.

    Leadership is a mixed bag. The leadership ranks at Microsoft include some of the best and some of the worst leaders you will find. Question of luck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although you may like to think of Microsoft as a great innovator, reality suggests that over the last few years the company has been a follower in all major spaces including mobile, cloud, tablets, and big data. Being a fast follower is a reasonable strategy for a large company. Being a slow follower is not, and that, unfortunately, is Microsoft today.

    Too much "one Microsoft" ensures that each group performs at the level of the weakest business, or in the worst case is chained to a sinking ship.

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