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Creative, innovative environment that still as potential

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Director in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Director in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

Smart people and great name brand company. It is hard to deny the fact that Microsoft hires the best of the best. Changing tides are still yet to determine what MS environment will be like under Satya but indicators look good.

Cons

It's not as stable as it use to be - years ago, you know if you worked hard you didn't have to worry about getting laid off. I didn't get laid off but just the threat of it created a very stressful work environment. Rating system really makes doesn't seem fair for a company that makes billions of dollars.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't layoff all your legacy resources because history can still teach the future....

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Lots of layers

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    -practically unlimited budget/resources
    -lots of smart people
    -no shortage of work

    Cons

    -too many layers of management, not sure what they do
    -lots of office politics
    -missed the boat on too many opportunities because the company moves too slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -flatten the middle management
    -too many managers that should not be managers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A stagnant company - More focused on its "diversity" than results

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    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Company name recognition - If you say you work at Microsoft, people know who the company is. Free access to Microsoft software.

    Cons

    This is a company in a cultural free-fall.

    Microsoft used to be its own worst critic - it helped improve its software by internally having high expectations. Now it is full of non-technologists (many are women who "don't understand technology, but are good at communicating, or "big picture people". So concerned about its image and its diversity - if you aren't gay or a particular race with some complaint, you're a minority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The MACH (college) hires aren't working out. You brought in new blood with no direction. Giving them a Web site and telling them to "learn SharePoint" isn't mentoring.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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