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Great company to work in international subsidiaries. Corporate HQ are suffocated by politics.

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Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

Great place for starting your career: lots to learn, smart colleagues, great opportunities and huge resources

Cons

Difficult to see direct line between your work and the bottom line (especially at corp.). Too many poor middle managers (group managers, directors, senior directors).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Improve middle management culture and quality!

Recommends
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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Financial Analyst

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    learned a lot about modeling and excel. Some smart people were working there as well. Senior management was pretty sharp.

    Cons

    tons of work with little reward even though I progressed up the ladder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either cut back the amount of work for employees or improve the salary. Otherwise you'll continue to lose top talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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