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Missed opprotunities

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  • Senior Management
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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

- Some businesses have great potential
- Challenging problems

Cons

- Company was positioned to own mobile, but mismanagement let Apple take it away
- Stack ranking encourages selfish employee competition rather than team success
- Benefits are declining: health/dental now have a 2.5k deductable

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Don't miss gigantic business opportunities: e.g., mobile
- Change culture so employees focus on business success not their fiefdom

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management (M2 & M1 level) lack direction

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    Former Employee - ASG Organization in New York, NY
    Former Employee - ASG Organization in New York, NY

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Microsoft do offer good benefits and great maternity and decent paternity leave. Good talent do exist at Microsoft but the management culture rewards those that promote themselves rather than the team.

    Cons

    Work-life balance and transparency are often preached but not respected / honored. Management will twist your candidness against you and see that as a weakness and complaining. There are a handful of great managers but they have since left or been pushed out because they were not afraid for standing up for their team and values. Microsoft breeds and rewards selfishness and not a team first approach. Hence, why there is a such a gap in trust and focus in the organization because employees are looking out for themselves and not working collectively to make the product / service better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If leadership and culture do not change, Microsoft will continue down it's own path of self-destruction. This has been evident and reflected by investor and shareholder confidence in the stock and lack of consumer market demand for their products. They are still a cash-cow floating on past performance but competitors (Google, Apple, Amazon) have continued to widen the gap and taken market share. Microsoft's talent pool will continue to shrink and their competitors will benefit. It'll be interesting to see how Satya (CEO) will navigate at the helm of this Titanic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Secure, frustrating, ultimately uninteresting

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    Former Employee - Data Scientiist in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Data Scientiist in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation was good. Job security. Data at large scale means there's potential to do some interesting work.

    Cons

    Difficult to impossible to do meaningful interesting work. Physical and process infrastructure is so slow and so much contention for the few interesting projects that it's all about positioning, rarely about doing good work. In my area (software engineering as applied to big data problems) not being able to use open-source technologies means your skill set will quickly become obsolete.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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