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No accountability for management, HR, totally subjective performance reviews which lack documentation

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Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

Good pay and benefits in comparison to other companies, great place if you don't want to be held accountable for the commitments you are supposed to be reviewed against.

Cons

Even with new "One Microsoft" there is no change, management and individuals are still out for themselves, rewards are based upon who you know, and there is no accountability to display "Microsoft Values" If you can ride the system, and deal with the lack of accountability, and unprofessional work environments, and HR protecting managers rather than deal with the real issues, go for it.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Actually live by company values, hold managers accountable to support their employees equally, have HR actually engage and fix problems in orgs where Managers rule by threatening employees and instilling fear if they provide feedback, and follow through with their threats to move employees out if they do provide feedback - not healthly

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Interesting technical challenges, potential political pitfalls

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

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

    Pros

    Really enjoyed the ability to grow into roles and responsibilities with a global scale.

    Cons

    Rapid management personnel churn, re-org churn, direction churn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the tail-chasing and trust your people to make sound decisions.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Could not be better when working with intelligent people.

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    The pros are a great diverse environment for exposure to different cultures, fast moving projects and focused individuals.

    Cons

    The cons are incompetent managers who are ruled by greed and fear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Microsoft used to make the best OS and was fun, exhausting, and brilliant environment. With the 400 levels of management introduced, everything grinds to and incompetent halt. Test your new hire managers. Some of them are "nice" but dumb as a stick. And try to not sell your soul just for a terrible product. ; )

    Recommends
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