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

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
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)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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 Management

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. Helpful (1)

    Interesting technical challenges, potential political pitfalls

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  2. Has it's pros and cons

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    + Diverse range of products, technologies and skills. Very good place to have a broad range of skills.
    + Reasonable work/life balance. Though, it might vary team to team.
    + You will get to work with very smart people.
    + Good benefits - Pay; Paternity/Maternity leaves; 401k match; ESPP; Stock; good # of days of vacation; dental benefits are reasonable; health benefits are ok I guess, but the way they are rolling out the changes is horrible.
    + Good social and environmental consciousness.

    Cons

    1. HR policies always seem to favor managers over employees. See details below.
    2. Mobility is limited as managers have to be notified before interviewing with other teams.
    3. Even after the latest round of review changes, employees don't get transparent information about their performance and promotions. Managers get to distribute bonuses, and increases based on unknown processes. Promotions were always a mystery.
    4. Managers have a tight grip over projects/assignments an employee gets. Employees don't have much freedom to openly work on projects that they like.
    5. No team spirit or culture. I have seen ideas get stolen/copied and the originators never credited multiple times.
    6. New health benefits changes are a disaster. Not only are we out 1000s of dollars every year, the paper work takes up few hours every month.
    7. Senior management has no clue what they are up to. Ballmer was joke when it came to decision making / strategy. Yes. We have a new CEO. Let's see how he shakes things up.
    8. Crony culture in senior management is painfully obvious. See what happened to Sinofsky and his lieutenants.
    10. Career progress depends how well you are liked by your manager and skip level manager.
    11. Very weak product management culture. Unused/incomplete features, multiple UIs, hard to use features, ....

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together!

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