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Great Place to Work

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Attorney in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Attorney in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Interesting and diverse cutting edge legal work, very collegial, smart clients, decent hours, stock options, beautiful campus and scenery, great local community.

Cons

Organization is pretty large and growing, and makes it harder to know everyone as well as in the past. Increasing competition from others also makes life a little more tense and challenging.

Advice to Management

Keep doing what you are doing; your employees are broadly behind the corporate strategy and leadership, and depend on your efforts to keep the company competitive.

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    Pick your position/manager well.

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a fun environment with lots of smart people. You will be working for one of the best technology companies around today.

    Cons

    The downside is that you have to have a good manager. Like everywhere, if you get a bad manager, you are screwed - this is amplified at Microsoft.

    Advice to Management

    Too much in the way of middle management at Microsoft. The SLT needs to wake up to the fact that without ICs, there would be nothing - don't keep promoting and investing in leads/managers that year on year perform badly in mspoll.


  2. Helpful (5)

    OK Place To Work In Tough Economy (But Watch Out When Employment Comes Back)

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    * Great Benefits: Still offer all medical and dental without co pays or contributions * Very technology savvy company with lots of free software * Ability to buy company software for family and friends at great discounts * Lots of information to share (if you know where to find it) * Lots of employee surveying each year: Survey results for managers are chance to give direct feedback and results are an important part of leadership success; those with bad scores are put on notice * Great amount of work has gone into career ladders and helping employees and managers understanding what the attributes of success and areas of opportunity are at most levels in job families * Beautiful Redmond campus with many great new buildings. Great commuter alternatives, free bus system and ways to get around the increasingly large campus

    Cons

    * Without a doubt, the most critical work environment I have ever worked. Very few "attaboys". If 95% is working and 5% needs improvement, the focus is on the 5% * Never worked in a place where people are as fungible as here. It's burn em and churn em at it's worst * Very little appreciation for all the hard work that employees put out. In the end, you're just a cog in a wheel *Most email-centric culture I ever worked in. Everyone emails everyone all the time and copies half the world. On many occasions, I would see an email trail that could have been stopped 3 days ago if the two principals to the issue has just bothered to have a 3 minute conversation. People sitting literally next door to each other will email one another rather than talk to each other! * Very self service environment. Very little administrative support except at the highest levels (GM and above). Everyone else is on their own. Be prepared to make your own calendar invites and copies and travel arrangements by yourself......frequently * Career ladder and job family information doesn't mean enough. Too often, promotions and career advancement are based on good old fashioned politics and who do you know. * Work/life balance is a crock. More like work/life blend! And in the end, your family pays. Even when you are home, you're often not available because you're expected to be on email at night. Especially true if your job has any global scope. Then expect doing emails from home until 11 pm and then when you get up at 6 am, there are 30-40 emails from other parts of the world that will need your attention (because of course, once the email has been sent, the monkey is off the senders back and on yours even if you haven't had the time to address the issues. * Too many meeting and not enough time to get work done (except at night and on weekends) * Still too much reliance on stock as part of compensation package without the realization that the stock hasn't performed well for about 10 years. This comes from the top (Steve Ballmer) who hasn't owned up to the fact that incentive targets are out of whack with the market (except at GM level and above at which point, you are golden). Need to up the incentive targets at levels close to Director. *Company made a big mistake having first ever layoffs at time of still huge multi-billion dollar profits per quarter. Sent a clear message that people don't matter and this will come back to haunt them when the hiring market improves.

    Advice to Management

    * Get real about stock as part of compensation for those at Director and below. * Create a much better way for those laid off in 2009 to be able to re-enter the company (provide dedicated recruiting staff to help advocate for those who want to return to the company)


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