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Was a great place to work until the management went downhill

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Former Employee - Consultant in Waltham, MA
Former Employee - Consultant in Waltham, MA

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

Pros

Made a bundle back when options were king. In my latter years the salary plus bonus was great but the big money was behind me (early 2000s). Being a consultant is great of you like to do something different every day and not stick around when the sh** hits the fan.

Cons

Management in my later years was awful. The goal was to keep you utilized and if that meant putting you on a plane or having you write Excel macros, so be it. Review time was always a crap shoot, you never knew what "mystery" goal was going to turn up to justify a poor (or average if you were lucky) review.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Consulting management should better understand how their reports are performing. Reviewing someone by making things up is not a way to develop someones career.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Excellent place to work on the best of what will be used by millions of users

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Lots of freedom and opportunity to innovate and grow

    Cons

    Weak HR policies - improving but still needs to change significantly to promote teamwork

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Experience varies greatly by team, but new leadership brings new opportunities

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits (401k matching, non-profit donation matching, company shuttles, etc.) but not many perks (no free food, snacks, etc.). Quality of managers vary between teams, but generally better trained than most in the industry. Learning opportunities abound as long as you're self-motivated.

    Cons

    Office politics are embedded into the culture. This may slowly change as new leadership is introduced / reorgs happen, but divisions are deep.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You'll never attract (and retain) a younger workforce without more perks... but that might be okay for a company at your stage.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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