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It's about who you know, not what you know.

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Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA

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

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Benefits and Pay were high for the Seattle area.
Good work life balance once you got into the flow of your role.
Some good managers and team members.
Good time-off policy.
If you know the senior people you will be in good standing - it all about your manager.

Cons

You never really own anything.
Managers constantly and roles are consistnantly changing.
if you don't have a good manager, you will not do well at MSFT.
Update your commitments and stay true to what you are doing - if not, you will be dinged!
Expectations are made without communicating.

Advice to Management

Find the right talent and let people setup to help to lead. There are some amazing people that are doing work they did other places 10 years ago!

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    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

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

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People who are super smart and driven. An exclusive enclave of engineering folks, always challenging each other to improve. Of course, it takes time to find any diversity and as a female director you will be isolated.

    Cons

    Mid and upper levels have no clue what is going on and spend all their time in meetings. Building PowerPoint slides, discussing them endlessly, and debating the meaning of words. Meanwhile, decisions are made and pushed forward without first understanding the full impact, which thrashes all the people who actually perform real (non PowerPoint) work.

    Advice to Management

    Stop patting each other on the back and kidding each other. Eliminate managers and find out what's really going on.

  2. Mostly good experience but limited work/life balance

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits package is very good, although not as good as a few years ago. Flexible work schedule is helpful for those with families. Lots of smart individuals to work with.

    Cons

    Limited resources (employees) to do the amount of work required. I easily spend 50-60 hours/week working, so the work/life balance is an issue. Many of the managers are not good people managers and have difficulty understanding the day-to-day issues of the employees who actually do the work.

    Advice to Management

    Too much political infighting among teams. Managers need to have skills in managing people and not just projects.

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