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Microsoft has all the potential to come back, but needs to get figure out what they are

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

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

Pros

Great place to get a breath of experiences.

Cons

The company is having an identity crisis now. I know they want to change, but there are so many people in current management levels who are not willing to change

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I started there 14 years ago and it was great because you could make a difference and people listened to you. Now people at Director and GM levels ego's are so big that they think they know if all and will NOT listen to people below them

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company. Good benefits. Poor innovation.

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    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart people. Global impact. Well known and respectful brand around the world.

    Cons

    Lack of innovation. Leadership team is not capable to stimulate innovation. Leadership team are good "sellers" and managers, but not visionaries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to have product visionaries. Also, please make sure you reward your employees based on performance and results, not on tenure or politics.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits; Bad middle managers

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits - PTO (3-5 weeks), 2 weeks Sick Leave, 4 weeks Paternity/12 weeks maternity leave PTO, very good health plan with HSA (employee has to pay out-of-pocket until a deductible is met, company contributes too; Plan was great till end of 2012), individual office with lots of privacy - this is a great plus if you are coming from a cubicle culture, flexible hours, great infrastructure, lots of smart engineers, good pay compared to others in the Seattle area. If you can shut yourself off of the middle management incompetency and maintain a good relationship with everyone, you'll get a steady growth. Work-life balance in general is very good with 40-50 hours though it depends on the team where you may have to put in 60+ hours and weekends. Consider working for a core team if you want to be around smart engineers.

    Cons

    Managers push busy work. Generally incompetent middle managers - tons of politics. It's not what you contribute that counts - it is your relationship with your lead and his/her manager that weighs heavily in your reviews. Most middle managers cannot get a job outside of Microsoft - even if they did, they cannot get the benefits that Microsoft offers so they stick on. Getting things done can be a pain. Most non-core teams have incompetent team members at almost all levels. There are frequent re-organizations across the company. It is common to go through 7-10 managers in a period of 5-6 years and it affects growth badly even if you are very smart. Most managers lack the maturity to be managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consolidate the divisions. Please re-align business and get rid of the incompetent middle managers in the senior and principal bands. Re-evaluate competencies and calibrate the engineers and managers. Microsoft is a great place to work and it can be made made better by getting more efficient.

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