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Some groups are very political; non-technical people run the show; job-doers are sidelined in favor of networkers.

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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)

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

Pros

It is a big company. I am sure there are other teams with better work atmosphere. Make sure you know the GM is a sound guy. Work culture in group trickles down from top.

Cons

Some groups like mine are very bad places to be. The leaders and their lackeys are all about making their fiefdoms and promoting their careers at the cost of honest workers, and hence the company. Backstabbing is common.
If you rub your manager the wrong way, nothing can save you. Managers have absolute powers. HR exists only to help the managers keep their directs under check.

Advice to Management

You cannot change company culture by retaining the same old management. The people in senior leadership positions are there because they know how to play the politics and navigate the system. Bring in new people if you really want to change company culture.

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  1. Crippled by culture

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    The company has great benefits, a competitive salary, and generally competitive colleagues. The headquarters have some nicely designed buildings, and you get your own office, if that is your thing.

    Cons

    There's too much red tape to get anything done, the engineering tools are straight from the 90s, there is a lack of collaborative culture, and the promotion process makes your colleagues hyper competitive.

    Advice to Management

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great projects, still plenty of innovation, execution people continue to be a premium
    Compensation including benefits was more than fair for my responsibilities

    Cons

    Politics, performance review process broke that requires you be a brand manager of your work
    Given the complexity of organization structure, can be tough to drive collaboration and results

    Advice to Management

    Learn and apply servant and situational leadership techniques, culture tends to stifle creativity and innovation since it's a bit of a make my director manager happy on up the chain


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