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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)

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 ManagementAdvice

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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    Current Employee - Principal Group Program Manager in South Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Group Program Manager in South Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Top IT Company with Cloud, Mobile and BI

    Cons

    strong politicos and small circle

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer

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

    Pros

    projects are great. lots of diverse projects to pick from.

    Cons

    too many managers. healthplan was great until it was changed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the layers of management

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