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

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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 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.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Great Learning Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Technical growth opportunities are limitless.

    Cons

    Your career depends on your relationship with your direct manager

    Advice to Management

    Skip managers need to be involved with individual morale


  2. Crippled by culture

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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

    NA


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