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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. Learn a lot - but painful

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    Former Employee - Staffing Associate in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Staffing Associate in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Medical/Dental/Vision Benefits; well-resourced organization; great experience to have on your resume.

    Cons

    Highly political colleagues; incompetence is sometimes rewarded by lateral shifts and people moves; too much email; working all hours of the day and night; entitled colleagues.

    Advice to Management

    Recent reports about culture shifts and changes to Microsoft's culture is promising. Recognizing influential employees is important. It's also important to recognize influencers that produce positive results in a way that is inclusive and collaborative and not just the loudest.

  2. Great if you have a good lead.

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits including good insurance coverage and prime card, and company store products.

    Cons

    The old review system is awful. Maybe the new system is better.

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