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Only good for parents' bumper stickers "My child works for Microsoft"

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Current Employee - Operations Engineer in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Operations Engineer in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft

Pros

Microsoft is this world's largest software development company, this looks good to future employeers. Employees receive discounts when purchasing normally overpriced software.

Cons

You have to pay for food and snacks. Not a comfortable work environment, they discourage peaceful and collaborative working. They do not promote based on quality of work instead they promote based on popularity and their review system. Hard work is NEVER rewarded here, instead employees are promoted when they do less work and leave early. At Microsoft, if one person in management, regardless of their direct connection to you, doesn't like you, your next review will be damaged. I've received only one 0.5% raise in nearly 5 years of service. Microsoft has horrible retention of long term employees. Management is free to ridicule employees. They 'claim' raises and promotions can happen any time but I have never seen anyone recieve a promotion or raise outside of once a year.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Pay attention to the survey feedback provided by employees, not just the management feedback. Attempt to correct salary and level mistakes as soon as possible. I have seen many highly talented people leave Microsoft after a couple years because Microsoft fails to appreciate employees.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    The best corporate job in the world, if you want a corporate job.

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

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Resources a mile wide and a mile deep. Microsoft has lots of money and is committed to spending in on its people. So compensation is excellent, benefits are out of the world, and you'll have everything you need in terms of hardware, software, and staffing. As a result, they attract the best people in the world, which is the best resource of all. You will never find smarter people or better managers.

    Cons

    It seems like everyone on the outside hates Microsoft, which can make it a little demoralizing to work there. It is a large company, and even though it is broken up into usefully small groups there is a vast bureaucracy. Government interference means even more bureaucracy - protocols need to be documented, emails need to be retained (and carefully composed). And Microsoft as a company has no taste, as Steve Jobs once pointed out, which means they make stupid errors about products. That's an uphill battle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire someone with good, strong opinions about software to help guide Microsoft out of its "do everything" madness. Do a few things well instead of everything mediocrely.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Well-resourced, innovative place to work with good benefits, but beware the "promotion" pitfalls

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Microsoft is a company with resources and so if you want to innovate and you have an idea and can "sell" it in the organization, you can get budget and resources to do it. There are some really cool things that the company does both from a product/technology standpoint as well as within marketing. Sometimes people don't see that all because they only have a limited frame of reference from just one or two product experiences. But when you look at what Microsoft is doing to bring access to technology around the globe, or you look at some of the viral marketing campaigns happening, there are some great innovations. Many of the people are really smart and you can learn a ton. Plus the benefits such as healthcare are outstanding.

    Cons

    It is a very complex and matrixed organization so sometimes figuring out how to get things done is challenging. It's a paradox really where sometimes it seems things get done really fast--a VP snaps their fingers and people jump into high-gear and it's amazing what can be accomplished in short time, yet at the same time because you have to work across so many teams and groups, it can seem like forever to get simple things done because you have to drive so much alignment across groups otherwise initiatives fail without buy-in. It is also a "two-class society" among the General Managers and Vice presidents who live in one realm and the worker-bees who live in another. Rewards are based very much on what you get done, not HOW it's done so often times people trying to get fast-track thru promotions are not actually very good team players.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior mgmt needs to pay more attention to the performance of mid-level people managers. Stop promoting people into people-management roles who may be brilliant but who may not be good with building a team.

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