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Great Company, Could be Better

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Current Employee - Principal Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Principal Program Manager in Redmond, WA

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

Pros

Microsoft has a great working atmosphere that is better than most companies in the world. Pay and benefits have improved in the last few years and are hard to beat. Despite many frustrations with the Microsoft is a great company to work for.

Microsoft is trying to change it's culture to be more contribution and using the ideas of the greater company. It remains to be seen if this will happen. This change in culture will be one of the most positive changes the company has if it is successful. In two years I would love to update this review to see if it really will make an impact.

Cons

Work life balance and internal politics often make the company a frustrating place to work. While I have heard of groups where the work culture is relaxed, I have never seen them or been a part of it. Internal advancement and opportunities can be very frustrating to understand and difficult to understand.

Many senior and middle managers still believe in a culture of intimidation and oppressive culture. There is a move to try and change this culture but these behaviors are hard change. I have high hopes for Microsoft, though it's future remains cloudy.

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Discover how to get the most of company acquisition and learn how to focus on key priorities. Microsoft has yet to successfully acquire a company and have it contribute to the overall Microsoft growth. The Microsoft culture of arrogance and accepting others ideas. Leadership needs to understand that it's parts are greater than the whole.

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Disapproves of CEO

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    Big company with a lot of possibilities

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work life balance,
    Stay fit program,
    good health insurance program,

    Cons

    You will be cornered in the Microsoft stack of technologies

    Approves of CEO
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    Led integrated field marketing initiatives for Enterprise and Public Sector sales divisions.

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible work environment. Good compensation.

    Cons

    If you are not in Seattle/Redmond/Bellevue, WA you have no long term prospects for growing your marketing career beyond a Senior Manager position. Eventually, you will be paid at the high-end of what is allocated for your career band and then you will be managed out, regardless of your performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clearly define field marketing positions as such and hard-line these roles back into the Sales organizations that they serve.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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