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Satisfying and rewarding with a dose of bureaucracy and misdirected leadership

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Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA

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

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Businesses large and small, global and local roles and a multi cultural environment makes for a great place to work. Benefits are close to the best in the industry and mobility to different jobs internally lets you grow your experiences and build a solid career.

Cons

Slow to react to market opportunities and often disconnected from customer needs due to its size. Bureaucracy and accountability overlap makes for a place where if you're not persistent it's hard to get things done. Often the most aggressive are rewarded leaving a trail of less aggressive but smarter and better people behind.

Advice to Management

Lack of business understanding from some recent leaders is misdirecting some significant changes and growth areas.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Employment at Microsoft

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of hardware resources. good work-life balance. Average compensation.

    Cons

    At best mediocre work force. Microsoft is a company with several kingdoms formed by managers. No consistency in performance evaluation across the company. Career growth is decided by finding sponsors rather than doing great work. Mediocrity is rewarded while creativity is punished if not aligned with manager.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on fairness, have some integrity and most importantly get out of the way!


  2. Helpful (5)

    Worst software job of my career

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer 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

    Health insurance, dental, vision benefits were very good. Free coffee and soda. Good cafeteria food.

    Cons

    Lots of corporate politics, cumbersome and frustrating review process, impossible to change positions if you're struggling in the one you're in. Ended up fixing other people's bugs for two years working on mostly legacy code. Manager was a jerk. The commute also sucked. Quitting was the best decision I ever made.


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