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Untapped potential

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

I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Pay, vacation, autonomy is good. It's amazing to work for a company that has such a big imprint on the world.

Cons

The company claims to have left stack ranking behind, but it will take years to put the mindset and culture behind them, if they ever do. They've effectively remove any nature inclination anyone has to collaborate with the management system they've built.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Minimize individual contribution and emphasize team effectiveness. Get over the idea that calibrations have any hope of working or could possibly be fair. Read, "Lord of the Flies".

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    Great company that cannot stop getting in its own way

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Smart people
    Legacy of success
    Learnings on scale, sustainability

    Cons

    People are concerned with avoiding looking bad and looking good...achieving results, profit and serving customers seem like secondary objectives. Whole groups are misaligned or underutilized and the recent layoffs should only be the start of the restructuring and downsizing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the culture
    Build a learning organization
    Redesign how teams make software services.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Hire in at the level you want to stay at. Prepare for a long period between promotions.

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    Former Employee - Senior Solution Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Solution Manager in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    The technology is the best in the world. You'll work with the world's brightest minds. You are three to five years ahead of corporate America. You can stay in place for as long as you want. No one will force you to stretch as an employee.

    Cons

    Ability to deal with ambiguity is in every job posting. You don't understand this until you join the ranks. People are told they are empowered; however this is really far from the truth. From a career growth perspective, be prepared to stay in role 3-5 years before a promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop hiring individual contributors as people managers. Realize the potential of your employees and help them grow. Make possible to move vertically and horizontally across the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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