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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft

Pros

Worked on high level marketing projects at Xbox

Cons

Almost too much consensus is needed to make any decision. The company is very “middle heavy.”

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Allow managers more decision making power

Recommends
No opinion of CEO

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    hardware direction

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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

    Pros

    Xbox seems to have great focus and leapfrog advancement in leading the industry

    Cons

    Other than Xbox, all other hardware are followers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find focus on other hardware such as mobile phones and bring in people who knows the field

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Not a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Reasonable Salary
    Good Health Benefits
    Smart Mentors Available
    Good place to horn Corporate Politics Skills
    Excellent negative case study of how not to run a successful tech company

    Cons

    Stack Ranking - or how we tries to copy Jack Welch Method but didn't quite understand it.
    Poltiical support required at all levels - promotions, cross team collaborations, product improvements, internal job transfers.
    Corporate Cluelessness - Use Revenue per Employee to measure Research and Development Staff to justify laying off ICs (hint Revenue per Employee only applies to Sales and Marketing Staff under US GAAP)
    Arrogance - Assume ICs have no knowledge of finance and business so Management can do whatever they want and say whatever they want, and even lie to subordinates by claiming to wear the Management Hat.
    Backstabbing Teamwork - or how I won a promotion from my peers by withholding information so they get screwed in Stack Ranking which is applied at the individual team level (hint there's no I in team).
    Management BS - throwing people in "jails", bully subordinates into submission with HR support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show some true leadership, please. Microsoft isn't in the doghouse because of your engineer ICs. Why is it every important decision has to have political backing?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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