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Great place with smart people

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Former Employee - Business Analyst Intern in Waltham, MA
Former Employee - Business Analyst Intern in Waltham, MA

I worked at Microsoft

Pros

Very good working condition, smart people around me and they are very helpful and friendly. Also resouce is plentiful at Microsoft.

Cons

Sometimes it takes meeting after meeting to make a decision when it requires running lean and agile. Also, HR people are very hard to deal with.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The company should really be running a lot leaner and relocate budget on the projects that will yield the most benefit to the customers.

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    Managers run amok

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    - You're generally surrounded by great minds most of the time
    - The company builds some truly great products
    - The employee benefits are the best in the industry
    - Free beverages :)

    Cons

    - Not a thought leader or a innovator in any segment of the industry except Operating Systems and the XBox, pretty much catch up everywhere.
    - Management has a disconcerting habit of wasting the companies money by making poor product and M&A decisions.
    - The work culture is very confrontational, which is hardly conducive to team work.
    - Review system is complicated and opaque. You never have any idea what they management is doing.
    - The place is led by managers, not Engineers anymore, and it shows.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of 50% of the middle management, they are a waste of space and money. Build teams instead of forcing people to be at each other's throats all the time.

    Get rid of Ballmer, he's a poor CEO. Get some visionary who actually has ideas about where the company should be headed, not a number crunching follower.

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    Microsoft

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Access to the tools and resources needed
    Flexible work schedule
    Frequent assessment of employee morale
    Freedom to book and manage individual travel
    Corporate and social responsibility

    Cons

    The company has grown too large in scope and headcount
    Bureaucracy has overtaken common sense
    Isolation from the industry conversation in Silicon Valley

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relocate centers of influence, power, decision-making outside of Redmond
    Stay genuinely connected to the conversation by being physically present
    Invest in more customer (enterprise and consumer) face-time

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