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One of the best companies to work for, but it comes with a cost. If you want to be innovative, this is not the place.

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Current Employee - International Project Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - International Project Manager in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft

Pros

Amazing benefits. In general, the people are smart and nice to work with.

Cons

The company is bloated and it takes ages to get anything done. Also, any cool new project will get squashed or merged into another team. I used to think it was the best place to work, but the "culture" is beginning to wear on me. Organizational change is constant and disruptive. Upper management does not do much to integrate newly merged teams. I spend most of my time in meetings with people just trying to figure out who is doing what, rather than actually doing work.
There seems to be a general lack of direction, the company tries to respond to every new product that the competitors release, but a company of 90,000 is not agile enough to work like this.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop responding to what all of the competitors are doing. Pick a direction and go with it.

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    Overall - Good company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Each employee has the ability create a great career plan since there are many opportunities to switch jobs. Also, always around very smart people which enables professional growth in itself.

    Cons

    -Getting stuck with poor manager.
    - Some products are never destined to make money so always chance product/project could be cut.
    -Review process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Very few "leaders", mostly typical managers who mostly are there for their HR function (complete reviews etc).
    -Why does every team have to have IC's that underperform in order to satisfy review process? Can a manager do an exceptional job with each direct exceeds commitments?

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Bredth Opportunites, Employee Development, Benefits Package

    Cons

    Tough competition for level increase, Seattle Weather

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give me the first 20% of the stock when it's awarded.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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