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good place to work

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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

there is flexibility in work hours,
their benefits package is the best in the industry,
get to work with smart people

Cons

more focused on the how than the results
charter issues among teams
too many re-orgs leads to lack of consistency in management

Advice to ManagementAdvice

need bill gates back

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Come for the prestige, stay for the benefits

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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

    Microsoft has a huge product portfolio, so if you've grown tired of one product group (say, Word) then you can transfer to another one and still get to keep your benefits, seniority, etc.

    Also, the benefits are awesome. The only way you'll find better benefits package is to become a United States Senator or the CEO of a bank that's too big to fail.

    Cons

    Once you get into a discipline, you pretty much pigeonholed for life. So, anyone telling you to interview as an SDET to get your foot in the door either hates you or doesn't know what he/she is talking about.

    Also, we're very big on politics here. Technical skills will only get you so far.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your reports a chance to grow.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    The metamorphosis from Tech to a Sales & Marketing based organization is complete, congrats Steve

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    --There are a few pockets of real innovation and passion for the customer remaining
    --There are still a lot of really good, passionate, folks still toiling away at the company, most of which are concentrated at the lower levels.
    --Wide range of products/services make it a good place for someone new to the industry "cut their teeth" and get some good exposure. 2-3 years on a single project will give you a great feel for the product, industry, and whether this is the place for you.

    Cons

    --Upper management, including the C level, are more concerned about their next "sale" to further their own careers, rather than building great products that excite and delight the customers.
    --The strategic direction of the company is not well understood, outside the company, and not much better inside. Funding for projects is mostly based upon political favoritism and/or the latest MBA prepared Powerpoint, and rarely on the real merits of the product to the marketplace. Rarely, if ever, are projects and their respective costs truly measured repeatedly for their ROI--look at Search.
    --Bad news is not embraced and respected; the messenger is typically shot or stamped as not being a "real team player".
    --The performance review process has been completely bastardized to focus on individual efforts over team/product delivery; it's more important to determine what your boss wants to see and deliver on that than what the product and/or customer need. The politics of the review process, especially the last month or two prior to the "ranking/lifeboat exercise", are more important than everything you did over the other 10 months.
    --No one cares what your contribution over several years meant to the company, "What did you do for me this last six months?" is all that matters.
    --You are one re-org away from having your career at the company terminated. If you get a bad manager, you are on your own and unless you can escape the group you will likely find yourself on the street -- Under-achieved/10

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire. For the good of the company, customers, and those truly dedicated and loyal employees, please seek other opportunities or "spend time with your families". Either that, or, take Judge Jackson's recommendation and split the company up--force the various major product lines to live or die on their own merits.
    Revamp the review process to place a minimum of 60% weight on the team's delivery, not the individual's, on each team member's overall review--hey, consider real profit sharing.
    Put an independent agency in charge of reviewing and administering employee feedback on managers--HR and the skip level managers are inept in this role. You have way too many managers that have no business managing people, some of which will very likely become liabilities to you legally.
    Lastly, stop wasting time and money conducting Employee Opinion polls--you and most all the lower levels of managers don't listen or act on the feedback. Instead, you turn it back on the employees, it's "their problem", and then force them to join BS virtual work groups to discuss and suggest ways to improve the problems. In most all cases, the issue is due to bad managers--solution, fire them instead of promoting them!

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    Disapproves of CEO
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