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Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft

Pros

Microsoft is a giant company with ample resources and opportunity.

Cons

Microsoft has great potential as an emplyee centric company but seems to place higher value on sales and market expansion than providing positive motivation for the talent that produces its products.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

New goal: Say "thank you" in person to someone each day.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. MS is at an inflection point - it has the potential to be great again or fade away

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with highly motivated, highly skilled people
    Opportunity to work on some of the most exciting technology
    Opportunity to have enormous impact on the market and the world

    Cons

    Senior management seems stuck in past paradigms and unable to chart a course to the future
    Internal politics are severe
    Career progression outside of engineering is stalled
    Flat share price for 10 years and decreasing benefits do not complement lower base salaries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is time to re-evaluate what it will take to make us the premier technology company again. The market dynamics that led to past success have changed and we must change with them or become increasing irrelevant. Being a fast follower when the network effect is benefitting the first mover is a flawed approach that killed us music (iPod), is killing us in search (Google), is killing us in phone (iPhone, Android), is killing us in slates (iPad).

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Used to be cool to work here

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    -"Get your work done" mentality allowing you to be flexible with work.
    -Health Care benefit (going away)

    Cons

    -No more free health care
    -Takes too long to get anythign done
    -Too many redundancies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to revamp the leadership and turn the ship around to make people proud of this company again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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