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3 people found this helpful  

Overall, great place to work

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Former Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft

Pros

Working with smart, focused people. Shipping products that are used by millions. Great location. Highly competent managers. Great benefits. Reasonable compensation. Great resume material.

Cons

The work is fairly intense and the pressure to produce is constant. Most people are more focused on promotion than they are on doing the right thing - this can lead to a degree of dysfunction.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

While MSFT strives to be a great employer with an excellent record on workplace equality, one of the HR policies is, IMHO, immoral. Specifically I am speaking of the requirement to award 10% of the workforce an 'unacceptable' performance rating. While I realize that this is straight out of 'Jack Welch', you can't apply a 10% rule across all teams and groups because this company is self-evidently (take a look at your earnings growth) made up of more than 90% of competent and hard working people. No surprise that an unacceptable rating is the career kiss-of-death. The application of such a blanket rule means that every year, some good employees are given an unacceptable rating just to comply with this unacceptable rule.
While MSFT is happy to arbitrarily decimate its workforce, they proudly promote the company as one of the great companies to work for. It would be - if you just removed this rule.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Benefits, Smart People, High "taxes"

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    Current Employee - Principal Development Lead  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Development Lead in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Microsoft engineers are VERY smart. Depending on the group, this can be a huge benefit. You'll find yourself learning from those around you (a good thing, unless you've got more ego than you deserve), and will be amazed at the capacity.

    Cons

    Microsoft is VERY heavy on process, generally. Some of it is understandable. Microsoft probably has more paying customers than any other tech company on the planet. This results in very high day-to-day 'taxes' involving enduring processes that are rarely reviewed for usefulness. This can be very frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A little more attention paid to true agility (not some mish mash of agile development practices layered over the top of the existing software processes already in place) would go a VERY long way.

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    A challenging place to work and grow in your career.

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    At Microsoft you get to work with a lot of smart people, many smarter than you. The upside is that you are challenged to grow in a lot of different ways.

    Cons

    You need to deal well with ambiguity and find your own way many times. The opportunities are there, but they are not going to be handed to you without effort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show that you can make the right decisions for Microsoft's direction. No more Kin failures that are blatantly obvious mistakes.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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