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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.

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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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    Good tech company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Microsoft is one of the companies in the leading edge of technology, so you get to try out the softwares internally before it is released out to public. Has great health benefits. Working environment is pretty flexible.

    Cons

    Work life balance is a hard thing to maintain. It all depends on the team you are working in. But it is managable if you work it with your manager & team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership team needs to focus on grabbing new market in the first place rather than follow another company once they have already taken the market. Good job with the Kinect!

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    Microsoft

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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

    Very good employer in terms of overall compensation package and creature comforts (office space, food services, etc.)

    Cons

    Very political and beaucratic. Personal careers and objectives are placed above customer and business decisions. Re-organizations happen so frequently it is disruptive to get things accomplished.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a way to take the politics out. It's like working in Washington DC most days.

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