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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

I worked at Microsoft

Pros

Technology and competitive drive of the company

Cons

Politics and the lack of promotion

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Listen to employees, watch market , work better with strategic partners. Acquire companies that will bring back growth and new incentives

Disapproves of CEO

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    Microsoft - Just a big name

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    Former Employee - Senior Market Research Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Market Research Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Free Sodas
    Good medical benefits (but not for long)
    Decent pay

    Cons

    Too much politics
    No career advancement
    Waste too much time managing up
    No longer a meritocracy
    Company lacks vision after BillG's departure
    Run by "know all" engineers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get BillG back before you all ruin the company. It will be harder for you to attract talent if the stock price does not move.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    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.

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    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.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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