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Lots of opportunities if you can tolerate the culture and extreme workloads

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Current Employee - Senior Manager - Finance  in  Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Manager - Finance in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft

Pros

Microsoft Library - Access to resources - research data, journals, books, studies.
Benefits - Medical, stock
Smart people - there are a lot of really intelligent people with interesting backgrounds & experience
Diversity - people from all over the world

Cons

Limited teamwork - people are rewarded for seeking credit as individuals, not teams. Internal competition is still fostered over teamwork. This creates suboptimal solutons. Even the 'collaboration' award has been awarded to an individual in the past few years.
Self-promotion is critical to getting a good review - self-promotion is a virtue here; being humble wouldn't be a good career strategy.
Culture to work fast and avoid input that might slow you down - even if it is input needed to improve the outcome. It is worse to deliver late than it is to deliver badly or to deliver an ineffective solution.
Lack of effective leaders in many senior positions - success as a technician does not make for success as a leader.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Promote teamwork, reward teamwork and recognize that better work happens in effective teams.
Get rid of the current contingent staff model (both a- and v-) which cannot be achieving it's intended benefits. A different strategy for a contractor model could fix current issues.

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Really boring place. No spirit.

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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

    I have excellent Benefits. I haven't had a single health care expense since starting, no premiums, deductibles, and co-pays. The legal benefit is excellent

    Cons

    Not much work life balance. It's not a fun place. Everyone is competing against each other. I don't think my accomplishments are always noted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You haven't done a very good job valuing my accomplishments. I sometimes feel there is some degree of cultural bias when it comes to reviews and promotions. You are constantly playing catch up to competitors. Try to get ahead of the curve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Microsoft as a company

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    - Great environment
    - Benefits
    - People

    Cons

    - Disconnect between mid and senior management
    - Promotion (on-ground) not transparent
    - Too much power to managers (no check & balances in reality)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Make sure mid managers do not weild authority
    - Too much of ego
    - Get rid of one-fit-all attitude especially for folks who have been at msft for several years

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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