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Nice place to hatch eggs

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

I worked at Microsoft

Pros

Salary and Benefits and and and....

Cons

You could get away with murder if you know how to suck up to management. Technical expertise is something they think they know but how far behind the employees really are they would know only if they left the company and joined any other gig or were kicked out

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Fire yourself!!

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    Leveling off

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Work on products that are used by hundreds of millions of people.
    Enough product diversity that you can work on a wide variety of projects.
    Still many smart people.
    Best research lab in the world.

    Cons

    Political
    Favors fast follower strategy over innovation
    Flat stock price for 7 years, no chance of making money at lower levels, which causes focus on promotions rather than focus on custmers and product success.
    Nepotism at high levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new CEO.
    Carly Fiorina was fired from HP for making one big mistake. What is Steve Ballmer still doing there? Operating systems (Vista),entertainment (Zune, Media Center), mobile (WM 6, Kin, tablet?), internet (MSN). Microsoft also has terrible (yet over-powered) people in marketing despite (or because of) Ballmer's background in marketing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    International Project Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intl Project Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Intl Project Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    One of the best reasons to work at Microsoft is the health benfits package which is compelling in contrast to other corps.

    Cons

    One potential downside working at Microsoft can be the amount of red-tape politics, in conbination with carrot and stick management style

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Something that would really make a difference and perhaps re-invent Microsoft would be for it to Think Different, embrace change pro-activelly move beyond the typical catch up game and really lead the market.

    No opinion of CEO
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