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Well-compensated, great launch pad for success outside of the company, but quickly losing talent and dog-eat-dog atmos.

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

I worked at Microsoft

Pros

1. Benefits
2. Technology at your fingertips
3. Resume builder
4. Clear direction
5. Great work-life balance
6. Amenities, Starbucks Coffee

Cons

1. Review process assessed on a curve (team of 5, one employee will recieve an "underperformer" review regardless of quality performance, unless team is exempted from senior level)
2. Recruitment of family members, best friends, etc. into same department
3. Difficulty keeping talent
4. The "We're Microsoft" mentality, invincibility complex

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep an eye on the trends within departments - internal, lateral movement or movement into a less desirable role in the company is often an escape from poor management/leadership but downplayed or unspoken to remain in the "club"

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  1. An at times frustrating but ultimately satisfying and engaging place to work.

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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

    Work with very smart and talented people.
    Flexible hours and work arrangement.
    Best benefits in the industry.
    Impact 100s of millions of people.

    Cons

    We struggle to balance protecting our existing businesses versus creating new ones.
    The stagnant stock price.
    Limited personal ability to materially impact the mission and vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get focused ... Continue cutting side show projects that have not proven effective to free resources to double down on successful ones.

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    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Great Experience

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    Former Employee - Director Product Management in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Director Product Management in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Wide range of experiences, locations and challenges available. Ability to realize these is dependent upon superiors, department and yourself/performance. Poor results will limit your ability to move around and move up so stay focused on the "commits".

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucratic things to slow you down.... Meeting merry-go-round on a daily basis...

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