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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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    Toxic, toxic environment. Backstabbing individuals that are not that great at their jobs.

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Exposure to exciting projects and some great clients. Can be fun to be part of a large organization that is well-known.

    Cons

    There are a lot of people that have been employed there for years and are not good at their jobs. The company does not think about the long term impact of decisions that it makes and each fiscal year, each team has to shift their energy to satisfy what is on Ballmer's agenda. This leads to dissatisfied partners and clients and wasted time and money by teams that have spent a year building up a program just to have it all thrown away. Just think what MS could do if they had a vision and stuck to it. Overall - an extremely toxic environment with unethical people that will do what ever they need to in order to move up in the organization and get recognition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have created an environment that breeds negativity. Your employees are clawing and scratching at eachother to get ahead. You promote dumb people into positions they have no business being in. You need to get back to the core of Microsoft and try to be innovative - you have done nothing "amazing" in a long time. Wake Up!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    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.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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