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Enriching by observing what to do and what not to do

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Manager in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Senior Manager in Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Microsoft

Disapproves of CEO
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Work with bright pPeople
Technology availability
Benefits

Cons

Too political
Some higher managers not properly qualified

Advice to Management

Stop looking after their own careers and more about their people and projects

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  1. Helpful (3)

    It's either heaven or hell

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some great people there, if you're lucky enough to get a good team. The benefits (up till now) have been top of the chart. There is opportunity for growth, if you have a manager who believes in you.

    Cons

    It's become extremely political. One bad manager can ruin your career. Senior management focuses too much on competing with Apple and Google, instead of making a better product. The review system is hell. Managers are forced to put someone in the bottom 10% "underperformed," even if they have done an adequate job. Once you get that 10%, you're basically fired. If I'd been told about this review system, I would never have gone to work as an FTE there.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the current review system; encourage teamwork instead of individual performance; make reporting structure to the person you support, not a middle manager or executive assistant who is not part of your daily work life.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Stable employer if you only want a Job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Hands on latest software technologies

    Cons

    Very few opportunites for a progressive career outside of corporate location in Redmond. Excessive levels of management that are out of touch with the actual business. Reviews are mostly based on subjectivity and not objective metrics.

    Advice to Management

    Understand your employees are no different that the company. We want to advance our opportunities and increase our revenue as well. When the company is able to do that the employees should realize similar results. Employee compensation expecations can no longer be met with increasing stock prices since for 10 years the stock has only traded sideways.


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