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Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Director MCS

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative company, smart people, makes lots of products

    Cons

    Toxic culture. Significant infighting. Microsoft prizes tenure (which is generally good) but in MSFT case long term employees focus on preserving turf to allow them to "Rest and Vest" at the expense of new ideas, high performance and innovation

    Advice to Management

    clean house of middle management, Sincerely revamp performance system. Current one is a a shell game optical shift from stack ranking.

  2. Helpful (2)

    The culture has been is slipping and has not found its bottom yet

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are still in the top quartile in the industry. Opportunity to make world-changing contribution.

    Cons

    Entrenched politics in most groups. Knowing the right people and ability to embellish is more important than pursuing productivity and customer satisfaction.

    Advice to Management

    Look back at the last year and reflect. The layoffs had a huge cost in money and morale. Many teams are struggling to ship on time e.g. Hololens, because of lack of resources. Attrition is much higher than it has been in the past because employees do not feel safe. People are more focussed on staying out of trouble and less interested in changing the world. This is no longer the company that used to place highest value in people.

  3. Don't waste engineer path in Microsoft

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Senior HW Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior HW Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    High salary, no state tax

    Cons

    No innovation for product, High title engineers afraid of newer hires because of their knowledge are dull

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  5. Helpful (5)

    A Fear-based Culture Only Creates Professional Cowards.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Lead Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Lead Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It could be an interesting company to work for as it still seems to attract talented and intelligent people, has market share and revenue enough to try new or disruptive products/services. But because the leadership of the company is feudal and constantly reverses itself, and the middle management is left to itself to create a Disney-sized theme park dedicated to "Lord of the Flies" style handling of their human chattel, none of the pros matter much.

    Cons

    Very little of the old company remained when I went back. The stock benefits are gone replaced with a partner level elitist group managing the company to maintain their own comfort rather than innovate or compete. Stock itself is meaningless, and the pay and benefits is marginal (both of which are not real reasons to join a company, but are part of the old myth of MS's wealth and prosperity, which is long gone.) Innovation is of course routinely suppressed and rejected. There are so many "cons" to list that this would be an entire compendium of books (for example book #22 would be "Harry Potter and the Abominable Review System that Keeps Wage Slaves in Their Place"). So I'll skip to the end: Microsoft refuses to change and keep with modernization of technology. Its hard to blame them, as IBM did the same thing with mainframes to maintain their market position and profit. In the future, you will see a time when MS executives are on the street trying to sell a CDROM, shrink-wrapped version of Windows 22/Office 2023 with the tag-line of "Its all we really understand how to make". And don't be drawn in by their lip-service to anything "cloud" or "online"...they'll revert back to shrink-wrapped product on 1.44 floppy disk given even the smallest chance trying to relive the "glory days" of their revenue heydays.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps the government mandated breakup would have been helpful... I would advise to tear it all down and start again (which did start happening).

  6. Helpful (2)

    Terrible as always

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    Former Contractor - User Experience Designer in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - User Experience Designer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some really cool, smart people .... on some teams

    Cons

    Terrible management. And it goes all the way up the chain. If you don't fit the 'ideal' employee you will not succeed. They want an army of robots and if you differ you'll be spit out.

    Advice to Management

    Hire all new management and fire yourselves.... you'll do the company a favor.

  7. Working here is exactly like working for a corrupt government office

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The company was the leader of the industry 2 decades ago now it is the joke of the industry

    Cons

    There is no leadership because leadership positions are infested by the overpaid parasites. The company is directed by the impulses of these parasites' for survival. Working here is exactly like working for a corrupt government office.

    Advice to Management

    leave

  8. Helpful (5)

    They may no longer use stack ranking, but the people managers and the culture haven't changed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I was able to work on many different projects and many different teams using many different technologies, and I worked under many different managers. They offer a lot of ways to continue your education and foster ways of working on your career goals.

    Cons

    I found that the company does not know how to address politics and the associated conflicts with collaboration properly - especially managers. As a result you find yourself in situations where you simply cannot resolve these political issues and management cannot do anything. It becomes just a matter of time before it gets out of control, dysfunction sets in and it impacts the delivery of projects.

    Advice to Management

    Build trust with your employees by showing them that you take their political conflicts and concerns seriously and that you will follow up and resolve them. Doing this could be the single greatest way to unlock the potential productivity that seems to elude many teams.

  9. Helpful (3)

    Don't work here

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    Former Employee - Service Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Service Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    None that I can think of, unless you consider being verbally assaulted and bullied by your Manager on a daily basis.

    Cons

    HR is faulty if you have an issue with your Manager they turn it around on you and make it your fault. Managers are horrible they are allowed to pretty much bully you until you decide to quit or have a mental break down.

    Advice to Management

    Better work life balance, better MANAGERS, better HR system.

  10. Program Manager II

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Mostly good peers. Always something new to learn. Fast pace.

    Cons

    No mechanism to challenge a bad manager review. Top down management.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the great people you hire.

  11. Helpful (3)

    Bad senior management team

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Surrounded by smart people.
    - Great benefits.
    - Potential to learn something new everyday.

    Cons

    - Poor senior leadership team that does not listen. Head strong senior management that does not even listen to its immediate reports. Subtle retaliation if you speak up. Lack of transparency.
    - Poor quality of products due to reducing QA efforts.

    Advice to Management

    People are the most valuable assets. Nourish and encourage them. Hold senior execs accountable to past failures. Do not encourage political behavior. Eg: Have legal scan for political behavioral patterns in terms of nominations during re-org. No "he is my guy" behavior.

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