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"Happy Microsofter"

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Current Employee - Marketing Director in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Marketing Director in Seattle, WA
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Benefit and the bonus package

Cons

Too busy and long work schedule

Advice to Management

Be human to your employee

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Great company, but keeping motivated is hard"

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    Current Employee - Senior Lead Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Lead Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The best reasons to join Microsoft are the sheer number of talented people around, the incredible reach our products have, and the amount of available resources (money, equipment) to build pretty much anything. Where else will you build a 500 person team (with at least 300 very good people) in one year and get a couple hundred million dollars to deliver a new product? I have been through that process twice in my eight years with the company.
    Twenty percent time is crap. At Microsoft you can move across groups every 12 months if you want and I don't know of any other place where you have so many different products and team cultures. From very slow, calculated teams like SQL to extremely nimble and fast (and startup crazy-like) teams like Search and AdCenter.

    Cons

    It is a large company so new projects will only impact the stock value if they are multi-billion dollar projects. Selling U$100 million dollars on your first year is great, but not enough at Microsoft. That leads to diminished innovation. The stock sucks; for instance, SQL grows 20% year over year and the the team sees what? Flat stock - let's talk about demotivation.
    Employees receive a barrage of negative media. The vast majority of Microsoft employees are ethical, hard working, care deeply about customers and are self-critical to a fault. What do they get in return? Almost unanymous negative feedback about monopolistic behavior and absolute focus on negative reviews.
    Legacy support. Microsoft chose to create an ecosystem and a lot of people got rich in the process. The downside? Try to change something in Windows and see what breaks. Then see who the public blames for it.
    Microsoft has too many mid-management layers. The message from the top gets distorted and morphed to accomodate the mid-management agenda. And feedback from the bottom gets muffled and morphed to support that very same agenda. It is somewhat unfortunate the the middle layer is more concerned about keep things moving than to innovate. I also see no vision coming out that middle management layer.
    It is harder to collaborate with certain internal groups (e.g. Office, Live Search) than with competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Reach out to the top shelf where you left your courage (since it is clear you used to have it) and go do what is right for customers and shareholder. If that means breaking the company up, then be proactive and do it so shareholders get their best value.
    Pay attention to partners that understand their customers and, when possible, accomodate other OEMs. But the real driver has to be the customer. If the customer is not excited about our products we're dead.


  2. "The empire is too big to dance now"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to work on any aspect of Computer Science you want. There are some really good engineers here. You get some unique experience that you cannot get from other places. Seattle is a beautiful places.

    Cons

    Compensation for entry level engineer is not very good. People are losing the passion now. It is a big company that is not an innovation company now. The antitrust really hurts the moral of the company and comparing with its main competitor in the internet. Its response speed is slow. This makes it has slow response on the market. Too many PM tries to make things mess because they need to show their visibility.

    Advice to Management

    The passion of innovation and the support of producing better product is something we need to really think about

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