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"Gute Leistungen, gutes Personal, Management bedarf der Verbesserung"

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Former Employee - Vertriebsgeschäft in Vienna (Austria)
Former Employee - Vertriebsgeschäft in Vienna (Austria)
No opinion of CEO

(Translated from English)

Pros

Das Unternehmen bietet gute Gehälter und ein gutes Leistungspaket. Es macht sich in Ihrem Lebenslauf auf jeden Fall gut, falls Sie die Firma verlassen. Sie arbeiten mit einigen sehr intelligenten Leuten voller Leidenschaft für das Unternehmen und seine Produkte zusammen.

Cons

Die Nachteile sind so ziemlich die gleichen wie bei jeder großen Firma. Viele Microsoftees hängen mit „religiöser Inbrunst“ an ihren Produkten. Oft fällt es ihnen schwer, zu akzeptieren, dass die IT-Welt ein großer, blühender Garten ist, in dem verschiedene Arten von Blumen gedeihen können, ohne einander zu stören.
Die kleine Tochtergesellschaft in Österreich litt unter einer schlechten Geschäftsleitung, deretwegen viele gute Mitarbeiter kündigten.

Advice to Management

Der Führungsstab muss aus dem Teufelskreis der Vetternwirtschaft ausbrechen. Es ist recht frustrierend zu sehen, dass Freunde von Freunden Schlüsselpositionen einnehmen, derweil wirklich kompetente Mitarbeiter auf der Stelle treten.

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  1. Helpful (15)

    "Great Company with excellent benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Change to work on emerging technologies
    Fantastic Benefits
    Most employees welcome collaboration
    CEO has reinvigorated the company

    Cons

    Older staff are laid off more frequently
    Layoffs seems to be the new norm around quarterly earnings announcement
    Revenue and profit is strong, yet layoffs persist for seemingly little business reason. A person is laid off, the job title changed and then a younger person is hired to replace them.

    Advice to Management

    Satya - you are a great business leader with great intuition on how to transform a company and their strategy. However, your new normal of layoffs is destroying morale after you inspired them with the new company direction. You said your son and wife instilled in you a level of empathy you did not have before. Unfortunately, you are not demonstrating this empathy by laying off thousands and hiring inexperienced college grads to replace season employees that have a history of accomplishment and success.


  2. Helpful (1295)

    "Thoughts after 10 years...."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    1. If you love tech, this is a great place. No doubt you'll talk tech (mostly the MSFT stack) from enterprise to consumer - from PCs to phones to Xboxes - from datacenter to desktop.

    2. What were GREAT benefits are now VERY GOOD (took a small step down) but still probably better than you'll find at 99% of large corporations. If you've got family - the value of the benefits is even higher. 401k match is nice.

    3. Even with it's struggles MSFT is still a cash printing machine. This means if you can keep your nose clean and do reasonable work, you can have a stable job, pay your bills, feed your family, and not worry (too much) about layoffs. The stock you own likely won't tank, but probably won't go up much either. You'll get a bonus each year and some stock. It's a decent life if you aren't looking to light the world on fire.

    Cons

    Brand on Your Resume: After many years of losing market share and struggling to be at the front end of innovation and the fact that there's 90,000 employees, don't think MSFT is necessarily going to be attractive on your resume to more agile and smaller companies.

    Managing Your Career: Make you say this out loud so it registers - 90,000 employees work there. Double that for vendors. It is VERY hard to "stand out" and move up in the company. Don't expect your manager to be much of an advocate or enabler to help you meet your career goals - they are basically trying to survive the stack rank every year too. Not familiar with the stack rank? Check out the 2012 Vanity Fair article called "Microsoft's Lost Decade".

    Advice to Management

    I'll type it here - but I don't they are listening...
    1. Help proven talent move laterally in the company for new opportunities.
    2. Kill/evolve the stack rank. Here's basically how it's viewed:. 30% of the company gets 1s and 2s - and they are happy. 50% get 3s and that basically feels like getting a "C" in school. This sucks for talented people when a multitude of UNCONTROLLABLE conditions keep you from getting into 1 or 2 range. The 20% getting anything below a 3 are walking dead. In summary, 70% of the company walk away from the review cycle feeling like crap. This is no good.

    After 10 years, I'm leaving - it's just a matter of time until I find the right opportunity. I need to find a company spends 90% of it's time building technology experiences, as opposed to 90% of its time building PowerPoints. And I expect to refuse the exit interview - because if you really cared what I thought, you wouldn't ask me after I decided to leave.

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