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"Amazing place to grow skills and a career"

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Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

We make big things happen every day. Innovative people, great products, profound impact on society. Smart people, cool technologies, learn something new every day.

Cons

It can be demotivating to read the perspectives some people have of Microsoft - which are often based on how Microsoft behaved ten years ago, rather than the company it is today.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Boring place where politics often winning over common sense"

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    Current Employee - Lead Developer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Lead Developer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance could be very good. Depends on a group, but you still may get a chance to work with very intelligent and competent people. Very good benefits this year, however 2013 benefits will take a major hit

    Cons

    Performance model suitable for manual labor blue color workers applied to creative workers, software developers. This model creates unnecessary office politics, seriously damages team spirit and make many employees and managers focus on what needs to be done to look good at their next review instead of building a successful products customers would be delighted to use.
    New Sinofski philosophy also bring collective "responsibility" of trio-manager (Dev Manager, Program manager and Test manager) instead of personal responsibility of General Manager.
    In many cases we are getting "design by committee" / "deside by committee" environments.
    I am yet to be convinced it'll bring more good rather than harm.

    Advice to Management

    Change performance management model to promote teamwork and align employees and managers interests towards shipping successful, commercially valuable products.
    Current curve simple promote individualism and make decision making bias toward short-term career goals instead of long term product or company success.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great learning, resume builder, too political"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to new technologies/products all the time
    Good benefits
    Opportunities to learn and improve skills
    Opportunities to move to different groups

    Cons

    Management is more concerned with their feuds and own promotions than with the long term benefit of the company; it is a very political environment, if you're close to your manager, or even better, with your skip level manager you're safe...

    Advice to Management

    Change rewarding policy so leaders should focus on the overall long term benefit of the company, not on their short term accomplishments, narrow vision.

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