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"Competitive stack-ranking, and limited career growth outside of Redmond"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Benefits are great for now, company is respected as hiring top talent so looks good on a resume/CV, and top performers as compared to peers receive good pay increases and career opportunities in general.

Cons

Culture has become internally competitive, confidence is rewarded over self-criticism (a msft core value, no longer widely evident), matrixed org is complex and decision ownership is unclear but consensus is still somehow expected, 'stack ranking' is perceived as a popularity contest vs. supported by outcomes and data, simplification efforts happen in silos creating even more complexity and duplication, and there is little tolerance for the complex and thoughtful planning needed for org-wide systemic solutions.

Advice to Management

Stop rewarding shoot-from-the-hip behavior and solutions, and keep stack ranking under control so that it's not being done in small teams (which it is today).

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    "Only if you are a robot, otherwise do yourself a favor and consider something different"

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    Former Employee - PUM in Haifa (Israel)
    Former Employee - PUM in Haifa (Israel)
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large organization, stable, excellent salary/benefits

    Cons

    No room for innovation. Management style is the opposite of empowering..Reorg every 3 months. Changed 7 GM/VP managers in less than 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    The world has changed. Making just "Windows great" or other long standing mega successful products is by no means a reasonable strategy anymore. It is about time to think for the user real needs and users wishes and enabling the user and not narrowing it down to the two incredible milking cows of Office and Windows.
    If Microsoft was "the client company", it would have put the energy in creating all the best experience client OS+Platform and killer apps. for Phones & Tablets. Instead MS is now left with Best desktop OS, and arguably reasonable server OS. Perhaps Win8 will change that slightly... but feels like too much coming from behind.
    Lastly if there will 2 advises on internal culture that I will recommend you to consider:
    1. Ensure no cookie licking phenomena exist and be brutal about attempts of groups to increase their scope beyond reasonable proportion just to have their safety.
    2. Judge managers by how much they were able to empower and grow people and NOT by how much detailed their business reviews were. With the amount of intellect in the company it is amazing how much is energy and time are thrown away by ridiculous arrogant mid level managers (GM/VP)


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    "Micrsoft, the big company."

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    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer In Test
    Current Intern - Software Development Engineer In Test
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    a really good enviroment to work in.

    Cons

    The company being sooo big!.

    Advice to Management

    Try helping the interns in their starts to get familiar with the company and what they're going to do faster.

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