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"Entrpreneurial with a BIG VC (Microsoft), energetic, creative, competitive, great people, love it."

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Current Employee - General Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - General Manager in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Exciting, great industry, excellent leadership, fast-paced, global, investing more in the future.

Cons

Big meritocracy; must love being measured for everything.

Advice to Management

Keep recognzing good performers outside of the normal performance process. More at-a-boys and at-a-girls go a long way.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Premier Engineering (not a long term carreer job opportunity)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Premier Field Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Premier Field Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fair to above average salary compared to the industry averages and a good work environment for those who know how to play the corporate game well (without stabbing your co-workers in the back).

    Cons

    Microsoft has a strange and extremely diskliked process of "Stack Ranking" where each time is required to have 20% below average employees regardless of how good the team actually is. This cause team members to compete more against each other and back stabbing compared to competing against other companies with similar products and doing so as a team. Also if you stay in the same position long enough then they will tell you that you are no longer "growing" and should look for another job and then a year later they may ask you to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Drop the Stack Ranking and promote an environment where each team is competing against our real competitors instead of competing against team against team and employee against employee.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Depends on your team"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Make sure you have a good lead who stands up for you. If you don't then get out of this team as quick as possible. Without a lead that supports you, your career won't go anywhere fast at MSFT.
    - Compensation and benefits package are above average.
    - The company is starting to perform well. The underdog role suits MSFT.

    Cons

    - Management above your lead oftentimes have no clue how to work with the product and have no interest in learning.
    - Little visibility into what the leads and managers do with all their time.
    - Lots of pointless meetings and red tape.
    - if you have a good team with standup people than you will like your job but oftentimes you have bad eggs at high-ish level positions
    - The curve is awful. Makes you constantly have to watch your back.
    - Too much emphasis on visibility. If you do great work but the powers that be don't see it, you won't be rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Take a strong look at your management. Determine whether they are actually needed or not.


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