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"Very good employer with reasonable benefits"

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

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

Pros

Relaxed environment
Flexible work hours and ability to work from home
Leading edge technologies
Annual poll actually has an impact on the way thiings are done.

Cons

Benefits have been erroded in recent times esp health care
Stock has been stagnant for over 10 years
Missed the boat on recent wave of innovation (phones, tablets)
Career opportunities limited if not in product groups

Advice to Management

Reorgs are disruptive. Build an org and stick to it for a couple of years.
The MS Health plan was a major factor in attracting talent. The new HSA sucks and will have an adverse effect on recruitment.
Admit to failures as well as celebratin the successes. We gnerally had to find out about things such as the Kin and aQuantive fiascos in the press.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Microsoft"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people, good technology and so so benefits

    Cons

    bureaucratic to the nth degree

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the review model and the scorecard


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    "Some divisions at MSFT are better than others, but bad management and performance review systems are a universal pain."

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    Former Employee - Service Engineer In Operations in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Service Engineer In Operations in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The perks are generally good; even the new, crappier health insurance is pretty good. There are a LOT of really smart, dedicated people there. The trick is to work in a division that's currently got a shiny object, like Xbox or Azure.

    Cons

    The performance review system is a nightmare, and the bane of every employee. Nobody is really under the impression that Ballmer or his immediate reports have any real strategy for what they're doing. The internal politics are different among the various divisions, and some are very, very bad. I would recommend avoiding work in the Online Services Division at all cost.

    Advice to Management

    Steve Ballmer needs to go and the performance review and career management systems need to be rewritten from the ground up to emphasize teamwork and customer focus, both of which are sorely lacking now. When you spend a bunch of money on an acquisition, maybe try learning from how they ran things instead of cramming the Microsoft Way down their throats. (Best of luck with Skype. Hope you don't do to them what you did to aQuantive.)

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