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Current Employee - Program Manager II in Bellevue, WA
Current Employee - Program Manager II in Bellevue, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Good Salary & Benefits
Intelligent people
Plenty of exciting projects
Challenging
Plenty of scope to grow
Strong engineering culture
Plenty of opportunities within the company
Fun place to work

Cons

Stack ranking
Excessive politics
Visibility over substance
People tend to get stuck at middle levels
Plenty of people frustrated about lack of collaboration and teamwork
There is a sense that we are not as innovative as we could be
Can be a bit bureaucratic at times
Not enough women in engineering roles
Risk taking is not rewarded
Managers are not as strong as they could be

Advice to Management

Get rid of stack ranking. This will encourage collaboration and innovation and reduce the number of people who seek visibility rather than having an impact on the product. The current system tends to encourage employees to undermine each other because they know that someone else's success means my downfall. This also creates unnecessary stress and distracts from the actual work.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits and interesting opportunities, but unclear strategy and a toxic review system."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Content Publishing Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Content Publishing Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easily the best health benefits of any company or organization I'm aware of worldwide. Strong internal and corporate support for diversity and progressive social issues like same-sex partnerships. Wonderful corporate values.

    Cons

    Total lack of clarity on the company's strategic direction; Microsoft doesn't need to have a finger in every pie. The new review model (or resurrection of the old one, if you've been at the company longer than five years) creates a toxic environment of mistrust and wasteful internal competition between teammates -- from the individual contributor level all the way up through executives. As if all that weren't bad enough, it's impossible to maintain any sort of work/life balance: Expect to end up working 10-12 hours regularly, with "death marches" near releases.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the broken review model, get out of irrelevant international markets, and quit trying to get into every product category -- no, you CAN'T do it all!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "incredible opportunities that simply do not exist elsewhere"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy, Commitment, Funding, Brand Cache, Smart Peers, Great Researchers, Great Marketing

    Cons

    Politics
    Reputation
    Poor HR methods lead to disfunctional atmosphere

    Advice to Management

    Stop the Jack Welch wannabe draconian tactics. Respect the people you have for who they are, not where they fit on your curve

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