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"Business Units in the Company can be very different"

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Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

You own your career and can move regularly into different teams, businesses and roles. If you like to travel, this is the place to be. The pay is good and the access to technology thru the store and employee benefits are fantastic.The company has great programs for promoting performance - spot awards, high performance awards, etc. It's wasy to move around the company and find a team that is where one feels comfortable.

Cons

You must move regularly else risk being labelled as stale.If you have a family and don't like being on the road 6 days a week, this is not the place to be. Company provided hardware is sub-standard. The review model is completely random in application of merit and compensation with the rules chaning up to the last minute. Even in management it's unclear where performance will fall out until the day before reviews are to be delivered.

Advice to Management

Publish short term and long term strategic vision and then build implementation plans to execute against. From the top tiers of the company all the way down to first line managers, chaos and reacting to external forces appear to be the norm. Employees don't know what's important until after it's too late to fix. It would be good to see managers at all levels understand what is happening multiple levels below them. I see most managers content with messages from their subordinates who are very good at "managing up" their specific messages - even if the reality is that things are 180 from what they are being told. Random checking by managers at all levels would help improve communication and understanding.

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    "If you market yourself, build your brand, you can do well."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Technology Specialist (ATS) in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Technology Specialist (ATS) in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Very little late night or week end work on your actual job.

    Cons

    Stack ranking requires you to constantly market yourself and your accomplishements to other managers. If you are the person who likes to work hard, do a great job, and be recognized for it, this is not the place for you. You have to spend 15-20% of your time telling other people how great you are. Those who do it well rise quickly.

    Advice to Management

    There has to be a better way to recognize talent in your teams. Find it.


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    "Used to be great"

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    Former Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, free unlimited sodas, the setup company for working inside to get stuff done. MSFT still can be one of the best places to work.

    Cons

    The SCORECARD has become the thorn in everyones side. Working not to make the business great but to hit scorecard metrics continues to be the big rub.

    Advice to Management

    Horrible middle management eliminates one great worker after another that walk out the door with separate packages and a tone of MSFT IP in their heads. Stop this.

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