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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.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (1)

    "#72 in 100 Fortune Best Companies to Work For"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good corporate environment,
    Good benefits and career opportunities

    Cons

    Slow moving company
    Internal politics dominate the scene

    Advice to Management

    Wake Up!


  2. "Best company in the NW, hands down"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits; great pay; super smart people

    Cons

    Competitive, long work hours, poor planning

    Advice to Management

    Be better at management

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