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"What it's like to work for Microsoft, outside Redmond."

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Mountain View, CA
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No opinion of CEO

Pros

Microsoft takes great care of its employees. I feel that they invest a lot in their employees, from training to funding/empowering your projects, and they have set up frameworks to make sure your manager supports your career development. The 100% free health care/dental/vision benefits completely remove stress from that area of your life.

Cons

The biggest downside of working for Microsoft, but outside Redmond headquarters, is the poor brand reputation among everyone outside Microsoft, especially in Silicon Valley. They are not known for creating great consumer services, so they are not well liked when compared to other consumer-centric companies. That cuts into the pride I have in working for Microsoft - only the employees inside learn what a great company it is. That might be fine when you live in the Seattle area where Microsoft dominates, but it's pretty hard in the field when everyone favors your competitors.
Because Microsoft is such a large company, you may feel that you don't have as much control of your projects as you would have in a smaller company. They have a team and a framework or template for everything, so sometimes it feels like you can just turn off your brain and use all the resources they have set up.

Advice to Management

If you're going to do consumer services, do them right - stop releasing junk that just erodes Microsoft brand value. Don't pat yourself on the back for how many users you got just by coasting on the Microsoft/MSN brands. Go for the smart silicon valley users by actually building a superior consumer service (based on consumer needs, not feature lists) - this will take a complete reinvention of the services from the ground up, instead of tacking on new features to old code bases, frankenstein-style.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "MS: Great medical but no career path for admins!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Business Administrator in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Executive Business Administrator in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benifits! They Rock! Love the medical!

    Cons

    lack of upward movement for admins

    Advice to Management

    Create a better career path for admins!!!!!


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    "A challenging, rewarding environment with great benefits"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Microsoft offers some of the best opportunities in the industry for personal and professional advancement. There is quite simply no other company in the world that will offer you the resources to grow to as deep of a technical level. Community involvement in the form of blogging, attending industry events, presenting, and even time for charity work are all highly encouraged. The medical benefits are the best of any US company, hands down - I have never paid a penny for any clinic or hospital visit, including when my child was born. Management tends to be fairly hands-off in support as long as you are producing and competent. Compensation is excellent with generous stock awards and occassional cash bonuses. Yearly salary increases can be close to double-digits for high performers.

    Cons

    The things that make Microsoft such a good fit for some make it extremely stressful for others. You will be expected to guide your own career and to be responsible for much of your own learning. This means that you'll probably always be reading up on something and will always feel a littel behind. You'll never acheive a comfort zone in terms of career growth. The environment is competetive, and laid back types who just want to "come in and do my job" will be limited in how far they can advance. Travel is required. Working with outsourcers overseas can be stressful and unrewarding because there is no mentoring relationship to speak of - you will be dealing with lowest common denominator individuals overseas who have no incentive to learn or better themselves because the people back in the States can always get them out of a bind. Support tends to be underfunded, and you will not have all of the benefits that people in the Redmond campus have (but you won't pay $500K for a shabby house an hour away from work, either).

    Advice to Management

    I try not to focus on the political underpinnings of management at Microsoft. The decicisions that are made about global marketing and strategy encompass a dizzying array of international legal and trade intricacies. If I had one to do item, it would be to pull all support back to the US and wrap the cost in to the product (or charge more, or both). Customers universally hate talking to people in India, despite what any cooked surveys may say.


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