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

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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. "Microsoft is and will remain the place to be for high tech professionals that want to make a difference."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is no better workplace in the world of High Tech companies to achieve Accomplishment, Challenge, Stability, Experience, Flexibility.

    1. Achieve accomplishment because you know that the products and services you build will most likely impact millions of people all over the world. This is a very powerful reason to wake up and come to work every morning.

    2. Challenge yourself to be as good as you can be to contribute to a team with some of the best minds in the industry.

    3. Develop a work and life balance that is not possible in most of the startup and smaller companies who expect your long term family and personal priorities be sacrificed for their short term gain.

    4. Gain invaluable experience and discipline in building world-class software. This experience alone will make you a much complete professional and can be transfered to other places.

    5. Flexibility and choice on the type of work, the specific project and the way of working that best matches your own interests and skills. Not to mention unlimited training opportunities, flexible work hours and balance of work and life priorities.

    Cons

    Lack of good "people managers", Troublesome process to recognize and award achievements, LAck of cross-group collaboration.

    Advice to Management

    Help frontline managers make MORE people feel valued and recognized.


  2. "Microsoft is all about access (no pun intended)"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Microsoft gives you access to Billions of customers. This is something most companies can't even dream of offering. If you're the kind of person that likes to see impact, then Microsoft is probably the best place to work. The people are wonderful and the campus is beautiful. Moreover the work culture is very casual. I used to walk into work at 1pm sometimes, Microsoft isnt face-time driven and your schedule is given a lot of importance, all you have to do is meet your deadlines. Microsoft gives you access to the most customers and to the best exit opportunities in the industry.

    Cons

    The management can get a little beaureacratic from time to time.

    Advice to Management

    Be less beureaucratric. Microsoft is a meritocracy and this sentiment is being neglected (not completely, but enough).

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