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"Wonderful opportunity, sometimes the company gets in their own way"

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Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Lots of opportunity to move around, great benefits, making something big happen in the world. Smart people, a cultural wonder. A well-intentioned company and unfortunately, often misunderstood and even wrongfully demonized by the public/media. The company is MUCH BETTER than the 'haters' are eager to point out.

Cons

Organizationally, Microsoft is top heavy- few do the legwork which is largely done by vendors --contrast this to Amazon where each employee does their outward-facing work (Amazon is, however burning out their employees so there is a balance somewhere).

Microsoft has long had too much consensus-based decision-making which slows the company down.

Advice to Management

Work on getting MS people to balance vision with EXECUTION. Today, there are many visionaries but need more of their fingerprint in the work that is actually delivered out to the world.
I would say 90% of most MS employees' time is spent in internal meetings or trying to build their internal brand. Instead, 80% of their time should be spent developing something that the world can consume, not decks to impress execs. (less MYR, more GTM).
Also need more right-hand/left-hand orchestration so that groups can discover what one another is doing. e.g. the Insight 360 could be used not only as a personality tool, but as a goal-sharing tool that everyone shared openly to articulate what they need from one another. There is a template for that ready to execute in the program. WWSM memos were great but they break down at the GM level and lower.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (3)

    "It's a big company, with all the pluses and minuses"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love the people I work with -- team, customers and Microsoft partners
    The quality of the work is interesting and intellectually rich
    Benefits have been outstanding, this year a big change in the medical benefits but still probably in top 10%
    Despite the awful stack ranking HR system which encourages backstabbing, there's actually a lot of good teamwork and camaraderie at the work group level

    Cons

    Internal politics truly Machiavellian
    It's a better place for either junior people starting their career or for the so-called "partner" level people (L68 and over) For those of us crowded at the upper director, senior director roles, it's pretty ugly and there's a lot of people leaving or planning to at that level. Very few career opportunities to advance for people with experience.
    Uninspired executives
    Totally Redmond-centric, not really a global company

    Advice to Management

    Our HR system is at total odds with the culture you say you want to create. We all know it. Do something.


  2. "Great place to work. Big jobs, great resources, up-to-date technology, encourages risk-taking"

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    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    access to great tech and wicked smart people. lots of budget and resources to actually get things done

    Cons

    tough and very competitive performance model.

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