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"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.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Flexible and fun"

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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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A lot of variety in the things you can do, this compay had hundreds of teams working on hundreds of different products & services from healthcare to education to automotive to games. The fun never stops.

    Cons

    A large company means things flow top down, means a lot of teams to coordinate with, means cost cutting, means beaurocracy and less autonomy. There is still the old-boys club mentality though it is slowly changing. Not very many women at the top, especially in engineering.

    Advice to Management

    telecommuting is the future of tomorow's workplace, and a great way to save.

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