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"General Manager"

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Current Employee - General Manager in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - General Manager in Seattle, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Great pay and benefits, great technology.

Cons

Top heavy, everyone trying to get to high level jobs instead of doing their jobs. Higher levels taking credit for work done by their employees. Very internally focused, MS competes more internally than it does externally.

Advice to Management

Get a clue. You are destroying a once great company. The technology is superior but MS needs to learn how to market products beyond product launch. Once the product is launched everyone thinks the job is done. You have changed the compensation program so that managers no longer can incent the right behaviors of employees, common sense has been removed from the system. Stop getting rid of you high paid employees. They still have a lot of knowledge that will take the company to the future. To many politics, have to play games to get ahead. Instead get rid of the people that are just along for the ride or those who Power Point themselves to promotion. Presentations do not guarantee execution............

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (7)

    "Overall a good company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A great company overall. Pay is very competitive and even thought recent changes to benefit packages are passing more costs on to the employee, they are still among the very best.

    Cons

    due to years of stagnant growth, it is increasingly difficult to move up the ladder. Make sure you are happy with the job you start in, because stories about moving jobs after 18 months are largely untrue.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at the review system. I work in a team of Ivy league educated peers and forcing top performers in to a forced bell curve creates a negative/cut throat work environment. If I leave Microsoft, it will be because I want a happier and more team oriented work environment.


  2. "Good but changing"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Product Marketing in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director of Product Marketing in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great access to latest technology, you get all the tools you need.
    Excellent challenges, always keeps you busy.
    Sounds like a cliché, but you get the chance to work on products used by everyone

    Cons

    Culture is definitely changing
    It's up to you to "manage your career" and find good work-life balance

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