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"Good but changing"

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  • 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

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place if your manager likes you"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you work there and have a good manager, make them successful and follow them as their career advances. That's one way to succeed...

    Cons

    Reorgs take their toll as you can end up with a new manager every few months. With the ranking system in place, it's easy to clash with a new manager who has to 'contribute' someone to the bottom of the ranking and once that happens don't expect to recover - or to find a good job in another group.

    Advice to Management

    Read the Vanity Fair article once a week... Start thinking about why the person was hired and where their skills, experience and talents could be used rather than simply dumping them and them ending up with as many open positions are there are - and crying for more work permits.


  2. "Company that walks the talk, but you need to understand the politics behind"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Solution Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Solution Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great place to work with great benefits
    - Work/life balance may not be ideal, but management is very interested to improve it
    - Stable and complex organization that will certainly provide you great experience
    - Great exit options and great place to build a long-term career

    Cons

    - Unless you understand the politics behind, you are not going to move up quickly
    - Even when you do, most of the opportunities are lateral
    - You are not changing the world, most of the time, you are just making sure it doesn't fall apart

    Advice to Management

    If you are a middle manager, help your employees to understand how to be successful--not just by working hard--but by working smarter.

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