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"Great for 16 years, awful for one."

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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Microsoft is a big company with a tremendous number of great people and opportunities. I was able to have several different "careers" by working for different organizations within the company. I could retain the great benefits and seniority while growing my salary and experiences.

Cons

The stack ranking and review system is awful. All it takes is one bad manager, or the sudden loss of a good manager, to quickly go from being a star to a low-ranked candidate on the way out the door. Microsoft has lost many, many excellent, dedicated employees due to the current review system.

Advice to Management

Empowered middle managers (GMs and directors) are able to ruin an employee's career in an instant. Senior management should keep an eye on this behavior because it is eroding the company's talent base.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Company is changing"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Technology Specialist (ATS) in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Technology Specialist (ATS) in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large, great pay and benefits

    Cons

    Losing the trust in your employees. Micromanagement is now the standard instead of trust.

    Advice to Management

    When you hire Sr. people, trust they will do the job and if the numbers are there, let them run with their role.


  2. "Good Pay, Great Benefits - death by committee!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Partner Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Partner Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I really like the culture of Microsoft as well as how they treat there employees. The work was fast paced and challenging. It's a hard company to get into - but once you are there, if you do good work you will be recognized.

    Cons

    Typical meeting had 10-15 people all with laptops open reading email, ignoring the topic at hand as they usually had no "say" and were just in the loop so as to spread responsibility. Very bureaucratic.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your managers - or fire them. If you have more than three people in a room chances are a lot of time is going to get wasted that should have been used productively. Use email and polls to get buy-in.

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