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"hit it and quit it"

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Former Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Valuable political and product design skills that will serve you well as long as they don't poison the culture at future employers. Stay there long enough to get a promotion or two, see how a big company ships large complicated pieces of software then leave.

Cons

There is no company mission except make more money. Career management basically means developing a useless skill of positioning yourself to have "visibility" and "impact". Especially pronounced at GPM or equivalent level.

If you're in the big groups (Windows/Office/STB), the build systems knowledge doesn't carry over very well. They use a hacked up version of perforce for source control and branching and integration is extremely expensive. Continuous integration simply isn't feasible yet on a system of that size (though private builds and replacing individual DLLs at certain layers is possible).

Advice to Management

Why?

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Culture of this company is degrading rapidly"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Technology is top notch, smart people, the people you work with in general, compensation

    Cons

    Senior executive leadership, performance system, stack ranking, mandatory 5% attrition and an additional 10% of ruined careers, breeding a culture of mediocrity

    Advice to Management

    Consider a change to the COO/CEO and remove the performance system that is leading to the complete fall of your culture. People are leaving and looking to leave and it is happening now.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Big time talent. Best of breed practices. Culturally corrosive."

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    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work with top notch people. Big Budgets and cutting edge practices.

    Cons

    Organizationally overwhelming. 8k marketers. The old joke is there are 5 people somewhere trying to do your job. Politically charged environment. Most managers and above are more interested in their personal success than the companies.

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