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"great company that needs a change at the helm"

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Former Employee - Account Technology Specialist (ATS) in Denver, CO
Former Employee - Account Technology Specialist (ATS) in Denver, CO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

Progressive technology company
Most products are pretty good
Good benefits and work environment
Very smart people

Cons

Walmart mentality at the helm of operations team
CEO has stayed too long and is time to go
Slipping in consumer's eyes due to lack of leadership and some very visible poor product releases
Needs to be more progressive
Many of the great HR benefits have been taken away

Advice to Management

Time for a change at the helm

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Once great."

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free Mountain Dew. Cheap software. Huge bonuses for salaried employees if they are stack-ranked into the right box. An ever-changing review system that's like Sudoku, except that the numbers don't have to add-up. There are offices in the same building as Neiman Marcus and Louis Vuitton...so, I guess that's a pro if you sold your stock before Vista came out.

    Cons

    Regular RIFs (Reduction in Force) that are labeled "re-organization." RIF-ed positions subsequently become contract positions if they do not disappear altogether. Employees regularly refer to the company as the Titanic: too big a ship to turn around. The place lost it's ability to get things done quickly and is instead just a big, red-tape-y, uninspiring bore. It is NOT the place it was when BillG was there, despite SteveB's enthusiasm for kicking @$$. The stock is as stagnant as the innovating.

    Advice to Management

    Human Relations (the org should be re-titled. Something with the word "robotic" or "obstacle"), Investor Relations (has no real idea what is going on in your organization because they are literally getting their info from blogs because teams they represent don't share strategy or project info with IR), and your PR (great at talking without communicating, and thus often retracting or backpedaling as it makes statements) departments are as overdue for genuine revamping as everything else Msft does. Special note: you've brought new meaning to "making it over the hump" by letting go of FTEs on Wednesdays. Perhaps, less bragging about how Msft spends ENORMOUS sums on R&D when we don't actually see results from it as compared companies who spend far less.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Disappointed with the work culture"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    * Good salary, sign-on stock bonus
    * Good health benefits, not so good anymore
    * Brilliant co-workers

    Cons

    * Extremely aggressive culture
    * Groupism, tendency to not let new people in

    Advice to Management

    Change the performance review system to encourage co-operation and knowledge sharing among employees. Manager needs to ensure that the team attitude towards new employees should be one of inclusion, make it easy for them to adapt to the new product, teammates, processes at Microsoft.

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