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"Middle management ennui"

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Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

- incredible benefits
- large pool of internal jobs/opportunities to choose from
- easy to move from group to group, as long as you're self-directed
- more attuned and accommodating to your family needs

Cons

- growing inertia to make tough management decisions. creates a culture of protection and not screwing up instead of seeking new opportunities
- little regard or reward for people skills, building a cohesive team
- always on-call with work and emails

Advice to Management

Over the past decade, Microsoft has often stated a commitment to building and training management within their ranks. While there are ample opportunities to improve your technical and functional skills, there continues to be an abyss on fostering, building, and valuing people management skills at the company.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Microsoft is moving towards a "typical" big company era"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits & Compensation IMO is still the best even after all the changes - esp if you have a family to look after. Being a big company also means there are many different product/industries that you can work in. If you are willing to look, with a bit of luck and networking you will usually find your best fit team very easily.

    Cons

    - Sometimes there are just too much process.
    - And the review system just promote internal conflict instead of internal harmony IMO. I think the management has yet to show anyone that they are serious about getting product teams work together.
    - The overall company culture does not promote job/idea exploration within the company. E.g. the overall process of pitching ideas, getting a review of your ideas, and getting resources for ideas are non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    If the management cannot figure out how to create an atmosphere of collaboration, then long term it will harm MS's ability to be the vision leader that it wants to be. So first please fix the review and process to allow better collaboration.


  2. "My 2 cents"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get a chance to work on great product

    Cons

    Company is huge so the sense of existence is relatively weaker

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