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"Great company to work for"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Great company & management. Highly recommend.

Cons

Test/ and M are mostly overhead.

Advice to Management

Eliminate test discipline.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Know your criteria, constraints and career objectives before you commit."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, notably Insurance coverage
    Learning resources, especially for those early in their career.
    Cultural diversity

    Cons

    There are still differences in organizational culture from group to group inside of Microsoft. Unfortunately this healthy heterogeneity is disappearing, and the trend is movement in the wrong direction. Those groups that treat people with respect as individuals and team players versus commodities, that insist on transparency top, down and sideways, and that have strong, collaborative leadership founded on integrity - they are increasingly harder to find.
    For those groups that lack these characteristics, the annual performance review model is organizationally poisonous, damaging team cohesion, productivity, and employee morale. Team members are distracted from collaboratively delivering business value by necessary attention to political visibility. Problems and delivered solutions may be artificially inflated or worse, manufactured in the interest of management support at review time.
    Performance management, employee recognition and rewards are all critical management accountabilities in any organization. However, these accountabilities are not best assured by forcing managers to fit their staff review results to a static distribution curve regardless of overall team talent.
    Careers can end quickly despite an employee's current and long term positive performance track record. If the manager relationship sours, or the employee expresses interest in moving elsewhere in the company, managers will often leverage that employee to fill the poor performance quota.
    As risk tolerance falls, bureaucracy grows. The increasing administrative burden is further degrading conditions necessary to team agility, efficiency and innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Proactively validate, recognize and resolve risks to the future of the company. Find the courage to identify and eliminate behaviors founded on self-serving preservation, and reward those based on integrity. Start with management at all levels. Extend the performance review model to reward not only individual but team, group, and company. Proof the review model against managers without integrity. Leverage the value in increasingly frequent exit interviews to reduce their frequency in the future. Reduce the corporate risk target with spin offs for multiple lines of business. Read "From Good to Great" very soon. Demand transparency, collaboration and respect as cultural imperatives, and eliminate all personnel, policies or environmental conditions that constraint them.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Stagnent"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Use to have great health insurance - Changed in 2013 to a major pay cut

    Cons

    Re-org will not fix the problems.
    Work life balance is no longer acceptable, work more

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to new blood


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