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"Great company to work for."

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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Product Manager in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Product Manager in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Great salary and benefits. Very rewarding work environment for most of the people I know.

Cons

The company used to be filled with the smartest people in the world. Now, not so much.

Advice to Management

Go back to a 6 month review. The one year cycle is way too long and it's letting the lazy charge at the end for the high review scores. It happens a lot more than you realize. Very disheartening for those of us who want to do a good job and build great products full time.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Pays well - but overly bureaucratic, too many under-performing employees,"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great health benefits - which are going away in 2013
    Good pay, especially stock + bonus once you reach the principal level and beyond
    Lots of interesting projects & technologies available, with interesting scalability problems
    Good career advancement opportunities given how big the organization is, if you want to move into management/leadership roles

    Cons

    Too big, bureaucratic
    Lots of empire building leading to under-performers getting hired for jobs that they are not qualified for
    People who just don't care about what they're building
    If you work in the Silicon Valley office, communication/coordination issue with HQ and frequent traveling up to Redmond

    Advice to Management

    Bring some passion back into the game, trim the fat


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Decent company to work for, but is no longer the awesome company it once was."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Par salary & benes
    Coworkers were mostly great

    Cons

    Review model encourages backstabbing by less ethical team members
    Review model discourages work/life balance
    Lots of failing upward to be seen...
    Not keeping pace with the incentives provided by other large tech employers
    Company culture has been eroding steadily for the past 15 years

    Advice to Management

    Ballmer is a clown. Need someone with a clue at the top.

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