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

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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.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Great place to work, depending on the group"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Development Lead in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Development Lead in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to be an engineer, lots of flexibility and perks plus room to build your own success.

    Cons

    My group had too many layers of management, resulting in a muddy vision and direction.

    Advice to Management

    Less politics, more leadership.


  2. "great company that needs a change at the helm"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

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