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"an investment in your future"

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Former Employee - Identifiable, Prefer Not to Say in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Identifiable, Prefer Not to Say in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

work with some brilliant people
people see it on your resume and think you know all
FANTASTIC health and benefits packages
great development opportunities, you learn valuable skills in day to day work
"Working at microsoft is like highly paid grad school"

Cons

very demanding of employee time, often not respectful of work/life balance
"reorgs" are a routine and often pointless or net-loss game of management musical chairs
can be difficult to navigate within such a huge organization

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (4)

    "Once a great company, but on the decline"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - General Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart and creative people
    Lots of assets - if used together can build amazing products
    At moments you can still find brilliance and passion (although getting more rare every day)
    Competitive pay and vacation.
    Would have said great benefits too but they have been significantly reduced and complicated in 2013.

    Cons

    Lack of strategy and strong leadership across the company. Leaders are more interested in being individual heroes rather than defining, setting context and guiding execution of strategic initiatives.

    Competitive, internally focused review model causes bad politics, back-stabbing and general lack of collaboration and teamwork

    Reluctance to take risks and innovate due to short-term politically focused review model.

    Functional organization model causes endless meetings and lack of customer and product focus. Way too many people have to be in every discussion and there is no empowerment or ownership of decisions.

    Would have given the company 5 stars years ago and have hoped it could return to its more passionate, innovative and empowering days, but it is on a decline in most ways - talent, products and leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in a new CEO and presidents, define strategy and reset culture
    Replace the review model with one that rewards team work and is not internally competitive.
    Return to an organizational model around businesses and products and not functions, empower leaders and hold them accountable for business results


  2. "Great company, too fat"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great experience, very talented people, very accomodating, wonderful compensation and benefits, high quality products

    Cons

    Very fat company; difficult to trim the fat.

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