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"A life-changing experience!"

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  • 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 10 years)

Pros

Huge ambition
Driven people
Big enough to chase the dreams

Cons

Getting big, impersonal, and unwieldy
Inefficient - empowerment leads to uncoordinated and wasteful action

Advice to Management

Realize that people do business with people they like; sellers sell what they know; employees recommend what they feel great about. EVERY individual employee is valuable in this equation, not just the top 1%.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (6)

    "Sad company, 100% political, No more a Innovative company, Don't ruin your life here"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Technical Lead in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Technical Lead in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A decent paycheck & good benefits to run your family better.
    Considering windows share more than 80% of world OS, you can see interesting tech products every two years.
    You can change organisations if you are not screwed with stack ranking
    When joining negotiate and get a job with higher level because once you join growth is very slow

    Cons

    I had great respect for Microsoft when I joined. I turned down Google for Microsoft. This is what I get from Microsoft for that.

    i) No value to real work.
    ii) Talk, talk and talk BS. Add politics to it and you will grow.
    iii) Company is full of managers who are C+ or B+. The only task of these people are play politics, stab on other people and grow. A completely disgusting culture.
    iv) People with passion for Microsoft are home grown. Typically they are freshers join the company and fed with Microsoft biased videos. These noob's eventually create the creepy culture inside Microsoft.
    v) Company management dont care for people. They fire people easily for no reason.
    vi) Don't expect to get a amazing job elsewhere because of MS brand. This is no more respected anymore. Companies like Google or Apple rock in this matter.
    Work life balance sucks if you are in lower level.

    ( LAST one ) Microsoft has a stack ranking system. Its screws up 50% of people even if you are the best. 50% of company is walking dead who hate their job. Now imagine the company with this culture. If you are the best look elsewhere because Microsoft is not for the BEST

    Advice to Management

    Screw your management. Fire Balmer. Put Balmer on stack ranking system and make him feel he is in the lower 20%. Yes get him fired too. would love to see him jumping like a mad dog.

    I can never recommend Microsoft as A+ company anymore. If you get offer from Google, go there.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Root of all evil = Performance Review Model"

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Sharp individual contributors, but all the good and hones ones (i.e. who don't play dirty political games) quit.

    Cons

    1) the worst performance review model ... ever! Encourages competition and backstabbing, not collaboration and a healthy team environment.
    2) Deteriorating health benefits
    3) Flat stock
    4) Poor work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    stop living in political circles, either in or out (i.e. be more inclusive and accpeting of other management styles and techniquest). If that's not an option for you old geazers, then get out!

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