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"Once a great company, but on the decline"

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  • 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

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Networking is Key"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Communication Director in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Communication Director in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Experience working with Fortune 500 Clients

    Cons

    Limited Work Life Balance - depends on your team/group
    Limited career opportunities outside of sales and technical careers
    Very political - need to network outside your group to get promotion/bonus
    Each team/business units has different set of priorities and goal so hard to partner

    Advice to Management

    Develop process to train new managers
    Communicate clear priorities and vision for the company


  2. "Great company before 2009, down hill from there."

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

    Pros

    Pre-2009, Microsoft had one of the best benefits packages in the industry.

    Cons

    Company went down hill along with the economy in 2009. Massive layoffs of talented people. Too much of bad designs, poor marketing schemes, ideology, and influence from lower paid management brought in to replace the lost talent after 2009.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink your hiring strategy and take a look at the talent that was let go in 2009.


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