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"Mixed reviews, but the benefits are great while they last"

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Former Employee - Business Analyst in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Business Analyst in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Microsoft full-time

Pros

- Healthcare covered 100% for you & your spouse (although this will be ending soon )
- Free shuttles available only to full-time employees
- Free high-end gym membership (not your ordinary 24 Hour Fitness)
- Very competitive pay within the region
- Generous discounts on MS software
- Free Prime card that gives 2 for 1 discounts at many restaurants
- Company library filled with valuable resources at your disposal
- Prestigious reputation in Seattle
- Filled with smart people

Cons

- Focus on Business software is not the most interesting field
- Fairly political
- Flat org structure
- Not a lot of collaboration, forced to learn things on your own
- Type A personalities can sometimes lead to heated/uncomfortable work environment
- "Commons" cafeteria has a lot to offer, but lunch can be very expensive

Advice to Management

Should've bit the bullet and kept the 100% healthcare coverage. Free healthcare is such a huge perk and you'll see a mass exodus when this policy changes. The Silicon Valley companies can offer warm weather & "cool work," so you need to differentiate yourself somehow to remain competitive when challenging for talent.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company, great business opportunity.

    Cons

    Several execution and strategic issues.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Once a great company, but on the decline"

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    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

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