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"15 years of planning and strategy"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

there are great people to work with.
they give you good resources
there is decent pay incentives

Cons

Very competitive
A culture that you have to be seen...so have to be in the office
Not decision driven

Advice to Management

Your folks know what needs to be done. Let them go and do it.
Redo your bell curve to make sure to include cooperation and support.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (1)

    "A company filled with smart people stifled by a terrible culture and bad leadership"

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people are very smart, the compensation is pretty good. The company does pretty much everything under the sun, so if you want to change job functions it's not too difficult.

    Cons

    The company does not have a good way of accurately gauging talent / motivation. So a lot of very high up people do not have good judgement; they either are loud and can argue until everyone around them gives up, or they happened to be in the right place at the right time.

    Advice to Management

    Change the review system so that peer feedback is directly taken into consideration for promotions.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Still great company with many talents but hindered in some way"

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of new technologies
    Many talented people
    Relatively high pay in the industry

    Cons

    The stack-ranking review system hurts innovation and collaboration, promotes investing within the immediate review year at the expense of long term strategic ones. If you don't know how to market/sell yourself better than your team-mates, don't look for your name at the top rank, better get prepared for leaving, as you will eventually.
    High pressure and workloads, high expectation
    Need to be independent and deliver fast/accurately in a consistent manner, don't expect lots of help.

    Advice to Management

    Expand vision, long-term focus, reward innovation as opposed to simply "performance", even if it may mean short term loss in revenues, etc.

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