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"Not a bad place to work"

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Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Benefits were great, surrounded by knowledgeable people who love their job.

Cons

very redmond-centric. Was sometimes difficult to work with Redmond teams on projects. The company is very Redmond-focused. Performance reviews are a pain.

Advice to Management

A lot of things nee to be streamlined.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Microsoft -- Still one of coolest places to work at but needs a major revamp"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best reason, bar none, is getting to work with/around a plethora of equally smart driven people which drives you even harder to succeed.

    Cons

    Politics/Bureaucracy especially at the middle management level is the biggest killer here, no different from most big companies. Great ideas tend to fizzle away.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to your roots and encourage the startup out-of-the-box attitude that got the company where it is today. Get middle management to focus on encouraging anf rewarding this instead of covering their own behinds.


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    "Not a great place to work if you want to build a compelling product"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are simply great. Managers seem to be given the mandate to treat employees with respect, no matter how much they are faking it. If you are not happy at your job, you are given all the support in the world to move to a new role.

    Cons

    Where to begin, let's begin from the top. Executive management is horrible. No vision and market knowledge whatsoever. Too many middle managers, I mean way too many. Even at the CVP level, I believe there are north of a hundred of CVPs alone. I can only imagine how many directors and sr. directors there are.
    To summon what is really wrong with MS, the whole company is a giant check box, no quality control. The overall belief is, it doesn't matter how crappy the product is, just put enough marketing $$ behind, and it is gonna sell. This mentality results in low quality work put into products and as the result low quality product.
    The other major problem is MS functions like a religion. Believers are rewarded and the louder your praise is the higher you go. This is detrimental to MS since a**kissers are in charge and not smart and knowledgeable people.
    Execs think they are listening to their customers and are building what they want. No you are not. Just telling yourself and your employees doesn't make it so.

    Advice to Management

    Refresh the way you are doing business and. The market is telling you what you are doing wrong, just listen to it. Promote people based on excellence not conformity.

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