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    "Senior Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good pay, challenging work, and nice career opportunities. Learning and discovery is encouraged.

    Cons

    Skill sets are narrowly viewed. Very competitive environment. It is necessary to promote yourself and build your brand to survive. If you aren't an extrovert, love bragging about yourself, and doing fancy presentations then forget about advancing your career.

    Advice to Management

    Promote team collaboration. Speak up to upper management if you don't agree with what you are being asked to do. There is huge disconnect between the message Satya Nadella is trying to convey and what is actually going on in the trenches. Help support closing the gap between the old Microsoft culture and new.

    Microsoft2019-03-13
  1. "Great place to work, though culture differs by org"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Redmond, WV

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Company cares about it's employees, and there is huge opportunity to move through the company and create your own path

    Cons

    As with most large companies, there are a lot of politics to work through

    Microsoft2019-10-22
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    "Thoughts after 10 years...."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    1. If you love tech, this is a great place. No doubt you'll talk tech (mostly the MSFT stack) from enterprise to consumer - from PCs to phones to Xboxes - from datacenter to desktop. 2. What were GREAT benefits are now VERY GOOD (took a small step down) but still probably better than you'll find at 99% of large corporations. If you've got family - the value of the benefits is even higher. 401k match is nice.... 3. Even with it's struggles MSFT is still a cash printing machine. This means if you can keep your nose clean and do reasonable work, you can have a stable job, pay your bills, feed your family, and not worry (too much) about layoffs. The stock you own likely won't tank, but probably won't go up much either. You'll get a bonus each year and some stock. It's a decent life if you aren't looking to light the world on fire.

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    Cons

    Brand on Your Resume: After many years of losing market share and struggling to be at the front end of innovation and the fact that there's 90,000 employees, don't think MSFT is necessarily going to be attractive on your resume to more agile and smaller companies. Managing Your Career: Make you say this out loud so it registers - 90,000 employees work there. Double that for vendors. It is VERY hard to "stand... out" and move up in the company. Don't expect your manager to be much of an advocate or enabler to help you meet your career goals - they are basically trying to survive the stack rank every year too. Not familiar with the stack rank? Check out the 2012 Vanity Fair article called "Microsoft's Lost Decade".

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    Advice to Management

    I'll type it here - but I don't they are listening... 1. Help proven talent move laterally in the company for new opportunities. 2. Kill/evolve the stack rank. Here's basically how it's viewed:. 30% of the company gets 1s and 2s - and they are happy. 50% get 3s and that basically feels like getting a "C" in school. This sucks for talented people when a multitude of UNCONTROLLABLE conditions keep you from... getting into 1 or 2 range. The 20% getting anything below a 3 are walking dead. In summary, 70% of the company walk away from the review cycle feeling like crap. This is no good. After 10 years, I'm leaving - it's just a matter of time until I find the right opportunity. I need to find a company spends 90% of it's time building technology experiences, as opposed to 90% of its time building PowerPoints. And I expect to refuse the exit interview - because if you really cared what I thought, you wouldn't ask me after I decided to leave.

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    Microsoft2013-01-29

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