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"A once great company that is now a shark tank"

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Former Employee - Manager in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Manager in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Top benefits, strong pay, smart co-workers, opportunity to move around and have a career. Flexible work environment (as long as you discount the lack-life balance)

Cons

The company's review system pits employees against each other - there is very little team work, a ton of politics to negotiate, and regardless of doing a good job you can be killed in a review based on forced stacked ranking. The worst of it is that the pretend that it is all fair. Admit to having the work environment be a reality survivor show with people's careers and I'd at least respect the workplace there. Finally, they preach work-life balance while making that impossible

Advice to Management

Get rid of the antiquated G.E. inspired review system and stop pitting employees against each other, or stop complaining about the lack of trust your workforce has. Get prepared for mass exodus once the economy changes... your employees will remember being treated like a number and the dog-fight atmosphere.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Giant Technology leader with a plethora of technologies"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Services Executive
    Former Employee - Services Executive
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Variety of technologies in portfolio
    Many great people
    Work with many large customers
    Global footprint

    Cons

    MSFT is playing from behind in many key "megatrends"
    MSFT does not offer key technologies that make a compelling difference - just needed like plumbing
    Key to success is your manager and territory - which change annually

    Advice to Management

    You've lost in mobile, cloud, and search - maybe try to anticipate the future a little better


  2. "Senior Project Manager"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, smart individual contributors, nice location in Seattle

    Cons

    Very hierarchical, too focused on annual reviews, too many middle managers, too few innovators - very risk averse.

    Advice to Management

    Your attrition issue is a direct result of poor management education (honestly the worst people I've ever had to report to), an outdated review system, and people who feel that the organization is not working to support them in doing their best work. Mediocrity reigns supreme.

    And before you write my feedback off as the complaints of a disgruntled employee, I'm a "1" in your silly system of rating people, for all that's worth...

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