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"Overall good company but success depends on working for the right manager and gaining respect of others."

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Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Redmond, WA
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Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Flex schedule and ability to work remote. Management understood employees had to balance family and work priorities. This varies by group.
Good medical benefits: was 100% employer paid but that has changed now.
Opportunities for growth and advancement within the company.

Cons

Forced stack ranking of employees penalizes managers with high productive teams and creates environment where their is internal competition within the same team.

Advice to Management

Eliminate the stack ranking of your employees. Employee focus should be on how to gain competitive edge on Microsoft's competitors and not within the organization.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Great company but has SERIOUS management issues"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The medical plan is top-notch, by far from any other company.

    All the auxiliary perc'c are very nice, such as the health plan, fitness plan, etc.

    Very bright individuals at this company... drinking the coolaid is and will be expected.

    Cons

    For a serious and real example of how this company treats their staff… read Vanity Fairs article in the “Microsoft’s Downfall: Inside the Executive E-mails and Cannibalistic Culture That Felled a Tech Giant”. I lived through it as a top performer, and it’s a political mess that senior ‘C’ level exec’s designed to remove the waste… but didn’t calculate political capital between the managers. So you have talented people exiting with the sloth’s maintaining their lazy path forward.

    The compensation plan is seriously designed to reward average employees, pay low performers low salaries, and make high performers run to other companies.

    If you want it done… you MUST leverage the correct people and watch out for sabotage.

    Tenure at Microsoft is huge! Expect to wait in a long line to get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Take heed on this... blow your number out in a sales position, expect 20% or more on top of the previous years quota. A moron philosophy only designed to make your top performers leave when they can't get paid and are tired of being worked to the bone.


  2. "Good for learning/building industry experience after graduating from school, but not as competitive as other companies."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good health insurance coverage. Capable colleagues. Can get interesting projects to work on if lucky enough. Single window office if you are senior enough.

    Cons

    Lower overall compensation compared to competitor companies. Don't like the review system at all. Don't think the current executives are competitive.

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