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"Services is a great place"

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Current Employee - Director in Reston, VA
Current Employee - Director in Reston, VA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

Ample opportunities to make a difference for customers and Microsoft. Microsoft provides many training opportunities to grow as well as the opportunities to succeed

Cons

You have to manage your own work life balance. If you do not, work will eat you alive.

Advice to Management

Get rid of the stack ranking process and modify the rating system.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (2)

    "An otherwise great company is hobbled by a wretched performance mgmt system and highly political career dev environment."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company is still going to ride for a long time on its market-dominant Windows and Office systems. No worries about running out of cash any time in the foreseeable future. Well-established processes and tribal knowledge in nearly every discipline - engineering, marketing, finance. You can learn a ton in the early part of your career. Generally, very smart people with some breadth to their interests. Senior management is highly disciplined about business and money. They tend to make pretty smart decisions. Look at the company's balance sheet and revenue if you doubt that. Nice buildings, cafeterias, and environment as a whole. Reasonable compensation. Great benefits.

    Cons

    The performance management and career development problems at Microsoft are so bad they make front-page news and long-form articles in Vanity Fair. Developing a career at the mid-levels and trying to break into management is about who you know, not your competence (beyond an obvious minimum bar). The gaming of the system is embarrassing to witness, for a company that professes to be something else, and perhaps was at one point. The middle-management problem stifles a great deal of possible innovation.

    IMO, senior management is completely out of touch with what it is like to try to build your career at the mid-stages at this company. Most of them did that in the 90's --- a very, very different time. It appears that they believe the same set of motivations are still in place for people, even though the compensation through company growth (stock, etc.) is not even remotely the same. As the Vanity Fair article pointed out, the only way to grow in compensation at Microsoft these days is to become a manager (or a very hot-shot engineer) --- thus the hyper-competition and gamesmanship.

    All that said, if you can kind of settle in and allow for the fact that career development is going to be 20% you and about 80% random factors beyond your control (unless you are truly a master politician and brown-noser), then there's some cool work to be done and decent people to work around.

    Advice to Management

    Get in touch with the fact that it isn't the 1990's, and drop the forced underperformer dynamic from your performance management system. Develop REAL programs for people who want to contribute more by being great managers, and accept that there is a real thing called management that doesn't require you to be an engineer. Stop ranking people in the same level band who are in completely different jobs, and stop ranking IC's against managers. It's just stupid. And everyone has told you so.


  2. "Nice place to work."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Free Soda
    Pay and benefits are good
    Have some opportunities to work on cool products

    Cons

    Review Model needs to be changed
    Not enough upper management turn around
    Easy to get pigeon holed into one area of expertise which limits opportunities for growth.


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