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"good place to work"

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Current Employee - Product Advisor in Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Product Advisor in Palo Alto, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (Less than a year)

Pros

fun environment, very different then most retail stores I have worked for, always in the know about what is going on, what sales were like the day before.

Cons

pay could be better since there is no commission, weekends are hectic lots of kids running around.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Three steps forward, four steps back..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Middle and lower layers have lots of smart people with great ideas and a true desire to serve their audience.

    A connected story around seemingly disparate products/divisions is finally coming together.

    Compensation model revisions have helped offset a 5-year stagnant stock value.

    Cons

    Leadership teams (Director to GM level) top priority is competing with each other to retain funding & headcount.

    Stack-ranking causes the wrong employee behaviours and priorities. At the employee level, it blocks team collaboration by fostering a "me" culture instead of a "we" culture. At the management level, it significantly underscores a poor manager's inability to get their team its due compensation or job stability.

    Tunnel vision on external competitors - to the point that leadership seems to overlook the actual reason for competing: Customers. This defunct method of operation will never result in delighting customers or driving long-term loyalty.

    Redundancy is rampant and is mostly driven by the need to accommodate repeated changes in direction. Most of the day is spent in meetings and you only begin your "real work" in the evening at home. While the pay is competitive, when you factor in a 70-80 hour work week, your actual hourly wages are comparable to the rates of your plumber!

    Advice to Management

    Walk the talk with your "people". If your marketing boasts that you value your people, then do it! Understand that having "Microsoft" on your resume is NOT what it used to be and as a result, Microsoft needs to try harder at keeping bright people happy and in appropriate roles. Respect your employees time and understand that causing excessive and long-term personal compromises only results in attrition, rising healthcare costs, and mediocre work product.

    Walk the talk with your customers and partners. Stop thinking you're smarter than your customers or your partners and actually put some true intelligence into your engagement strategy, product messaging and value propositions. The only ones believing your current marketing "spin" are YOU.


  2. "Software Developing Engineer in Testing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    challenge wonderful team, flexible work time

    Cons

    it is too big to communicate,

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