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"Amazing Place to Learn and Grow Professionally"

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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Connections, Very very smart colleagues, opportunities to work in a variety of discipline over a quick period of time to learn other parts of the business. Resources and funding are outstanding and job security is very high.

Cons

Can be quite political since everyone is so qualified. Work hours are intense, and you can't really disconnect even when you're gone. Stigma attached to Microsoft can be a downside in certain areas.

Advice to Management

Need to do more to keep young talent around. Young talent all bails within 3-5 years to pursue higher paying/higher ranking positions elsewhere. Microsoft should recognize this earlier and promote people faster.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (1)

    "A challenging, rewarding environment with great benefits"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Microsoft offers some of the best opportunities in the industry for personal and professional advancement. There is quite simply no other company in the world that will offer you the resources to grow to as deep of a technical level. Community involvement in the form of blogging, attending industry events, presenting, and even time for charity work are all highly encouraged. The medical benefits are the best of any US company, hands down - I have never paid a penny for any clinic or hospital visit, including when my child was born. Management tends to be fairly hands-off in support as long as you are producing and competent. Compensation is excellent with generous stock awards and occassional cash bonuses. Yearly salary increases can be close to double-digits for high performers.

    Cons

    The things that make Microsoft such a good fit for some make it extremely stressful for others. You will be expected to guide your own career and to be responsible for much of your own learning. This means that you'll probably always be reading up on something and will always feel a littel behind. You'll never acheive a comfort zone in terms of career growth. The environment is competetive, and laid back types who just want to "come in and do my job" will be limited in how far they can advance. Travel is required. Working with outsourcers overseas can be stressful and unrewarding because there is no mentoring relationship to speak of - you will be dealing with lowest common denominator individuals overseas who have no incentive to learn or better themselves because the people back in the States can always get them out of a bind. Support tends to be underfunded, and you will not have all of the benefits that people in the Redmond campus have (but you won't pay $500K for a shabby house an hour away from work, either).

    Advice to Management

    I try not to focus on the political underpinnings of management at Microsoft. The decicisions that are made about global marketing and strategy encompass a dizzying array of international legal and trade intricacies. If I had one to do item, it would be to pull all support back to the US and wrap the cost in to the product (or charge more, or both). Customers universally hate talking to people in India, despite what any cooked surveys may say.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Nice place to collect a paycheck, but I'd like to be excited about my job again."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Development Engineer Lead in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal Development Engineer Lead in Redmond, WA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome benefits package especially if you have children. Good stability for a high-tech company. Lots of different things happening at the company, so can get a new job and/or change career direction without the extra hassles of starting at a new company.

    Cons

    I sense a lack of excitement in most employees. It's just a job. The days of getting rich with stock options are long gone, and nobody expects them to come back. That's the downside of the stability I mentioned as an upside. The company seems too big, like it's acquiring and hiring more people to throw at the wall hoping some good ideas will fall out. Definitely too many complacent middle-managers who get huge rewards for little accomplishment other than building a network of supportive lackeys.

    Advice to Management

    Split up the company. Office and Windows shouldn't be in the same company. Let Office branch out and create first-class implementations for Mac and Linux and online without having to be mired in "stragegic worrying" about Windows and MSN/Live. Let E&D and MSN/Live live or die on their own.

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