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"There is life beyond politics"

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Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

There are lots of opportunities to explore within the same company; each group works like a separate company, which is good if you want to experiment with different technologies.

Cons

There are lots of politics. You will need to learn to navigate through it, or to find a way to avoid it altogether. People that get review are not only the brightest, but also the ones that can best communicate their talent/success.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Perhaps a good place for commercial are, but not a consumer company, even in the 'consumer' groups."

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Financial resources are solid - money isn't really an object when it comes to project and partner spend.

    Lots of different positions to explore if you spend majority of time networking and do not let HR or your manager know you want to move.

    Company has lots of upside opportunity.

    Cons

    Look out for 'bait and switch' on job titles, promotion opportunities, etc. Not good keeping agreements, even if in writing.

    Leadership looks out for themselves - direct reports are for generating ideas for leaders to take credit (not as a team). Managers block promotions and internal moves for employees they need to do their work and get themselves rewarded.

    Individuals working in consumer groups have little to no consumer experience and rely heavily on the very few people with the experience. If you have solid experience and get work done, you will be relied upon others will be expected to do little or no work.

    Significant amount of unprofessional behavior, especially by long-term employees is acceptable and often encouraged by management and overlooked by human resources.

    Advice to Management

    Start making true strategic decisions - set a solid consumer focused vision, road map and migration plan to achieve goals. Short term tactical moves are detrimental to the business.

    Take the time to retain '1' employees, especially in the consumer groups - stop the 'lifers' from running them out due to their own lack of knowledge and abilities. There is a reason your consumer marketers all leave in less than 3 years. It's not because they can't 'handle it' -- it's because they know there are places to work that will pay better, have work-life balance and colleagues will work as a true team to deliver solid business results in a professional manner.

    Inspire consumers to be a part of the brand - create an emotional connection that integrates technology products their lifestyle.


  2. "It's not the same company it used to be."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and the technology is shifting to the cloud, where all business are going in today's market.

    Cons

    Very political. The culture doesn't allow for someone to get into a job they enjoy for too long before pushing them out.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people about how the culture is changing for the worse.

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