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"Microsoft is a great company to work at, depending on what team you are on."

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Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
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No opinion of CEO

Pros

An opportunity to be a part of something big. (Not just in company size, but in the projects they take on.) MS has the resources to invest in cutting edge tech. And, chances are your project/product will impact millions of users.

The culture is pleasantly surreal compared to the rest of the corporate world: (Casual, private offices, diverse, free soda, MS software free for work use and cheap for personal, great buildings and cafeterias.) They make you so comfortable, the line between work and home get blurred.) In general, the people you will work with, regardless of team, are some of the smartest and most job-focused you will meet in your life. Going to any other company after MS will seem like stepping into Mayberry (simpler folk, moving slower).

The benefits package is awesome, I'd guess in the top 1% of all companies. And the non-tangible benefit is an aura of respect you get when outsiders know you as an MS employee (of course, you're thinking: "I'm one of 90,000; what's the big deal?")

Cons

Sometimes the politics at MS becomes over-whelming. Their emphasis on performance for compensation and promotion gives a lot of power to direct and up-line managers. One would hope the most committed employees and those that did the most for the product are rewarded. But in reality, it is the brownnosers and drinking buddies of the right people that move up the stack.

MS pays big lip-service to flexible/remote work arrangements but it is mostly talk. This is a company that expects you there in person most of the time. Combine that with the long work hours, and it is the ideal job for young single people and divorcees.

Advice to Management

Fix the lethargic stock price, or accept it and find other SIGNIFICANT ways to share the wealth with your employees. Stop hiding from Apple and take them head-on in the coolness factor (not the majority factor). Shift your focus from rewarding individuals to rewarding teams, and it will be reflected in your stock price (because that is how wall street has been judging you since 2000.)

Implement a cohesive and mandatory flex-time program to address the traffic and work-life balance issues. If even archaic bureaucratic state governments can get their act together on this, you have no excuse. Lose your infatuation with type-A, "Red" employees. These are known historically for launching companies but not so much for successfully running them. Instead of promoting them to management, manage them out or over to sales, and your company will excel in its sector.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

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    Former Employee - Lean Consultant/Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Lean Consultant/Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Generous salary, ability to travel extensively if so desired. Ability to work from home.

    Cons

    Very poor communication between employees, resulting in job not being done properly. Chaotic management style.
    Lack of teamwork.

    Advice to Management

    Involve employees more in project decisions, management should not be so secretive towards their employees and their employees might in turn have better morale and work more efficiently.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "It Ain't What It Used To Be..."

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    Current Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)
    Current Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great, smart, friendly people, big company involved in many areas (a pro and a con), excellent benefits.

    Cons

    In the 10 years I've been at Microsoft, the company has more than doubled in size, bureacracy has increased by an order of magnitude, and many great engineers have left for better opportunities elsewhere. We're involved in EVERYTHING and screwing it up because due to the continuous over-promising and outright lying by mid-level execs to their managers. There are too many people wyo are not engineers working for this engineering company, and they are NOT the folks at the front who have accounted for virtually all of those laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Change from the top down. If you want to "cut the 10 percent" every year, apply that to those at the top also, like Jack Welch did. And stop screwing around with these "trios" or "triads" - you can't build anything by committee.

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