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"Smart people with a team that cared about developing the careers its members"

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

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

Pros

The leads truly care about their teams, and really care about the product and mission. Your work affects millions of users and you get a chance to work at the forefront of enterprise and consumer technology.

Cons

Sometimes it feels like there's a huge distance between the engineers on the ground versus those that make the big decisions that affect the whole company.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "The company tries but it's challenged due to size and complexity..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    The people are sharp and generally care about what they do. The intent to help change and evolve the company exists within culture. People are proud of what they are working on and can still attract talent, but retaining it is a challenge.

    Cons

    The performance review process. It works for a few but it's "stacked" against most people. The health benefits are now par compared to other employers.


  2. "Great experience when I started and but the last 8 years have been downhill"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart co-workers
    Great Health benefits
    Competitive compensation

    Cons

    Work culture promotes being risk averse - especially mid and senior management
    People compete internally and pin blame on others rather than take accountabliy
    Performance review system is totally broken - you are forced to give 30% of your people a bad rating
    Benefits plans (espeically health) are being reduced and by 2015 they will not be great

    Advice to Management

    Fix the performance review system and reward people for speaking their mind and coming up with innovative ways of fixing problems and finding solutions
    Don't reward risk averse or "cover you *ss") managers
    Don't remove Health benefits and reinvest in the people and their training
    Change the corporate culture from internal competition to internal collaboration
    Manage your business with the customer in mind - not the bottom line or your internal org

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