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"Very smart people, but too much internal friction means wasted potential"

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Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Work with the best and brightest
Excellent benefits, pretty good pay
Work-life balance is generally good
Redmond/Bellevue is a great place to live for families
Potential to impact a lot of people with your work

Cons

Huge amount of internal friction at all levels - people working at cross-purposes
Review system can put even solid employees in bad spots and contributes to the above
Pay is very good, but no longer the best in the industry
The best employees are slowly leaving the company

Advice to Management

Learn to work together (at all levels) - encourage collaboration
Focus on a few big bets, not on boiling the sea
Fix the review system so that it doesn't provide perverse incentives
Stop the too-frequent restructuring and re-organizing efforts - they are too disruptive

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Good learning experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Content Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Content Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    As a vendor, I worked with a great team that treated both vendors and full timers with respect. Goals and expectations were clear.

    Cons

    Too many meetings. The corporate culture is incredibly meeting happy. My co-workers and I would have to do work during meetings to actually be productive.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management can seem detached to what the actual needs of the team are.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Crappy"

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    Former Contractor - Merchandising Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Merchandising Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Salary, easy work, light work load

    Cons

    Everything else, especially your colleagues and managers

    Advice to Management

    Retire

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