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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. Helpful (1)

    "Microsoft pays well to overcome its toxic culture and work environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance (nearly everyone is out of the office by 5), Microsoft pays its workers extremely well to make up for its work environment, easy work, lots of benefits, free soft drinks, family friendly tech company

    Cons

    Very hard to change teams, excessive internal politics, managers intentionally assign you less challenging work to allow their favorites excel at your expense, anti-intellectual "brogramming" culture, extreme hostility to open source, weird looks for not owning a Windows phone, culture of groupthink where you can't challenge decisions made in meetings, sink-or-swim review system pits you against your immediate coworkers and encourages cut-throat competitive behavior, senior developers use code reviews to gang up on and haze newbies with "moving target" coding style comments, dying company that serially releases market failures, PPO healthcare was cut by Ballmer/Brummel, food is not free and cafeterias do not accept credit cards, coworkers are incompetent developers with big mouths who are good at playing politics

    Advice to Management

    Carry out a much-needed cultural cleansing by eliminating all of the dead weight in the company, avoid blaming and firing the wrong execs, followed by promoting the people that should have gotten fired instead to the executive level, extend the reach of the review system such that employees are ranked company-wide rather than only against their immediate "team"-mates


  2. "Experience depends on your group/division"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pretty good pay and good benefits. Stability of working for one of world's largest companies. Work with a lot of smart people.

    Cons

    Lots of meetings and lots of talking about things without always a lot of actually doing anything. Job satisfaction varies greatly from group to group.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on doing your core goals and business rather than being mediocre at everything. There's tons of room to eliminate unnecessary processes and layers of management that make doing one's job much harder and more time consuming.

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