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"Still one of the most exciting companies to work for in the high-tech space"

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Current Employee - Principal Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Principal Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

breadth of technologies and markets one can work in, benefits, career potential, overall level/IQ of people working there, etc..

Cons

the curve/stack ranking induce some poor behaviors (some times, not often)
people more focus on saying the right thing that doing the right thing as early as when you get to level 64 or above.

Advice to Management

stop bringing decisions to the top. create separate smaller business units and align compensation on these units' results. not MSFT all-up only.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Good learning experience"

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    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 (2)

    "Great opportunity to hone skills which I had to take elsewhere to earn more money"

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    Former Employee - Operations Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Operations Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company provides global opportunities for those looking to have broad experiences with colleagues across multiple cultures (and multiple time zones), and the opportunities to move laterally into other organizations to round out your professional skill set.

    Cons

    What they won't tell you when you are interviewing is how limiting their level structure can be if you hire in at a level that is lower than your full experience could command. When you go to make a lateral move, you will only be considered within your level band regardless of your capability and experience. You can reasonably expect to be promoted to a higher level each 1-3 years if you are a strong performer but you cannot make a move to a new position in order to move up a level.

    Advice to Management

    The ranking structure (forced distribution) fosters bad behavior, and takes as an assumption that any particular pool of employees contains a reasonable percentage of people that need to be managed out. People understandably spend time covering their own best interests at the expense of synergies, economies and the needs of Microsoft's customers.

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