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"Work with some of the smartest people around."

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Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

The best part about working for Microsoft is the smart talented people you get to work with. Excellent training for CS under-grads getting started in their career. Microsoft is also mostly merit-driven in the lower levels of the company with flexible career paths for people wanting to stay in the Individual Contributor roles.

Cons

Company has lost direction recently and the old guard is too set in its ways to turn the ship around to the recent changes in tech. Many middle managers are focused on their own careers than company's success. Some of this stagnation is frustrating when you are especially trying to develop or launch new products.

Advice to Management

Need more customer focus. Lose the attitude of 'not built here'.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Great learning environment where you get to push yourself"

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

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

    Pros

    Great mentors
    variety of work
    make an impact - affect lots of customers

    Cons

    bureaucratic
    the annual reviews are not transparent - there is a fair bit of politics that happens here
    lot of work is done just to gain 'visibility' and not because it is the best thing to do either for the business or the customers
    Steve ballmer is not an inspiring leader but he is on the way out. I hope that who ever replaces him is from the software industry and has a technical background.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the annual review system and make it less political


  2. "Challenging"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Microsoft is not one company, its many - always a place to go and try something new

    Cons

    being managed out if not a rock star...

    Advice to Management

    reward people that are good at their jobs and want to stay in them

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