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"Great company to work for, but resistant to creativity and change"

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

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

Pros

- You learn a lot
- Opportunities to grow
- Great benefit package (it was when I was there, although I have heard it has since changed)
- You usually have a great budget at your disposal (marketing)
- I know my cons are pretty bulky, but it can be a great place to work. Just find your balance, set your boundaries and do a great job. At the end of the day, they just care about a job well done

Cons

- Groups are hit or miss. Sometimes you're working within a great organization with an exemplary leader, other times you're not. The company is so big, it's best to do your research on each organization as if it were it's own separate business
- There is a lot of resistance to "outside of the box" thinking. Senior management is well aware of the public's perception of Microsoft's lack of creativity in terms of marketing, but it often felt as though they were powerless, hence so are you
- While you do get compensated well enough, you must consider the amount of hours being put in. When that's considered, you're not necessarily being paid as much as you think.
- The majority of people here are Type A personalities, so be ready to keep up
- In the pursuit of upward mobility, you can EASILY lose a sense of work/life balance. Be careful. You need to always put your personal life first.
- Lacks customer centricity (this is my own personal pet peeve as that's VERY important to me)

Advice to Management

Sometimes it helps to buck the system. Show the results to then make a stronger case for you and your team.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Great place to work just needs some modifications"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a very inclusive and rewarding place to work. Great benefits and positive direction of the company.

    Cons

    Employee calibration model creates negative behavior and squashes creativity/innovation. Often feel like you are pitted against your peers to rank a good performance review since you are calibrated against peers.

    Advice to Management

    Change the current calibration model to cultivate creativity and innovation.


  2. "Still Great to Work at"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Microsoft still has one of the best benefits package out there. There are still a ton of really smart and passionate people here.

    Cons

    The company has been stagnant for more than a decade now. The culture, environment, and pay are all starting to lag behind the top companies in the tech industry.

    Advice to Management

    Start reforming the culture by redoing the entire review experience. Start paying people top wages. Forget the 80 percentile because Microsoft is no longer the software company to work for so people are evaluating their benefits package a lot more closely. If anything, MS needs to pay more than companies like GOOG/FB to get the best people.

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