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"Program Manager"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at Microsoft full-time

Pros

Decent company and decent benefits

Cons

Lack of visionary leaders and break-through innovation in products

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, if you have thick skin for politics"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people, different groups with different work environments, great benefits and offices. Good compensation in general.

    Cons

    Built around a declining business model, and it is noticeable. At some point you can't keep growing without getting bruised with politics. If you're not politically talented, at least will need to have high tolerance towards it and know to stay away from people's destructive path. Switching jobs internally is not simple, and upper management can easily block you using obscure rules.

    Advice to Management

    Make internal transfer easier. It's ridiculous that it's easier to go work for the competition than for another group.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A company full of resources"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good processes
    Lots of resources and experts to talk too
    Great benefits
    More flexible working styles in about 60% of available jobs, some though are 8-5, or clock oriented
    Work with smart people
    Beautiful Redmond Campus with Great cafeterias right on campus
    Microsoft employees are amazing at Rallying to a new vision, when one is set.

    Cons

    Highly competitive
    Expected to work independently, without direction, but still held to a high output goal
    Expect to work more like 50 hours a week, including checking email on the weekends
    Only hourly employees would get overtime
    Such a large company that sometimes there are conflicting agendas: example - "don't hire more vendors that have badge access AND ALSO Headcount freezes and scrutiny on replacing open slots" So, sometimes the work is heavy, but they don't reduce the expectations.

    Advice to Management

    The orange badge policy is silly, for no payback. Either let open spots be filled, or let the employees hire the vendor help.

    Change the bell curve model for annual employee reviews. If you hire A+ performers, there is no reason to think that 25% of them will be low performers, mathematically speaking. Inspire everyone to be great by setting divisional goals with rewards.

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