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"Good place to work in"

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Current Employee - QA Lead in Bellevue, WA
Current Employee - QA Lead in Bellevue, WA

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

Pros

Work culture is good & motivating

Cons

Not much to say as of now

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  1. "OK"

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    Current Employee - Service Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Service Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, Competitive Culture, Great Compensation

    Cons

    Very stressful work situations sometimes ( depending on product groups and job roles), more bureaucratic for raise and promotions, awfully high expectations from manager, no voice in product feature unless you are a senior level product manager or senior program manager


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent company, lots of smart people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, very high levels of flexibility and latitude at an individual level to drive or influence decisions with tasks. Constantly challenging and learning environment. Company has more than 10 multi-billion businesses, and even though the sheer size often creates unnecessary processes and politics, smaller, more nimble startup environments are also abundant.

    Cons

    Sales-oriented mentality relatively too heavy in senior management. Years of business division model managed by individual P/L fiscal responsibilities meant less risky to focus on incremental improvements on products so sales can grow a certain % in each fiscal year. And the 'follow the market' approach to product development meant consistently a few cycles behind market makers. Even with the recent re-orgs instituted by Ballmer, the top ranks are still predominantly sales people, who are best at driving and managing sales organizations. Plus a top-heavy culture means conformity (to a sales-oriented culture, as opposed to a more bottom-up engineering and product-focused one) is preferred, and very difficult for grassroots innovation to make ground.

    Advice to Management

    Microsoft isn't short of smart people. But too many layers of management and fiefdoms often create too many opinions and hinder decisions and progress. It's clear that we recognize the need for change, but change won't happen by installing more of the same type of people in leadership. Need a few more visionary types in executive management, instead of sales and operational types. Plenty of recent good, big, bold bets against very competent competitors in search, cloud, mobile, etc, but need to do better. Need to deliver more innovation and execute better and wrap up with cohesive marketing and professional sales.

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