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"Takes a while (1 yr) to understand what it takes to get things done at Microsoft"

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Current Employee - Operations Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Operations Manager in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Flexible work/life balance - most people have kids, easy to come and go as you please. Compensation is good - benefits are competitive, though the new health plan is a pain, since it is no longer a PPO, but they still cover most everything.

Cons

Bad middle and upper managers, at least in operations. You question how they got where they did - they don't know what it takes to build an organization, culture, transparency, nor do they care. Its everyone for themselves - very little team mentality, support, sharing of information. Culture is bad. Little attention is spent on mapping out a master plan for an organization, so you end up doing a lot of work that doesn't appear meaningful and end up thinking that Microsoft makes money in spite of itself. Managers aren't rewarded for developing people underneath them - i.e. if people get promoted, that isn't rewarded. So, who will cares about your success? only you. No career advisor or someone who will be a champion for you. You have to sell yourself and figure it out on your own. Don't look to management to map out a plan for the organization, for where it is going, or how you fit into it.

Advice to Management

You need more managers that know how to build an organization, build a team, and reward them for this. Right now, you have many middle and upper managers who are terrible organization leaders, people developers. And, there is no penalty for them to build those skills. Its very frustrating.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "A good company to start a career."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company to start a career, many product teams that you can easily find one that fits your interests.

    Cons

    A huge company and decisions could be slow at times.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on competing with external competitors instead of having process that results in internal competition.


  2. "Good culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and competitive salary

    Cons

    Not so great future prospects

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