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

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  • Senior Management
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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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. "Sr Program Manager"

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work-Family balance; campus lifestyle; Business casual and most of all benefits of cutting edge technologies and employee benefits and incentives.

    Cons

    many re-orgs and moves in short time-frames and roles can be swapped or shuffled around.

    Advice to Management

    Retain long term employees or vendor staff that have earned skills on the team instead of replacing new staff as years of experience with tools/technologies cannot be replaced.


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