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"Great Company, but aging"

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

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

Pros

Great projects, great people, commands respect in the industry, you can do things that are impossible with smaller companies. We rule the Enterprise and they happily give us an awful lot of money because we deliver stuff that they understand, and that works.

Cons

- Too many middle managers and middling management, too much internal competition, passionate but unimaginative leadership.
- Too much cost watching from management and not enough good ideas.
- We have gone from being successful "fast followers" to just plain "followers".
- We have problems coping with complexity.
- Willingness to leverage advanced technology (that involves math and mental effort) is very limited.
- Overemphasis on "simplicity" leads to poor solutions.

Advice to Management

Not enough Ozzys, ok, he didn't work out, but he had the right approach. Too many KTs, cost cutting and cheerleading salesmanship will increase profits (we are great at that), but will not create great products.The only sure bet would be to break up the company. Either that or find a Steve Jobs or Elon Musk. Good luck with that (I mean it).

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Mixed bag, a company that needs a comprehensive policy on career planning for its people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you get into a good division, with a good boss who knows how to navigate the bureaucracy within then you can do really impactful things

    Cons

    It is an inward looking, extremely slow moving, bureaucratic and arrogant organization. They are thrashing around trying to repeat the successes of the 80s and 90s in new areas, without changing any of their leadership or practices. That means unless you are an insider you get thrashed around as well - reorganizations and changes of direction are constant and unending. Managers at all levels are hit and miss, and empires constantly block meaningful progress

    Advice to Management

    Retire large number of people who have been at Microsoft forever. Get some new blood - at all levels.


  2. "A great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Managers are, for the most part, invested in your career and your success (I've only encountered a few bad managers and they tended not to last long)
    Lots of focus on ownership and product impact
    Great benefits and pay
    People are amazingly talented and fun to work with
    Finally feels like we're building something together as a company, not just silos

    Cons

    You'll get harassed at parties ("I hate Vista, my computer is broken, Skype didn't work last night")
    Senior management isn't always great at communicating downward which sometimes results in confusion
    There are still some old (OLD) tools being used in engineering and it sucks when you have to go touch them

    Advice to Management

    Keep conceptually simplifying our product lines, it's getting easier to explain our business strategy to the outside world but we're not there yet

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