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"Great unless you want to make impact which reaches for a star"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Principal IT Service Operations Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Principal IT Service Operations Manager in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Smart people. Generally good collaboration in a micro-sense

Cons

Heavy hierarchical structures. Takes a ton of work to make a small progress. Hard to impossible to grow within the company beyond General Manager

Advice to Management

To Executives specifically: Cut in half the layer of Senior leadership (Group Manager/Director) - your direct reports and their directs. A lot of them are products not of high performance, but slow promotional ramp. You have given them the authority for everything thus getting disconnected from most of the business. They on the other hand most of the time do not have the courage or skills to make their own decisions. So they are looking to you to hold their hand. And you cannot hold it effectively. You want to do the right thing, but you are disconnected from the reality. Shrinking an expensive senior management layer will bring the company back to where it once was.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Fledgling retail endeavor that still has numerous areas of opportunity"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Knowledge Advisor
    Current Employee - Product Knowledge Advisor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great perks especially if you use the corporate site for discounts.

    Cons

    Unprofessional staff and management, no accountability for standards

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is to follow through with the standards and ethics you teach in training.


  2. "A lot of learning and opportunities for growth."

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is excellent. Great pay. The company is striving to improve in all areas.

    Cons

    Placement into deparment seems random for new hires. Don't always leverage core competencies.

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