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

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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. "Good, but could be better."

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

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

    Pros

    Great environment, location, campus and benefits.

    Cons

    Too many reorgs and uncertainty for future trends.


  2. "Good"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Big company with a lot to offer especially for entry level

    Cons

    Big company where innovation died out

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