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"Lots of opportunities, so keep moving"

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Former Employee - Product Manager in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Product Manager in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

A challenging, interesting, mostly enjoyable place to work.
Great work-live balance
Tons of resources to enable you to do what you need to do for your business
Can make positive impact on people's lives through citizenship programs
BUT:
You must manage your career - no one else will
Don't stay in one place too long, or you lose relevance
Treat each job like a project, and move on once you've achieved your goals in role

Cons

Wasteful spending and lack of accountability
Many projects seem to be career enhancing as opposed to adding company value
Competitive review system doesn't promote collaboration or long term thinking

Advice to Management

Reward the right behaviors - work that results in long term value for the company.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "A company with motto - Money first, product later"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Development Engineer
    Current Employee - Principal Software Development Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable company, has lots of cash

    Cons

    Average leadership who only cares about money but never foster the development of the best product

    Advice to Management

    Build the best product, money will follow - do not reverse this.


  2. "Disjointed"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SMS&P Sales
    Former Employee - SMS&P Sales
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great individual people, excellent products, fantastic salary and benefits. The best name recognition in the software industry - no one says 'no' to a meeting with Microsoft.

    Cons

    Disjointed sales organization and process, too many sales 'cooks in the kitchen,' very little management guidance except when the 'numbers' are due - it's not 'what can WE do today,' it's 'what have you done for ME today.'

    Advice to Management

    Matrixed sales organizations do not work with 'alpha' salespeople.

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