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"Cutting edge work for some, great & caring company for all"

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

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

Pros

Context: Engineering Discipline, been with the company for a little over 2 years

- You feel like the company actually cares. The CPO Lisa Brummel often engages with employees in public ways and has a phenomenal attitude. Giving programs, health benefits, fitness incentives, continuing education, structured career conversations -- lots of things point to the company taking a genuine interest in your personal and professional well being (of course not without its own motives).

- Lots of room for growth at the lower levels, things start to become bottle-necked around the "Manager of managers" level

- Company is constantly reinventing itself. It can be a dinosaur in many ways (especially legacy code bases and antiquated engineering styles), but everyday we get closer to modernizing the entire company from the bottom up. This can also be a source of frustration, but is much more exciting.

- Product portfolio is second to none. This is the only company in the world where I can work on a PC OS, tablet hardware, machine learning algorithm, design a popular coding language, work on embedded technology, build a productivity suite, develop a game console -- and still be under the same corporate roof with no relocation necessary.

Cons

- Company at times doesn't appear designed to retain top-tier talent. Elimination of the stack system, while widely praised, wasn't replaced by any incentives for the top 5% to stay. This is a symptom of a company which, while inventing itself in many ways, can still at times be a monolithic bureaucracy

- Product group and corporate culture can be Russian Roulette. There are teams at the company working on breakthrough products filled to the brim with absolute rockstars. There are other teams working on maintaining antiquated contractually ordained technology with people who reek of sadness and despair. Thankfully horizontal mobility is super common at the company, so if you get dealt a bad hand you're not locked in forever.

Advice to Management

Continue to invest in programs which communicate genuine care for employees. As we push into retail, things like corporate discounts and "VIP" programs give a sense of preferential treatment which translates into corporate pride. Remodeling the cafeterias on campus is a great initiative and should continue. Continue to brand the campus. Everyday Microsoft employees face a public community which has stopped believing we can innovate -- we've become the underdog. Some extra-ordinary thinking is called for to make sure employees feel a sense of belongingness and pride, two things that help motivate and excite.

Additionally, invest in "fast-track" programs for those who exhibit top tier talent. Previously being ranked in that top tier equated to additional compensation, which helped offset the sometimes artificially stagnant promotion cadence. In the brave new world there needs to exist programs which communicate loud and clear why staying with Microsoft is in the best interests of one's career. As much love as some may have for the company, it's hard to justify staying when bigger bonuses and better titles exist in external opportunities.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People working with you are very smart kind and helpful. You are likely to have your own office which is not common amount other softweare companies.

    Cons

    Not really any cons. The food is not free unlike some companies which I think is one of the most useful perk that can be offered to any developer.


  2. "Great place to grow"

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

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

    Pros

    If you want you can move from one position to another getting more and more responsibilities while learning. I'll always be grateful for the opportunities Microsoft gave me.

    Cons

    It gets political sometimes, but it might not be like this now.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to give motivated employee with great potential to learn on the job, don't ask for years of experience on a particular subject matter, and you will find truly amazing people.

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