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"Great place"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Lead Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Lead Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

- Challenging work & cool projects
- Working with some of the smartest people on the planet
- Your work will be used by millions of people
- Great pay & perks (proclub, connector bus, best medical coverage on the planet)

Cons

- Long hours
- Forced curve (20/70/10) is not good for a high performance & highly talented team where everyone kick butts, but one person needs to be last and get labeled the bottom 10%
- not all teams are great... if you landed with a bad team or manager, don't let it get to you, do your best, keep a good attitude, wait it out, and find a better team that suits you (there are plenty)

Advice to Management

Keep doing the right things like: windows 7, bing, office and servers (sql, exchange, sharepoint)
Get windows mobile 7 out

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (1)

    "ok place to work as a first job. pay is low but benefits are good."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    there are nice training. your peers are usually smart. there are some challenging problems to work with. this place is best for college graduates for the first job.

    Cons

    the pay is low. vendors usually are paid much higher. advancing is kinda slow for tech company. this is a company that is no longer in growth stage.

    Advice to Management

    the biggest problem is that there are too many so called "leaders" and middle managements. i don't know what they are doing anyways.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Bad employer that doesn't care about employees."

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

    Pros

    Decent salaries given the industry.

    Benefits package used to be pretty good, but every year that I worked there they cut a little bit here and there so it isn't what it used to be. That goes for a lot of things.

    Free software/discounted software at the company store.

    Name on your resume.

    Cons

    It's run like a popularity contest in highschool. It's all about who you know and who likes you. If you aren't part of that group you won't get promoted. Seriously. They have this stack ranking meeting every year where they decide it. But *before* that happens, the "in" group of managers that control your team decide ahead of time how they're going to game it during coffee. The supposedly unbiased layoffs in 2009 happened in the same way. Disgusting.

    Stock that has been flat for the past 9 years. After I left the company in disgust, I exercised all my options and sold all my shares. There was little or no profit after 9 years, which leads to the next item.

    Poor Management - at all levels of the company. From Balmer down.

    Advice to Management

    Quit

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