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"Tons of Potential"

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

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

Pros

Humble, always questioning ourselves. Continue to be surrounded by some of the smartest people one will ever meet. Diversity is strong across most groups, leads to a well rounded approach to customers/products. You build a career here and are constantly growing vs. 'getting consumed and burnt out' that is becoming so common for other companies in the Seattle area.

Cons

Underdog in many markets these days, frustrating to read tech press and be faced with constant bias and 'uncool' campaign. Looking forward to the day when the facts win out.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Amazing company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Access to cutting edge MS technologies to experiment with
    Good benefits
    Hardworking and smart people around so you get encouraged to think and work smart
    Good training and seminar options
    MS is going in the right direction with now being a devices and software company, I think exciting things are happening and we will see great products going forward

    Cons

    Review and rating system can be improved
    It might take time to move up the chain
    Work-Life balance can be a challenge at times


  2. "Love/Hate relationship (disclaimer: "Cons" circa 2010)"

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

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

    Pros

    - Access to entirely new work/product areas when you get antsy for a change
    - Fair pay
    - Talented workforce
    - Access to anything you need to be successful (work machines, tools, expensive market research, training, legal, etc.)

    Cons

    - By 2010, 40% of time was spent trying to better clarify roles and responsibilities across teams, and sometimes even within teams (side effect of competitive work environment)
    - Related, way too much time focused on internal competition (constant angling for budgets, reviews, pay, promotions) vs. the real, external competition; Teams or even entire projects enjoyed watching each other fail; not only wouldn't offer help, would take steps to cement others' failures; led to very distrustful work environment, even among peers (what should be your everyday friends); people or teams steal each other's ideas without credit being given; etc.
    - GM & VP level leaders don't admit when they see their project failing, don't want to risk losing their budgets and influence, will ride the failed project to its death knowing they will avoid being held accountable (these are the expensive projects that sometimes go public, crash and embarrassingly burn ... most of the people on the project saw it coming all along ...)
    - Clever policy to weed out older people (too many years of service at same salary grade red flags you from getting average or better than average reviews; also red flags you for job transfers within the company ... good things don't come of this; I'm not making this up, they were transparent about this). Newer people may be ok with this ... but someday they will be coming for you (if they don't change this) ! :)

    Advice to Management

    - Spend more time managing down vs. up
    - Foster culture that REALLY has focus on external competition vs. internal (assignments, work approaches and review actions speak louder than words (there's never a shortage of words on this)
    - Recognize (with real review $ and when applicable, promotions) the people who are team players and care more about the success of MS vs. seeking out personal glory/pay/advancement
    - I'd say fix the review policy, but know changes have been made (good to see an attempt has been made ... hope it works better!)

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