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"Some groups are very political; non-technical people run the show; job-doers are sidelined in favor of networkers."

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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

It is a big company. I am sure there are other teams with better work atmosphere. Make sure you know the GM is a sound guy. Work culture in group trickles down from top.

Cons

Some groups like mine are very bad places to be. The leaders and their lackeys are all about making their fiefdoms and promoting their careers at the cost of honest workers, and hence the company. Backstabbing is common.
If you rub your manager the wrong way, nothing can save you. Managers have absolute powers. HR exists only to help the managers keep their directs under check.

Advice to Management

You cannot change company culture by retaining the same old management. The people in senior leadership positions are there because they know how to play the politics and navigate the system. Bring in new people if you really want to change company culture.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Good company, average company culture."

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work/life balance is by far the best reason to work for Microsoft. As long as you get your work done, management is very understanding of the necessity of making sure you dedicate the right amount of time and energy to your personal life.

    Cons

    Not so great pay for a company this size, weak culture...can sometimes feel "lonely and not welcoming."


  2. "A comfortable, well-paying, steady job with a couple of exciting teams"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation is competitive with Apple/Google/etc
    Work life balance is, from what I hear, better.
    Good job security.
    Seattle is a very cool place to live.
    I enjoy being the underdog. Microsoft hardware is up and coming.

    Cons

    While there are a couple of cool projects, I'm waiting for Microsoft to release something exciting. We have been more of a follower so far.

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