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"Challenging, rewarding, slow to shift direction"

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Current Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Smart, passionate people who love what they do. Great HR support and compensation packages. Innovative and vibrant work environment. Opportunities to learn and grow, and great engagement with the community and with philanthropic organizations. Microsoft employees are generous and hardworking, as exemplified by their annual Giving campaign.

Cons

It's hard to change direction for such a large corporation, whether it's the business as a whole, or the process for an organization. Teams are often hemmed in by internal tools, processes.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Look elsewhere - the good times at Msft are REALLY over"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, OR
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Honestly, any pros to working here are being phased out unless you are a non-technical business or marketing type person then you can expect to make a lot for not really producing anything. There is a culture of arrogance here, people are in denial and puff themselves up all the time because Microsoft used to be the shiznit back in the 90s. In modern times the stock has stagnated and no one gets rich anymore but employees do still get treated with reverence from older folks in the community who don't know times have changed. Employees can still expect to enjoy discounts and deals, and some people in the Seattle area will still be impressed with Microsoft name on your resume, although its increasingly more likely any legit company who knows the truth will see Microsoft name and count it against you.

    Cons

    If you are young, technical, a go-getter and aiming to get rich Microsoft is NOT the place for you. The company will milk products from its glory days (basically just Windows and Office) until the market forces it into irrelevance. Win8 is the elephant in the room, proven to be a spectacular failure yet we keep trying to force it down people's throats. With product pipelines like Windows Phone and surface there's simply not enough growth or opportunity for Microsoft to sustain promoting you and paying you what you're worth. Plus the culture heavily favors non-technical business-y types that do nothing but bs at meetings all day and play the game. Any raises or decent salaries will be given to those folks, not you the producer. This has got to be the worst place to be for a smart, hard working technical person - don't waste your time and devote your passion and skills to a company that will appreciate it like Google or Apple. This is a dying company - the business people are the vultures feasting on the carrion of failed products and srinking revenues. Who in their right mind would want to work here?!

    Advice to Management

    Technical people are aware you see us as mere cogs and code monkeys and you can't wait to outsource our jobs. It's already happening, I know several people in several groups at Msft whose jobs are being outsourced to India by Satya. All this optimism about Satya replacing Ballmer is short lived once people realize Satya has no real vision or gameplan besides "cutting costs" by outsourcing everyone's jobs to India and driving down U.S. salaries.


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    "Changing (not growing) pains"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    New CEO with responsible and grounded vision, tons of resources and intelligent people, no more forced distribution of employee rankings*, good benefits, good work/life balance, commute shuttle, lots of internal positions and opportunities.

    Cons

    Too many legacy policies and procedures, High margin mind set, lack of focus on controls and cost, myopic view of the world, too many rest and vest folks, too reactive to market dynamics.

    Advice to Management

    Having just wrapped up the first annual review without the dreaded "rank 'n yank", I'm not impressed. It appears any kind of employee priorities planning or commitments has gone out the window and been replaced with vague directional guidelines and even more vague expectations. There is little to no feedback on what you did or how you did it, you're just given a reward and told it is what it is. Goals/priority/rewards for the upcoming year are equally vague. This new connect system was supposed to measure and enhance performance by enabling others, building on others work (don't reinvent the wheel), and impact to business. Unfortunately, it appears not all are weighted equally with a heavy burden placed on the impact portion. In the long run, this is simply going to lead to the silo'ing that MS has talked so much about getting rid of. A typical MS product... looks great on paper, terrible on execution.

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