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"Great people, lot of red tape, lack of confidence in own vision"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Development Lead
Current Employee - Development Lead
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

you're working with a lot of smart and dedicated people
Everyday is an opportunity to challenge oneself, learn and improve.
you can change things if you really want to (but it's really hard).

Cons

Microsoft seems to continuously play catch-up with competition. People knows it but don't know how to fix this. Bureaucracy/development process tends to naturally kill a lot of ideas and water-down everything to average end-solutions, there is no time to iterate ideas, learn and potentially let them flourish. so you'll need a lot of hardwork and dedication to get an innovative idea through. but it's possible.
planning process is a bit of a mess, and create more pain than it should. it is probably why we fail to create a long term vision that people can rally around.

Advice to Management

we probably need a new CEO who can bring fresh ideas and style to the company.
We need more interim milestones in order to allow for mistakes and try new ideas. (Windows is using 3, it's not enough)

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Good employer"

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Treats people well in general
    Broad array of products
    Encourages internal mobility

    Cons

    Politics
    Bureaucracy - when it works for you it is great, but can be tough if it is not aligned with you
    Lot of less competent managers have risen to fairly senior levels in middle-senior management

    Advice to Management

    Focus on realizing the worth/potential of employees and rely less on internal processes (or make them less rigid)


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Microsoft and Golden Handcuffs"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits (golden handcuffs) and very talented people.

    Cons

    infighting between teams. Clueless, unimaginative management. Never willing to take risk. Instead, follow the proven path and trying to do it better.

    The organization is designed so that no one is really in-charge. Project responsibility is spread among a group of stakeholders, and no one is ultimately in charge or responsible (especially when things go bad!)

    Advice to Management

    Take a change on doing something new. You hire a lot of smart people but with the current organization and lack of guts to do something innovative, you are wasting their talent. The matrix management model no longer works at MS. The company is too large, the teams are too large for this to be effective.


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