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"Good stable job, but mired by internal politics"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Principal Group Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Principal Group Program Manager in Redmond, WA
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No opinion of CEO

Pros

Good paycheck, benefits, bonus, stock awards. Surrounded by smart people and many of them are actually interesting in moving the project forward. Opportunities to work on a myirad of different technolgoies and can change your job if you move. Great benefits package as well.

Cons

Big compay that moves slow in a lot of different areas. as such it cannot compete in many of the businesses that its in. The slow pace of innovation has a lot to do with the fear of getting sued & this adds a lot of tax to making forward progress.

Advice to Management

Get a bit more directive to the various teams working at the company and agressively remove duplication of work.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Overall it is a very good experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Chance to work with very talented people
    2. Some products are really doing great work.
    3. Great benifits
    4. Very good work-life balance

    Cons

    1. Some products lose directions and are suddenly shut down. Bad for other employee's morale
    2. Lack of transparency

    Advice to Management

    1. Merit increase is very less.
    2. Try to reduce hierarchy. More ICs and fewer managers will make the organization more productive


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    "It's Been Great... (But Cya)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    MS is a good place to work. The benefits are great, and the pay is mostly fair. Job security is as good as it gets. Millions of people will use your products. Despite it's rep as a maker of stodgy old box software, MS continues to innovate in *many* areas. There are truly brilliant people in every product group.

    Cons

    Trying to make things happen at MS is like trying to drive a slalom course in an 18-wheeler. The bureaucracy can be stifling at times. Not everyone is a rocket scientist. Mediocre people sometimes rise to positions of significant authority through extreme conformity.

    Advice to Management

    Innovate more outside of traditional MS businesses. Windows + Office can't carry us forever. Why did Live Mesh get swallowed up by the money-losing cesspool that is Windows Live, while Dropbox is building an O($100M) business out of the exact same idea?

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