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"Great starting role out of college"

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Former Employee - Program Manager II in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Program Manager II in Mountain View, CA
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Polishing your analytical thinking. Extreme attention to details. Building consensus.

Cons

Too much inward thinking. Company is not in touch with the industry as much as it should be.

Advice to Management

More focus on Silicon Valley. Redmond is not where the industry is being shaped today...

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Lots of opportunities if you can tolerate the culture and extreme workloads"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager - Finance in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager - Finance in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Microsoft Library - Access to resources - research data, journals, books, studies.
    Benefits - Medical, stock
    Smart people - there are a lot of really intelligent people with interesting backgrounds & experience
    Diversity - people from all over the world

    Cons

    Limited teamwork - people are rewarded for seeking credit as individuals, not teams. Internal competition is still fostered over teamwork. This creates suboptimal solutons. Even the 'collaboration' award has been awarded to an individual in the past few years.
    Self-promotion is critical to getting a good review - self-promotion is a virtue here; being humble wouldn't be a good career strategy.
    Culture to work fast and avoid input that might slow you down - even if it is input needed to improve the outcome. It is worse to deliver late than it is to deliver badly or to deliver an ineffective solution.
    Lack of effective leaders in many senior positions - success as a technician does not make for success as a leader.

    Advice to Management

    Promote teamwork, reward teamwork and recognize that better work happens in effective teams.
    Get rid of the current contingent staff model (both a- and v-) which cannot be achieving it's intended benefits. A different strategy for a contractor model could fix current issues.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good place for good people, bad place for great people"

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    Former Employee - Software Design Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Design Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good paying job, lots of good peers, lots of work to be done, profitable company, nice area if you like the outdoors...

    Cons

    ....but, if you're in the top of your field, Microsoft is definitely not the place to work anymore. You won't get the necessary opportunity to stand out.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that Windows and Office are on their way out and start taking real risks with your products. Put top people behind the initiatives.

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