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"Leveling off"

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Current Employee - Senior Lead Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Lead Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Work on products that are used by hundreds of millions of people.
Enough product diversity that you can work on a wide variety of projects.
Still many smart people.
Best research lab in the world.

Cons

Political
Favors fast follower strategy over innovation
Flat stock price for 7 years, no chance of making money at lower levels, which causes focus on promotions rather than focus on custmers and product success.
Nepotism at high levels.

Advice to Management

Get a new CEO.
Carly Fiorina was fired from HP for making one big mistake. What is Steve Ballmer still doing there? Operating systems (Vista),entertainment (Zune, Media Center), mobile (WM 6, Kin, tablet?), internet (MSN). Microsoft also has terrible (yet over-powered) people in marketing despite (or because of) Ballmer's background in marketing.

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  1. "International Project Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intl Project Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Intl Project Engineer in Redmond, WA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    One of the best reasons to work at Microsoft is the health benfits package which is compelling in contrast to other corps.

    Cons

    One potential downside working at Microsoft can be the amount of red-tape politics, in conbination with carrot and stick management style

    Advice to Management

    Something that would really make a difference and perhaps re-invent Microsoft would be for it to Think Different, embrace change pro-activelly move beyond the typical catch up game and really lead the market.


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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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