Microsoft - If you are a great designer, artist, and a very creative person: THIS IS NOT THE PLACE FOR YOU. | Glassdoor
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    "If you are a great designer, artist, and a very creative person: THIS IS NOT THE PLACE FOR YOU."

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    Design Director in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Excellent medical insurance. Employee Stock Purchase Program. Flexible time. Great 401k. Free Soda.

    Cons

    - Working for this company will drain all your creative energy and passion. They don't reward creativity, good ideas, and innovation. Instead, any good ideas are put down, so that it will leave room for senior management to gain points. It is almost like beating your own relative instead of beating your enemy. My goodness, this is why Apple has surpassed this company in innovation and creativity - Low pay -... Under valued - Your talent does not count or mean anything. It is all about their stupid review process (very rigid and corporate review process) - Hyper-competitive inside culture for the wrong reason. Instead of focusing all your effort on beating the hell out of your competitors, you focus more on beating your co-workers. (very idiotic process). -The Stack rank reviews are just pure evil. Even if there are 10 super-star performers on a team, one of them gets an under performed rating just because someone has to fill that gap; very cut-throat politics. - too many dinosaurs (old schoolers) that does not want to think outside the box. Old mind set, afraid of risk, and these dinosaurs are only concerned about maintaining what they already have so that they don't rock the boat. - Stingy! - Slowly but surely turning into IBM.

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    Advice to Management

    APPLE stocks are hovering around $300 per share while Microsoft is in the low $20's!!! Reality check! A lot of senior levels and management are so arrogant that they lack the comprehension to see that Apple is kicking MS butt! It seems like they are still in denial or stuck in the glory days of Microsoft. MS reminds me of Al Bundy, always talking about his glory days and then he goes back sells shoes, while Apple... is selling kick ass products! This company needs to change their archaic ways. - you guys need to take care of your creative and innovating employees instead of shooting them down. while overfeeding your clueless task masters with promotions and rewards. - Change the rating system and review process - provide PRODUCT FOCUS. Instead of making your workers try to beat each other.

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    Microsoft2011-06-25
  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Microsoft is a great place to work and has a great work-life balance.

    Cons

    As with most company there is some politics to deal with.

    Microsoft2019-12-04
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    "Thoughts after 10 years...."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    1. If you love tech, this is a great place. No doubt you'll talk tech (mostly the MSFT stack) from enterprise to consumer - from PCs to phones to Xboxes - from datacenter to desktop. 2. What were GREAT benefits are now VERY GOOD (took a small step down) but still probably better than you'll find at 99% of large corporations. If you've got family - the value of the benefits is even higher. 401k match is nice.... 3. Even with it's struggles MSFT is still a cash printing machine. This means if you can keep your nose clean and do reasonable work, you can have a stable job, pay your bills, feed your family, and not worry (too much) about layoffs. The stock you own likely won't tank, but probably won't go up much either. You'll get a bonus each year and some stock. It's a decent life if you aren't looking to light the world on fire.

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    Cons

    Brand on Your Resume: After many years of losing market share and struggling to be at the front end of innovation and the fact that there's 90,000 employees, don't think MSFT is necessarily going to be attractive on your resume to more agile and smaller companies. Managing Your Career: Make you say this out loud so it registers - 90,000 employees work there. Double that for vendors. It is VERY hard to "stand... out" and move up in the company. Don't expect your manager to be much of an advocate or enabler to help you meet your career goals - they are basically trying to survive the stack rank every year too. Not familiar with the stack rank? Check out the 2012 Vanity Fair article called "Microsoft's Lost Decade".

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    Advice to Management

    I'll type it here - but I don't they are listening... 1. Help proven talent move laterally in the company for new opportunities. 2. Kill/evolve the stack rank. Here's basically how it's viewed:. 30% of the company gets 1s and 2s - and they are happy. 50% get 3s and that basically feels like getting a "C" in school. This sucks for talented people when a multitude of UNCONTROLLABLE conditions keep you from... getting into 1 or 2 range. The 20% getting anything below a 3 are walking dead. In summary, 70% of the company walk away from the review cycle feeling like crap. This is no good. After 10 years, I'm leaving - it's just a matter of time until I find the right opportunity. I need to find a company spends 90% of it's time building technology experiences, as opposed to 90% of its time building PowerPoints. And I expect to refuse the exit interview - because if you really cared what I thought, you wouldn't ask me after I decided to leave.

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    Microsoft2013-01-29

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