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Updated April 17, 2017
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  1. "Microsoft Advertising & Online"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Detroit, MI
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work for, work-life balance and great culture to work at.

    Cons

    Due to internal politics, lot of people get promoted due to connections rather than merit.


  2. "Microsoft TSP"

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    Current Employee - Technology Solutions Professional in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Technology Solutions Professional in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stability, trusted, vast career options, supportive community, superb pay and benefits

    Cons

    Difficult to find the "ladders." Difficult to find the "right person" when seeking info or help. Often asked to stretch beyond your personal core job priorities. Too many unfruitful meetings. Rampant favoritism and politics. Too much employee turn-over (advancement, RIF, job-switching, etc...)

    Advice to Management

    Be more agile, but remember the long-game.

  3. "Solutions Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    *Bright and talented people
    *Amazing advancements in virtually every corner of technology
    *Inspirational place to work at
    *Top-notch benefits - best I've ever had anywhere
    *Always open to employee feedback
    *Pretty good on employee training & growth

    Cons

    *In certain pockets of business, there's a lot of status quo / complacency
    *Sometimes too much process and analysis paralysis

    Advice to Management

    Keep thinking differently and innovating for the future, don't get complacent


  4. Helpful (2)

    "4 Years of Shock and Awe!"

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    Current Employee - Solution Specialist in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Solution Specialist in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The best products, great benefits and tons of potential.

    Cons

    1. You'll spend most of your time looking over your shoulder to see who's launching arrows in your back.
    2. You'll go through at least 2 managers per fiscal year.
    3. If you're not part of the "local Microsoft mafia" then you have no chance of getting a decent rating in the "STANK RANKING PROCESS"
    4. Your personal life will go to hell. No work life balance whatsoever.
    5. Your health will decline and you'll most likely need to take a "leave of absence"

    Advice to Management

    1. Change the culture. You're losing unbelievable talent due to the "old school" politics that middle management thrives on.
    2. Get rid of that ridiculous stack ranking process. Teammates stab each other in the back, managers throw direct reports under the bus and a lot of talented people are walking out the door because of it.
    3. You're freaking Microsoft for god's sake! It's time to start matching Google and Apple in terms of innovation, creativity and offering an exciting place to work. Don't fear change!


  5. "Great Work Environment for a big company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    collaborative, cutting edge technology, strong technical leaders, great people and solutions,

    Cons

    politics, beurocracy, slow to innovate, too many layers of management, focus on process instead of people. Too many excellent solutions that no ones knows about.

    Advice to Management

    tap into the entreprenureal spirit and reward those who excel not those executives who squeeze models, margins, and control too much. Agility over command and control will drive the company forward


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Fast Pace, Great Technology, Great People, changed from fun company to big politics."

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    Current Employee - Solution Specialist in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Solution Specialist in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Staying current on technology and sales experience. Great people to work with. Excellent benefits, Good pay. Lots of opportunity to change roles for personal and professional growth.

    Cons

    Bad politics. No longer a fun place to work... its all about revenue. Building a business/partnerships/relationships and personal contributions are completely irrelevant at Microsoft, you are tied to a revenue # regardless regardless and compared to your peers regardless of geo/resources/customers/management support. Teams must all have a bottom 5-10% which are subject to job lose, regardless if everyone is exceeding quota objectives. This has created team infighting/competition such that there is no collaboration, support, or collective success. Individuals sink or swim while management lacks leadership, they simply lean on stack-ranking policies because mentoring and cultivating success would put them at risk of losing their job... it's easier to keep replacing you. Advice: If the "hiring manager" is not going to be your manager once you get the job, you will not last long. Managers are not leaders, they are not accountable for your failure/success unless they brought you on board and they will simply just not support you, no share helpful info, and will stack-rank you low against your peers until they manage you out and can hire/build their own team of friends.

    Advice to Management

    Management at Microsoft lacks "leadership". Instead of mentoring/developing/motivating/inspiring successful teams, management now relies on stack-ranking. Stack-ranking at Microsoft has no depth beyond a # and has pitted individual contributors agaist each other with no collective success and no "leadership" to cultivate an environment for success across a diverse team of talents. Microsoft managers need to learn the difference between being a "manager" and a "leader" and realize they have a greater responsibility beyond a spreadsheet... because behind those spreadsheets are real people-with real families-with real lives. Managers should be held accountable if any individual on their team fails, mandatory stack-ranking allows them to ignore failure (in fact they NEED failure, because its mandatory to give a % of individuals the lowest rankings).


  7. "Great place to work, great people, great products, great opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people, top notch resources and technology.

    Cons

    Large corporate environment, can be political, can be hard to advance unless you move


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