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Microsoft Director Reviews

Updated June 10, 2018
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  1. "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great misssion for businesses and enterprises

    Cons

    Old school and older folks

    Advice to Management

    Revamp hiring strategy , too many middle of the road types


  2. "Partner Director of Product Management"

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    Current Employee - Partner Director of Product Management in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Partner Director of Product Management in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Exciting work involving challenges across business, experience and technology.

    Cons

    Old cultures don't change overnight. Change takes time, but it's happening.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to drive change management. Look for opportunities to get ahead of the shifting times.

  3. "Had a good run but I grew apart and my connection with the company grew weak"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great compensation, you work with super smart people, good health insurance. If in the right team amazing opportunities for having impact

    Cons

    The HR function is fatigued with so much change and layoffs. Plus there is less space to focus on proactive ways to add value to the people you support as the change management and lay offs are constant

    Advice to Management

    The company is taking a great direction to continue with strength in the market. However the amount of change and layoffs has taken a big toll. There is a need for some baseline to be the foundation so people can really focus on their best work vs. waiting to be laid off


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Bright and Shiny, but "buggy" when you peek under the hood"

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    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay/benefits, casual environment, fantastic on-campus food.

    Cons

    Bonus/rewards system encourages only chasing after the bright, shiny, high visibility projects...the "Build". Does not recognize or reward "Run" operations. Employees therefore shy away from maintenance or back office operations, and therefore those tend to fail and are substandard. Limited attention span on projects, not well executed or tweaked to run well (considered run). Employees are valued only when assigned to bright-shiny projects, once those roles turn to run, or continuous improvement maintenance type roles, those functions are "low value" throwaway roles. Exceptionally low organizational support to reassign talent from "low value" deemed roles, to absorb elsewhere in the organization. Seems to be a huge loss of talent. Microsoft also abnormally values Microsoft specific experience over industry experience at the mid-management levels. They publically want new ideas, new ways of looking at thing, however in reality, they value the Microsoft way, and internal connections much more.

    Advice to Management

    Equally value Build and Run roles. Greatly improve internal talent reassignment/absorption support to retain talent. Less emphasis on Microsoft specific experience, and more on solid talent.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Working at Microsoft"

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    Former Employee - Director in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Director in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people is number one reason to work at Microsoft, regardless of what role or position, you will be surrounded by the most talented, passionate and driven people. You will have the opportunity to have impact at every level and be part of a very flat organization where you are truly a peer to everyone on various teams you'll work with. Great benefits and competitive compensation package is part of the attraction. You will learn from your mistakes and as long as they are the same mistake repeated, you will thrive which is unusual in it's own right.

    Cons

    Must be able to deal with ambiguity and constant organization changes and you will have much turnover in your management, especially your direct manager. Buckle up your seat belt, the ride can be unsettling if you are not used to constant change. You also cannot wait around to be told what to do and you must adhere to the fact that he or she who has a plan, however tentative will win the day in any meeting. You also must maintain a high energy and always meet your objectives at a minimum while exceeding expectations is considered a must or you will be shuffled out quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Strive to maintain a balance and always remember that any group takes on the characteristics of its leadership and you must lead and resist to the temptation to manage. Clear, concise direction from leadership will create a slipstream across the organization. Always remember that it isn't a vision until someone else can see it


  6. "Senior Director"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Industry leading technology, learning, Cloud innovation, strong customer base

    Cons

    Culture: Despite great CEO, majority of 4 layers below permeates toxic leadership & sugarcoat old demonic culture

    Advice to Management

    self actualization, self realization


  7. "Design Director"

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    Current Employee - Design Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Design Director in Redmond, WA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are decent. Compensation is fair.

    Cons

    Very heavy middle and micro management. Lots of chiefs, not a lot of Indians.

  8. "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities as Cloud is now the focus all across the org

    Cons

    Politics is prevalent across the org

    Advice to Management

    Not enough people development when leaders bring their trusted yes-people around when they move organizations. Limits people development in the org they move to.


  9. "Great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - great people
    - excellent benefits and employee services
    - opportunity to work on cutting edge technologies such as AI and cloud

    Cons

    - can be internally competitive depending on organization
    - high rate of reorganization depending on group


  10. "Continous Improvement"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Technology leadership and investment in R&D
    - Enhancement of benefits Y/Y, already a solid package
    - Continually improvement in culture led by Satya and his directs

    Cons

    - Cultural changes have not necessarily flowed down to the middle management ranks
    - Internal processes and tools are improving but still behind

    Advice to Management

    - Continue the push on Growth Mindset. It is inspiring and leading the company in the right direction.