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Microsoft Director Reviews

Updated September 18, 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to build a career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible career growth paths, you control your destiny, meaningful work, great work-life balance

    Cons

    Very functional orgs which discourages taking an end to end perspective on the business and the company

    Advice to Management

    Proactively help top talent find new roles and not get stagnant in the same team or business (even if they are getting promoted regularly). It'll benefit the company through cross pollination and benefit the individuals through the new experiences they'll gain.


  2. "Sr. Director, Business Strategy"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director, Business Strategy in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Director, Business Strategy in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and Work Flexibility on how to accomplish goals

    Cons

    Career Path for bigger Jobs.

  3. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It was a great ride

    Cons

    It has gotten way too big and even Satya took over, political play all over the place


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Updrafts & Rip Cords"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consulting Director in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Consulting Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Over 17 years, I worked in 3 different divisions (Online Advertising, Enterprise Sales & Partners - US and then WW), Consulting Services WW) - each time, it was working in a new company without the necessity of learning the basics. It was a phenomenal opportunity to drive new projects, make a positive impact and move to the next role.

    Cons

    There is very limited upside if you have worked there for more than 12 years. The funnel starts to become very, very, very narrow for opportunities and growth possibilities. Unless you have solved world hunger in hte last 12 months, you will be asked to leave at some point - so be ready with Plan B. You are almost guaranteed the necessity of pulling the rip cord.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing a great job -


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great company on the upswing, after having gone through a tough decade."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, great benefits, and good challenges at work.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, politics, and not always working on things that really matter for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Satya is crushing it! The CVP and GM level needs some cleaning out to help make MICROSOFT more lean and mean.


  6. "An amazing place to learn and grow"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director Business Programs in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Director Business Programs in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working for a global company with such an inspiring mission is exciting and can lead to endless ways to learn and grow

    Cons

    Huge companies are not for everyone - it can sometimes be overwhelming to keep up with the girth of the business.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to think big, but take small, quick steps towards progress


  7. "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.

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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Helpful (4)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Working at Microsoft"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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