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Microsoft Director of Design Reviews

Updated 3 Mar 2018

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  1. "Design Director"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for 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.

    Microsoft2018-03-03
  2. "Corp HR shenanigans"

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    Former Employee - Design Director in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Some co-workers are ethical talented, and hard-working

    Cons

    Senior management and HR are inept, amoral sh&t-heads.

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    Microsoft2014-03-25
  3. Helpful (2)

    "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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    Microsoft2011-06-25
  4. "Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt"

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    The opportunity to learn about business and competition on a global scale. I enjoyed a rare purview into how a business designs, brands and markets new products and - some cases innovative ideas. As an employee you will get to work with well educated, competent people, this is refreshing and can lead to intense intellectual debates generally of the technical kind. If you enjoy software engineering, debating and an unemotional attachment to your work, Microsoft is an ideal place to work. Microsoft is in the PC business, they admire fast providers and people who process fast.

    Cons

    Creativity is constrained except for perhaps marketing careers. Illogical approach to problem solving. Environment is dominated by software programmers and middle managers.

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    Microsoft2010-07-02
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