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  1. "Great Experience at Microsoft"

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    People, benefits, location. Hard problems, great scope and scale, limitless budget. It was easy to get traction in teams when you had good ideas and plans to execute. Working across groups can be a challenge but I found people to be very focused on the common goals and overall easy to work with.

    Cons

    Benefits have been trimmed recently, work-life balance can be tough. Coordinating cross-group can be a challenge

    Advice to Management

    Push more, take more risks.

    Microsoft2014-10-03
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    "Microsoft - A declining company"

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    Former Employee - Director Product Management in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Fair to good pay, stable company, good benefits, especially if you have a family. Working at Microsoft affords you a middle to upper middle class lifestyle in a beautiful part of the country (Microsoft is based in the Pacific Northwest).

    Cons

    Corporate is quite political and based on a stack ranking where those who do not know you or your work are giving your compensation and reviews. This means that you're spending quite a bit time building and managing your "self brand" and managing those around you and especially above you. Those that can play politics well will do well, however it does not mean that the best ideas make its way to the top. It my belief...

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    Advice to Management

    One word - LEAD.

    Microsoft2013-01-01
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    "New HR rating system makes it difficult to manage"

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    Current Employee - Director, Product Management in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Still a market leader in many areas. Strong investment in R&D shoudl allow that to continue. - Great benefits. Good salary, especially for lower level roles. Lowest salaried role is over 70K plus bonus - Many smart people

    Cons

    - Being a manager is disturbing. New performance system forces some irrational decision. I'm sure that Microsoft does need to fire 5% of its workforce, but it is simply making the company more bureaucratic. Performance is less critical than political positioning. - Current monopoly profit margins will erode as disruptive technologies drive competition and Microsoft moves to lower margin Cloud products

    Microsoft2012-09-30
  4. "An amazing journey almost two decades long"

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    Current Employee - Director of Technical Product Management in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    A lot of internal innovation taking place, not well understood on the outside Internal opportunities Benefits beyond salary

    Cons

    Decision making takes a long time, moving an elephant Competition becomes very intense at high levels Stock has not moved on 10 years

    Advice to Management

    It's time to really do things differently, leverage the integration opportunities across businesses a lot more.

    Microsoft2011-09-04
  5. "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Director Product Management in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Wide range of experiences, locations and challenges available. Ability to realize these is dependent upon superiors, department and yourself/performance. Poor results will limit your ability to move around and move up so stay focused on the "commits".

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucratic things to slow you down.... Meeting merry-go-round on a daily basis...

    Microsoft2010-12-14
  6. "Good place to work for the non-ambitious"

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    Former Employee - Product Management Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    they have wonderfrul medical and dental benefits. Microsoft is also a very secure place to work and for those who are into a safe employers without weath generation will find working at Microsoft satisfying. The other great thing about Microsoft is that one can move around the company into new areas and learn several different business throughout their career at the company. Most of the people at the company are also...

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    Cons

    Very politcal environment and the overall upside potential for ambitious employees makes it not a very attractive or lucrative opportunity

    Advice to Management

    To invest in quality managers and get rid of polically motivated managers. There are too many senior managers who are not results driven and only focus on politics or resting and vesting.

    Microsoft2009-02-05
  7. "It's all about balance"

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    Current Employee - Product Management Director in Redmond, WA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    While you may well be a small cog in a big wheel, being part of a big wheel means having an opportunity to crush the competition. There are few companies where you truly have an opportunity to make a difference, win and win big. Microsoft is clearly such a company.

    Cons

    Too big. Too bueracratic. Too slow. Great base pay and the stock grant is nice, but unless you are a very senior management, the days of making your first million after 5 years of service (heck, 10 years of service these days) are long since gone; lots of work for a salary with little upside is not what most techies have in mind.

    Advice to Management

    Grow your people, improve your product and grow your share price; it's a virtuous cycle.

    Microsoft2008-07-16
  8. "Microsoft is a Great Place to be if You Love Technology"

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    Current Employee - Product Management Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    First, Microsoft is a giant in the tech industry - everyone either works with or competes with Microsoft in some form. As such it is a great nexus to be in to be part of the sweeping changes in the industry. Microsoft may not always come out top (at first), but you will be part of the mobile transformation, online services, gaming, software as a service, voice over IP and more. That's a great feeling. Second, Microsoft...

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    Cons

    Fisrt, Microsoft competes in so many areas, that it feels like we are always playing catch up to more nimble competitors. This can be disheartening and challenging at the same time, and it definitely takes a lot of energy to keep pushing. Second, Microsoft still has a lot of old guard in place at the top and it sometimes feels like "Ballmers old boys rule the roost". But, that is clearly changing as more outsiders are...

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    Advice to Management

    Build a clear strategy rather than changing mind every two months. Focus focus focus.

    Microsoft2008-05-04
  9. "Microsoft VN is just a family company."

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    Current Employee - Product Management Director in Ho Chi Minh City
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Good Facilities - Good Office Environment. - Good Brand - Working time flexible.

    Cons

    You must take care your boss like your father. young worker doesn't have respect from older.

    Advice to Management

    Change it , works like a "REAL" global company.

    Microsoft2015-10-19
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    "frustrating, due to continuous strategy and personell changes"

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    Former Employee - Director, Product Management in
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    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great company vision and passion for changing the world. Good benefits and concern for individual employees. Great opportunity to learn and work with the global software leader.

    Cons

    Lack of continuity in strategy, management and personell placement. Three different managers in first year with completely different role expectations.

    Microsoft2011-02-01
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