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Microsoft Operation Reviews

Updated August 11, 2018
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  1. "Business Progam Lead"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Lead in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Operations Lead in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, compensation, benefits, Charity and the ability to learn and grow

    Cons

    Politics, large company, and other things that are typical to large companies

    Advice to Management

    Use you team members strengths and develop them to out grow their role.


  2. "dead end"

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    Current Employee - Business Operations Administrative in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Business Operations Administrative in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    microsoft is known for its extensive benefits with good reason

    Cons

    at microsoft its a political game. if you try to make it there with just hard work and experience you might be disappointed.

    Advice to Management

    utilize the skills of your team members without *USING* them. don't make people feel like they were a means to an end.

  3. "Getting better over 15+ years"

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

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

    Pros

    - Growth Mindset
    - Great Executive team with many diverse and inspiring people who clearly want to make Microsoft a great place to work and are moving in the right direction.
    - Many great teams to work on and for, but also not so great ones and the difference across the company can be striking, but I have noticed in recent years that the "bad" teams (usually because of their management) are starting to disappear.

    Cons

    - Slow to change (as expected with any corporation this size)
    - Still occasionally operates like multiple businesses instead of providing a unified view
    - lack of transparency around promotion and pay policies and plans

    Advice to Management

    - increase transparency
    - provide better training/resources to middle management and weed out the bad apples from the lot.


  4. "Great place depending on your manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Operations Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, great bonus opportunities annually, access to incredible resources and tools.

    Cons

    Your manager makes your life. Worked 4 years for an amazing one and <1 year for a terrible one that ended my career their before I wanted to. Also after looking for other roles I found that their compensation levels were not that competitive industry wide.

    Advice to Management

    There should be more opportunity to move to other areas of the company if you don't work well with your manager, especially if you get forced to move under a manager not of your choice.


  5. "Awesome Benefits"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, challenge and empowerment. Great Benefits and stable company

    Cons

    Positions are not stable, there are annual restructuring efforts continuously.

    Advice to Management

    Tools need improvements


  6. "Operations Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are top notch, you will work the brightest and best people who genuinely care are passionate about technology about the work they do.

    Cons

    It's a large company - be prepared to navigate the waters to maximize your individual impact.


  7. "Learn alot and be proud of accomplishments, but don't expect that to make you successful"

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    Former Employee - Operations Progr in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Operations Progr in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly Intelligent colleagues, exciting projects.

    Cons

    Highly Politicized Environment, must play the game to advance.

  8. "Operations Program Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Program Manager
    Current Employee - Operations Program Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, products, & leadership

    Cons

    Probably not a good fit for average performers


  9. "Great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Business Operations Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Business Operations Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft offers amazing learning and development opportunities. For people who like to operate in a high-powered and fast-paced environment, this is a great employer. For people who are not comfortable with constant change, not so much.

    Cons

    Constant reorganization of the company can be disruptive on many levels. Multiple rounds of layoffs lead to a culture where people do not feel encouraged to take bold risks. On the other hand, this has also changed Microsoft's culture for the better. Gone are the combative rivalries, and the dreaded employee stack review system.

    Advice to Management

    A decent amount of frustration occurs due to politics.
    Saw good careers stagnate due to chaotic leadership.


  10. "Director Business Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director Business Planning and Operations in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Director Business Planning and Operations in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, and compensation package, flexibility to Work from home, bright and driven co-workers, company culture is shifting to allow for more trial and growth ideas vs. sure thing, feel privileged to be part of broader organizational goals.

    Cons

    Highly bureaucratic and political, no clear path for advancement or promotions within team or cross-organizational--you are on your own to sell yourself and skills to other teams. Little on the job training is offered, assumption is everyone will avail themselves of online tools which are often dated and/or circular--i.e. websites pointing to each other w/ no information on either. Outside of sales teams, bonus allotments are random and seem untied to work despite assurances that it is all taken into consideration. your bonus depends on how well or poorly your "peer pool" performed. If they didn't do as well, you will get more, if you all perform well, the money is peanut buttered across. Hardly incentive to help co-workers perform, despite cross-group collaboration goals.

    Advice to Management

    Assign clear bench marks for bonus levels. Assist people in future job placements by helping them to find leads, introducing them to others in company who can help.