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Microsoft Sr Business Analyst Reviews

Updated May 14, 2018
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  1. "Senior Program Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager and Business Analyst in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager and Business Analyst in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    culture, products, options, career development

    Cons

    Closed everything Microsoft technology, very sheilded


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Bureaucratic but manageable"

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Sophisticated set-up for web experiments (at Bing). Repeated experimentation evolves a system highly optimized for its user base.

    It might take significant effort to find an appropriate contact in another part of the company, but once that contact is made, it can cut lots of future bureaucratic red tape.

    The unification of dev and test worked well.

    Cons

    Closed-source technology silo. Tracking down issues in Windows or Office are unreasonably difficult, even with connections to people on those teams. Some internal tools seriously lag behind in quality from comparable ones in the mainstream.

    Some managers are known to fly into a temper. While such behaviour might be unacceptable at some companies, it seems to be freely tolerated.

    Resistance to retrospectives and post-mortems.

    Advice to Management

    Decide on and publicize boundaries of acceptable behaviour.

    Integrate project retrospectives and (ego-free) post-mortems into the culture.

    Replace the term "morale event" with something that sounds less like a clinical optimization of resource output.

  3. "Microsoft - Volume Licensing"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Kenmore, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Kenmore, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great to work with technical folks and architect. Kitchen is well stocked.

    Cons

    No available permanent office. Office supply is not stocked well.

    Advice to Management

    Provide assignment quickly for your staff.


  4. "Depends on Business Group"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Business Analyst in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Senior Business Analyst in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Steady gig, plenty of work although you may have to take initiative to develop specific tasks,

    Cons

    Contractors get crappy work stations, depends on business group but you may be asked/expected to work past 40 hours billed without billing extra, contractors are not involved in strategic decisions - only used to execute on tactical activities.

    Advice to Management

    Cut contractors loose when not enough work or they are not living up to expectations. If the contractor is good, work on succession planning so their knowledge doesn't go down the toilet when they leave.


  5. "It's what you make of it"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity, big challenges, good compensation package. Lots of very smart people. Rarely fall short for lack of resources.

    Cons

    Constant re-orgs, politics, institutional arrogance. Rarely feel like you're part of a true 'team' though the stack ranking process has been killed and this may improve. Dead weight gets pushed around but rarely cleared out.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to drive for focus. Too much distraction everywhere.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Work with some of the smartest people around."

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best part about working for Microsoft is the smart talented people you get to work with. Excellent training for CS under-grads getting started in their career. Microsoft is also mostly merit-driven in the lower levels of the company with flexible career paths for people wanting to stay in the Individual Contributor roles.

    Cons

    Company has lost direction recently and the old guard is too set in its ways to turn the ship around to the recent changes in tech. Many middle managers are focused on their own careers than company's success. Some of this stagnation is frustrating when you are especially trying to develop or launch new products.

    Advice to Management

    Need more customer focus. Lose the attitude of 'not built here'.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working at Microsoft is all that everyone says that it is and more. They take care of their employees and are fair with salary.

    Cons

    Microsoft in its growth has gotten fat in some areas and there may be some trimming of the "fat" if the company is going to continue to succeed

    Advice to Management

    Continue to stress cost efficacy for the company. Over the years Microsoft has gotten a bit stodgy and could use a more consistent approach at cost cutting and removal of ineffective businesses

  8. "Awesome opportunities but little direction"

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, lots of opportunities for growth and to work in different businesses all over the world

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy, lots of confusion in business strategy/direction

    Advice to Management

    Focus less on reorgs and more on figuring out a core strategy for the business


  9. "Msft Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    company takes care of their people. Reasonable working hours, opportunity to work from home.

    Cons

    To big and main actions happen in United States