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Amazing place to work

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Former Employee - Sales
Former Employee - Sales

I worked at Microsoft full-time

Pros

largest software company in the world
massive R&D investment
most brilliant people

Cons

90,000 employee company so like any large company its a large company and can be complex

Advice to ManagementAdvice

People are your greatest asset

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Know your criteria, constraints and career objectives before you commit.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, notably Insurance coverage
    Learning resources, especially for those early in their career.
    Cultural diversity

    Cons

    There are still differences in organizational culture from group to group inside of Microsoft. Unfortunately this healthy heterogeneity is disappearing, and the trend is movement in the wrong direction. Those groups that treat people with respect as individuals and team players versus commodities, that insist on transparency top, down and sideways, and that have strong, collaborative leadership founded on integrity - they are increasingly harder to find.
    For those groups that lack these characteristics, the annual performance review model is organizationally poisonous, damaging team cohesion, productivity, and employee morale. Team members are distracted from collaboratively delivering business value by necessary attention to political visibility. Problems and delivered solutions may be artificially inflated or worse, manufactured in the interest of management support at review time.
    Performance management, employee recognition and rewards are all critical management accountabilities in any organization. However, these accountabilities are not best assured by forcing managers to fit their staff review results to a static distribution curve regardless of overall team talent.
    Careers can end quickly despite an employee's current and long term positive performance track record. If the manager relationship sours, or the employee expresses interest in moving elsewhere in the company, managers will often leverage that employee to fill the poor performance quota.
    As risk tolerance falls, bureaucracy grows. The increasing administrative burden is further degrading conditions necessary to team agility, efficiency and innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Proactively validate, recognize and resolve risks to the future of the company. Find the courage to identify and eliminate behaviors founded on self-serving preservation, and reward those based on integrity. Start with management at all levels. Extend the performance review model to reward not only individual but team, group, and company. Proof the review model against managers without integrity. Leverage the value in increasingly frequent exit interviews to reduce their frequency in the future. Reduce the corporate risk target with spin offs for multiple lines of business. Read "From Good to Great" very soon. Demand transparency, collaboration and respect as cultural imperatives, and eliminate all personnel, policies or environmental conditions that constraint them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    MSFT Xbox

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, decent pay, fun products

    Cons

    lots of org issues; bloated with lots of redundancies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    streamline. Look at how Amazon structures their orgs. Lean and mean.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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