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Great company to work for.

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

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

Pros

Great salary and benefits. Very rewarding work environment for most of the people I know.

Cons

The company used to be filled with the smartest people in the world. Now, not so much.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Go back to a 6 month review. The one year cycle is way too long and it's letting the lazy charge at the end for the high review scores. It happens a lot more than you realize. Very disheartening for those of us who want to do a good job and build great products full time.

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    Sr. Program Manager

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    - good overall deal
    - great benefits
    - big impact
    - smart people
    - great atmosphere

    Cons

    - red tape
    - upper management disconnected from employees
    - lack of grand vision so it's hard to map ones job to the company bottom line

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think more about real problems to solve instead of lots of disconnected cool features that seem interesting in a ppt presentation

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    Good company to work for, though roles can disappear in an instant as products get dropped.

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    Former Employee - Solution Specialist  in  Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Solution Specialist in Reading, England (UK)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Renumeration is good for a large corporate. Shares given regularly though upside on shares is low.
    Access to great technology, and good staff software perks including employee purchase and free MSDN Ultimate.

    Cons

    Quite political and sometimes doesn't feel like everyone is pulling in the same direction. Review system isn't great, can sometimes act unfairly to both high and low achievers which can impact bonuses and often success is very dependent on the product rather than the individual.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Microsoft has excellent integration between its software products - try and sell solutions that add client value rather than just trying to bundle products up in an EA or driving hard to get an unneeded product in the EA.

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    Disapproves of CEO
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