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Lots of great people, but large company culture and politics

Former Employee - Principal Architect  in  Redmond, WA (US)
Former Employee - Principal Architect in Redmond, WA (US)

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

Pros

Great people, great products, can have impact on millions of people

Cons

Culture has changed, lots of politics and beaurocracy and second guessing

Neutral Outlook

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    Everything in the 2012 Vanity Fare article was spot on

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Director  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Redmond WA, location; large company offers the many opportunities to transfer internally, transportation assistance (eg. dedicated bus service from around the Puget Sound area), supplementation of fitness club or fitness gear

    Cons

    Microsoft has lacked leadership innovation since 2000 and has been playing constant catch-up to Apple, Google and others. Continuous re-orgs make it extremely difficult to have a thoughtful career path. There is a culture of getting ahead by stabbing peers in the back. Everything in the 2012 Vanity Fare article "The Lost Decade" was spot on - good read if you are considering Microsoft to know in advance what you are getting into.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It will be difficult and take years to change the current culture, and it needs to start from the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    It is a great journey with ms

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Lead Program Manager  in  Haidian, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Senior Lead Program Manager in Haidian, Beijing (China)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great working env., great benefit, challenge work targets, well training, flexible mgmt. smart team mates, very unique culture, very aggressive, realistic

    Cons

    Internal politics is terrible. Too much US centric.. Big company sick, too many meetings, performance review process is poor, could not well fit in to local env., too much windows focus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thinking about more on quality of growth

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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