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Good company, smart people

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA (US)
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA (US)

I have been working at Microsoft

Pros

At microsoft, you have a chance to work with world-class engineers and large scale project, The company provides very comprehensive training and career development path.

Cons

As with any large companies, Microsoft is mature and less agile than many startup companies, this results in late response to market opportunities.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Management has done a great job in company management, they can do a better job in pursing opportunities based on new market trends

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overall, great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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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

    Pros

    Working with smart, focused people. Shipping products that are used by millions. Great location. Highly competent managers. Great benefits. Reasonable compensation. Great resume material.

    Cons

    The work is fairly intense and the pressure to produce is constant. Most people are more focused on promotion than they are on doing the right thing - this can lead to a degree of dysfunction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While MSFT strives to be a great employer with an excellent record on workplace equality, one of the HR policies is, IMHO, immoral. Specifically I am speaking of the requirement to award 10% of the workforce an 'unacceptable' performance rating. While I realize that this is straight out of 'Jack Welch', you can't apply a 10% rule across all teams and groups because this company is self-evidently (take a look at your earnings growth) made up of more than 90% of competent and hard working people. No surprise that an unacceptable rating is the career kiss-of-death. The application of such a blanket rule means that every year, some good employees are given an unacceptable rating just to comply with this unacceptable rule.
    While MSFT is happy to arbitrarily decimate its workforce, they proudly promote the company as one of the great companies to work for. It would be - if you just removed this rule.

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    Great Place to work but like any other big company environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    1) Good number of Product Groups, you can move around and have varied experience
    2) If management likes you, you can grow faster

    Cons

    1) There are Politics
    2) There are backstabbers
    3) Your loss is someone else's gain. And review process vouches for the statement made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Better policies in place needed
    2) Direct Manager has a great amount of say and that needs to be minimized

    Recommends
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