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became a lead from a SE

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Current Employee - Technical Lead
Current Employee - Technical Lead

Pros

People friendly company, good work culture

Cons

not focused on solutions, too much focus on UX than strategy

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1.  

    The product is alright but could be better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The product is easy to use

    Cons

    Needs to keep being updated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make product cheaper

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Lots of problems but overall a good place to work for a while.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Experience Lead  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - User Experience Lead in Redmond, WA (US)

    Pros

    Great benefits but they are getting worse in 2013. They will still be good but not quite golden.
    Decent compensation.
    Most people are very friendly and good to work with.
    It is relatively easy to move positions within the company to seek new challenges.

    Cons

    A lot of process is needed to guide a ship as big as Microsoft but the company is often a slave to the process instead of effectively using it as a tool.

    It is a very political environment. The best way to "succeed" is the spend a significant proportion of your time selling your accomplishments up the management chain. It is an environment where self-promotion is key.

    A lot of attention is paid to "level" of employees. New hires are often brought in at relatively high levels but can't perform. Despite their poor performance they continue to be chosen to lead projects because of their “level”. There are now many people in the Principal level-band while I’d say less than half deserve to be there.

    Decisions are often made at the upper management / executive levels with zero visibility provided. Why was this product/feature cut? Why are we putting more resources on project X? It is expected that the worker ants will just do what they are told. They don't need to understand why.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time and make an effort to learn what your direct reports are "actually doing" instead of relying mainly on self-reports / self-promotion.

    Provide some visiblity into how and why decisions are being made. Simply dictating from the mountain leads to disatisfactoin.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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