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Solid company to work for

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

Pros

Best healthcare as of date. But will change in 2013.

Cons

Little late to respond to market dynamics.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Little late to respond to market dynamics

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Microsoft Consulting Services - worst job in my career

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Great peer group to work with
    -Compensation is fair

    Cons

    -Terrible review system. You may get a "5" because of circumstances and not because you did a poor job. A "5" can expect to be out the door in a few months.
    -Will not address root cause of problems. Projects grouped into a program were having trouble being successful. Instead of looking at the bad decisions and poor support from the program office, blame fell 100% on the individual project managers.
    -Need to spend time on "think teams" which generally do not add anything to work life. Most people in Consulting Services participate in think teams because it is part of their commitments even though they realize it is wasted time.
    -Professional Development Managers, in general, do not know how to manage or help their charges be successful.
    -Project Managers are either working 70 hours/week and burning out or less than half-time and not making their billable quota. Project Managers have little to no control over getting work, yet their bonus and review depend greatly on that utilization number.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Change the review system. Read the comments here in Glassdoor. People don't like it!
    -Tone down the rah rah and the guzzling of the Kool Aid from the fire hose. Not all of the employees just came out of high school and want pep rallies. Ballmer jumping up and down on stage and screaming all the time can get tiring.
    -Help people succeed. Remove the bureaucracy and roadblocks for success. Listen to your people. Instead of tossing them out, help them succeed.
    -Improve consulting services. Microsoft Consulting Services (application software group) overall does not compare to the likes of Accenture, PwC, etc. Engagement Managers routinely underbid projects to get the work and then the Project Managers must repair the damage when the client finds out the the work will really be 4x the original bid. Improve quality of the services to clients and improve the sales to service transition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very Political

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice campus, individual offices, perks, smart coworkers, excellent work life balance

    Cons

    Slow release cycle, product decisions often made by group consensus which makes the product less interesting. Product roadmap often reactionary to industry

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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