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Excellent Company to work for

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
Current Employee - Software Development Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

I have been working at Microsoft as an intern for less than a year

Pros

The company took good care of the interns, even the ones not in the Redmond location. Microsoft had a fun culture, interesting events, and an overall well organized intern program.

Cons

Microsoft is a large company that can be stuck in process and organization, that might slow down work progress and stifle creativity in favor of organized productivity.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Microsoft Consulting Services - worst job in my career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than a 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
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    Smart people, ability to make a real difference

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Program Manager Lead  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Principal Program Manager Lead in Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The ability to work on real, cool and important technology that is used by millions of people across the world. Intelligent, helpful and hard-working people. The changing industry landscape is spurring more innovation and new opportunities. The work culture is stable and welcoming, people are expected to have meaningful lives outside of work. :-)

    Cons

    Adapting to change isn't always easy (reorgs can be confusing to navigate), there's often an underlying tension about performance reviews, and we have quite a bit of room to grow when it comes to collaborating across organizations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to encourage divisions to collaborate to build great customer experiences, continue to encourage taking risks and trying new things. Keep up the great benefits! The new health center on campus is awesome.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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