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Microsoft Consulting Services - worst job in my career

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  • Senior Management
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  • 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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learned a lot, developed a lot. Great company to work for a number of years.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Manager
    Former Employee - Finance Manager

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A few pros:
    1-Very professional work force molds you into representing yourself the best way you can in your future career.
    2-Fast paced and a lot of challenges, teaches you a lot on the job.
    3-Fun teams with casual environment, great relationships and lifelong friendships.
    4-Flexible work schedule, no set business hours and face time required as long as deliverables are hit.
    5-Compensation and Benefits are second to none (but comes with the extra hours)

    Cons

    1-Work Life Balance is a focus area for the company, but almost impossible to maintain a workweek less than 50-60+ hours, or you will not be regarded as a hard working employee. Nighttime work is the norm. It is about how late can you stay up and still show up at work in the morning.
    2-Very tough review system, everyone is smart and start playing games to get ahead of each other. Some people get unfair reviews if they are managing up or spend significant amount of time on office politics
    3-Random firedrills are a culture, being planful is almost penalized, as plans do not stick and you end up spending all the time to be proactive and planful and not getting the benefit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the Review System, it is emotionally draining and creates more than necessary competition among employees. May have been great during start up years, not effective with large number of employees.
    Beware of office politics and reward people for good work, not by who they report to or know.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    The company is reinventing itself

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of products, and opportunities. Good pay and benefits. Ship software that's used by millions.

    Cons

    Slow paced, stupid processes, huge company - responsibility is limited for new hires. Poor managers can screw your career.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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