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Great place to work, lots of different product groups, lots of different roles

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Current Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  Redmond, WA (US)
Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)

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

Pros

The work culture is very open. There are a lot of different roles to choose from - developer, test engg, program manager, product management, marketing, etc. There are also a lot of different product groups you can join internally. Internal movement is very smooth and the process is pretty well understood. Pay is very competitive.

Cons

Most v1 products are a lot of fun to work on. When a product team gets bigger, then the processes that come with it are pretty tedious. With bigger groups, you also get a high level of office politics where folks start engaging in micro-one-upmanship that be pretty damaging to the long term health of the product.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Run a lean product group by focusing on a few areas that you absolutely want to shine in. Ignore the rest. Do not try to please each and every customer in each and every market segment.

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Microsoft Response

Nov 26, 2012Marketing Manager

Very thorough and articulate review, thank you very much for taking the time.

Best,
GEM

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent company, great people, great compensation packages

    Cons

    review system can cause competition instead of cooperation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    end forced stack ranking

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, but company stuck in the past...

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Smart people, large impact, global experience.

    Cons

    Windows, windows, windows...all rotates around the Windows platform vs. innovating and leading the market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bag the horrible review model (MSFT doesn't hire 2, 3, 4 and 5 rating employees so folks hate the label) and free up innovation to compete with Windows.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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