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It's a amazing company on a path to regain the crown

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Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA (US)
Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

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

Pros

- Experience with variety of technology, products, business opportunities within same umbrella
- Great place to learn about developing large scale software
- Great salary and benefits - company takes good care of employees

Cons

- Some Performance evaluation philosophies are flawed
- Management is rarely measured for good people management. -good technical folks are people managers.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Agility of software development hindered by tools
- People Managers should be seriously measured for people management
- When products fail or under-perform, it should impact executives who lead it, but have moved on to other jobs.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Microsoft Response

Nov 26, 2012Marketing Manager

Great review, thank you for taking the time. We appreciate the honest feedback.

Best,
GEM

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    A Sinking Ship

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    Former Employee - Program Manager and Developer in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Program Manager and Developer in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus
    Flexible work policies are common
    Free drinks
    Smart people to work with
    Great Health Care- but this is changing significantly in 2013

    Cons

    Review System- it has become more important to "manage your career" than create great products
    Review System- Promotes back stabbing and an unhealthy, toxic work environment
    Bloated software products that no longer delight the industry
    Horrible software licensing system
    Engineering "silos" of developer/test/program management which are ineffective and inefficient

    I left Microsoft after 13 years. For the first 11 years, I received excellent performance evaluations. Then, when the review system changed, I suddenly found myself to be rated a poor performer- despite being the only person in my group to actually deliver a feature that shipped! Once you get a bad review, you are labeled as such and a comeback is extremely unlikely. I decided to leave before enduring more undeserved humiliation. I now work on open source software, and have replaced all of my windows based devices and software with open source, Apple, and Android equivalents. This turned out to be much easier than expected- leading me to realize that Microsoft is becoming increasingly irrelevant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Steve Ballmer should go
    Review system should be revamped

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    good experience

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

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor

    Pros

    facilities, benefits, and the healthy work environment

    Cons

    weather, work load, and also pressure

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