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Great company to work for.

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

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

Pros

Great salary and benefits. Very rewarding work environment for most of the people I know.

Cons

The company used to be filled with the smartest people in the world. Now, not so much.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Go back to a 6 month review. The one year cycle is way too long and it's letting the lazy charge at the end for the high review scores. It happens a lot more than you realize. Very disheartening for those of us who want to do a good job and build great products full time.

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Ability to work at a global scale, with the potential to get required resources

    Cons

    The reputation of having worked at MS is diminishing as they aren't viewed as an innovator. The stock isn't risking, so people work to advance themselves over others as a way to get ahead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lots of big bets going on simultaneously. Either organize and resource to take them on, or try for fewer big bets

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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good company to work for, though roles can disappear in an instant as products get dropped.

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    Former Employee - Solution Specialist in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Solution Specialist in Reading, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Renumeration is good for a large corporate. Shares given regularly though upside on shares is low.
    Access to great technology, and good staff software perks including employee purchase and free MSDN Ultimate.

    Cons

    Quite political and sometimes doesn't feel like everyone is pulling in the same direction. Review system isn't great, can sometimes act unfairly to both high and low achievers which can impact bonuses and often success is very dependent on the product rather than the individual.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Microsoft has excellent integration between its software products - try and sell solutions that add client value rather than just trying to bundle products up in an EA or driving hard to get an unneeded product in the EA.

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    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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