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Great place

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

I have been working at Microsoft

Pros

- Challenging work & cool projects
- Working with some of the smartest people on the planet
- Your work will be used by millions of people
- Great pay & perks (proclub, connector bus, best medical coverage on the planet)

Cons

- Long hours
- Forced curve (20/70/10) is not good for a high performance & highly talented team where everyone kick butts, but one person needs to be last and get labeled the bottom 10%
- not all teams are great... if you landed with a bad team or manager, don't let it get to you, do your best, keep a good attitude, wait it out, and find a better team that suits you (there are plenty)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep doing the right things like: windows 7, bing, office and servers (sql, exchange, sharepoint)
Get windows mobile 7 out

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    my time with msft

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    great benefits, great location, and very resourceful for employees. opportunities to travel and get in contact with various people in the industry

    Cons

    competitive coworkers makes it a hostile working environment for poeple to enjoy work. too many departments resulting in the delay of projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    did not like virtual team environment and writing bi-annual performance review when it is not necessary - did not make the teams do any better

    No opinion of CEO
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    Lots of hours

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Fargo, ND (US)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Fargo, ND (US)

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Lots of hours and hard work but pay is good for Fargo, ND. Benefits are excellent. Most people are good to work with and friendly.

    Cons

    Staff is over-booked on their workloads. Job coordination between sites or locations is stressed. Communication between sites and locations is lacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take notice on what your direct reports are telling you and listen.

    Approves of CEO
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