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Leveling off

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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

Work on products that are used by hundreds of millions of people.
Enough product diversity that you can work on a wide variety of projects.
Still many smart people.
Best research lab in the world.

Cons

Political
Favors fast follower strategy over innovation
Flat stock price for 7 years, no chance of making money at lower levels, which causes focus on promotions rather than focus on custmers and product success.
Nepotism at high levels.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get a new CEO.
Carly Fiorina was fired from HP for making one big mistake. What is Steve Ballmer still doing there? Operating systems (Vista),entertainment (Zune, Media Center), mobile (WM 6, Kin, tablet?), internet (MSN). Microsoft also has terrible (yet over-powered) people in marketing despite (or because of) Ballmer's background in marketing.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Many projects and smart people

    Cons

    Too many managers, too few doers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trim the management layer

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Current Employee - Principal Program Manager
    Current Employee - Principal Program Manager

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Benefit is pretty good, nice work environment

    Cons

    Internal conflicts, lots of power struggles

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the review curve, it is motivating negative behavior

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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