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if you can work 10-12 hours everyday on regular basis - you can grow easily. Forget work-life balance!!

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Microsoft

Pros

Some really smart people to work with. If you work really hard and can prove yourself - you will be rewarded very well. But you need to be on "core" projects - that matters most to your group.

Cons

For working mothers, hard place to grow and keep balance between work-family. Extra hours put in close to any sort of release ( 60 hours/week ) is normal / expected but not rewarded. Amibition + hardwork is not enough - you need to be aggressive as well.

No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Chaotic - Doesn't seem quite sure what business they're in.

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

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    The health benefits are second to none. The Redmond and Bellevue campuses are high-tech, extremely comfortable and eco-friendly. The on-site facilities and ammenities are unprecedented. Most of the people working at Microsoft are among the smartest and most passionate people in the industry.

    Cons

    Inconsistent management across business units. Politics plays a greater role in how people are rewarded than does their performance. The company still evaluates people on a curve, meaning that 10% of the people MUST be ranked in the bottom 10%. Even super-stars. People are very unhappy and no one feels valued at Microsoft today.

    Also, strategic thinking from the top is slow and only focused on “me to” products. Instead, they should be innovating and bringing the next new technology to market. The company still acts like it is a start-up, with a “ready – fire – aim” mentality. They need to conceed that they are a 43 year old company, in an exceptionally competitive environment. They can't continue to rest on thier deep pockets and fading reputation. Microsoft needs to wake-up before they drive themselves into obsolesce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the people you work for are your most valuable asset. There is more to happiness in the workplace than free soda and great healthcare. People need to feel that their contributions at all levels are valued, and that delivery of their skills on your behalf will be recognized by management. Drop the “curve” and let smart people thrive. Get rid of toxic managers and executives and become a company that embraces diversity instead of just taking about it.

    There is a reason why Google built their sizable facility in Kirkland. Once Microsofties grow tired of Microsoft’s behavioral inconsistencies all they need to do is walk to the next city and Google will welcome them with open arms.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Many years ago it was a great place to work but poor leadership and an exceedingly political culture have ruined it.

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    - Microsoft's pay is adequate and the benefits are excellent.
    - There are many great individual contributors.
    - Once you've established a track record of success, it is relatively easy to move around the company to find new challenges.

    Cons

    - Exceedingly political
    - Not friendly to people who are not hard-wired to 'play the game' in order to climb the corporate ladder
    - Very poor leadership culture (highlighted by terrible senior leaders)
    - Never more than on re-org away from working for a poor manager

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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