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  1.  

    Highly complex org structure, all innovation Seattle only

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Regional Sales in Melbourne

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Global company. OK pay and conditions.

    Cons

    All tech and product innovation out of Seattle. C grade middle management end up hiring more C and D grade people. Repeat for 20 years and you have an explanation as to why most new things they do end up sucking. If you are not in sales or service support and don;t live in Seattle you are a nobody.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break the closed middle management culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    No

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    This is really annoying go away

    Cons

    Pits awful and political, shocking

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great learning experience, but be prepared for internal politics if you want to stay onboard

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    Former Intern - Sales
    Former Intern - Sales

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good working environment, treated well with flexible working opportunities and if well organised can create a good work/life balance

    Cons

    Very important to self promote internally, it's more about who you know rather than what you do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Like pretty much everyone else has told you, cut the bureaucratic red tape and the obsession with scorecards, need to focus on actually delivering the message you push onto your employees (focus on customers).

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    The once passionate and driven culture is gone..

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and work life balance if you work at it. You'll get to work with some super smart and inspiring people every day. You'll get great access to gadgets to show off. The customers are generally great to work with and you'll be challenged and empowered often.

    Cons

    Recognition is basically non existent if you're a head down bum up type of person. Its about who you know and how loud you can tout yourself rather than the work you do. The review process is unfair and punishes high performers just to satisfy the 'bell curve'. Middle management are all about their own careers and manage upwards. They'll also have no issues shifting the blame to team members to save themselves. Base salaries are low, especially if you're an ex graduate, but there is the potential to make up a decent salary with your bonuses (if you meet all of your targets and your boss likes you). Being younger also doesn't do you any favours. Your career progression will be heavily based on your age rather than your proven capability. You'll also get less respect and remuneration in role compared to older peers, even if you are performing at a higher level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a middle management team who know how to manage people! Recognise those that do a great job and give ex graduates the same level of opportunities and remuneration as other employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Bitter and old

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Some great products and a great history.

    Cons

    Old, bitter culture. Very easy to do nothing but just go to meetings and ask tough questions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be human, not robots... feedback is too robotic and there is too much of it for minor things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for some

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    So much money - great benefits, good salaries and plenty of ability to do nothing at all.

    Cons

    Can be boring as hell.

  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Turning into the Walmart of the Tech Industry

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Sydney
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Sydney

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work/life balance
    Access to the latest technology
    Alright benefits

    Cons

    Review process is shocking, you are literally competing with your peers so you just don't want others to do well
    It's all about self promotion, you need to make sure you send out updates to the whole company to increase your visibility
    Spend way too much time in front of spreadsheets reporting on the business and not enough time with customers and partners
    Too focused on beating the competition rather than looking at what is best for the customer
    Field marketing teams focusing more and more on localisation of US creative
    Loss of autonomy for creative and innovative thinkers
    Low morale with staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in leaders who are want to innovate and provide creative thinkers autonomy
    Rehaul the review process
    Too many business ops individuals running the place - great for the short term but will terrible for the short term

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Smart people who focus on achieving their own "objectives"

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    Former Employee - Manager in North Ryde
    Former Employee - Manager in North Ryde

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great brand awareness and large organisation benefits. A few intelligent people who make coming to work a good experience. Nice looking offices and travel to the USA once a year for training. If you're female and want a shortcut and career advancement apply immediately!

    Cons

    Very factional environment and if you're not 'in' with the right people you'll not get any opportunities for advancement, currently very strict on female hires and advancement for ladies. Very cut throat environment with really bad behaviour at all levels that seem to be rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of top 3 layers of local management, bring in real Microsoft people to fix the current culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Political, stale and unimaginative

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Sydney
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Sydney

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cash - company is sitting on a mountain of cash and can afford to blow big budgets for Marketing campaigns every quarter which makes your job easy.
    Products with significant market share - Windows and Office - as a Marketer, you can expect sales to roll in regardless of how well you do (or in the case of many - don't) your job well

    Cons

    Very political environment - many dinosaurs in this company make it hard to do any real work as everyone is playing games to try to move up the ranks. This is particularly tough for new graduates as they are competing for air time with 15 year old dinosaurs who have strong connections with the SLT
    Unimaginative - Marketing spend is largely focused on dragging competitors' names through the mud and copying features and products

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great learning & development, huge brand, lost their way of late.

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

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

    Pros

    Strong, values based culture (in Australian subsidiary) focused on personal development and rewarding high achievers. Very high average IQ and capability of staff. Good alignment of personal goals to company goals. Great benefits package.

    Cons

    High pressure, more and more revenue driven. Quarterly reporting, forecasting, pipeline management is everything, at expense of customer relationship and long term outcomes. Some teams dysfunctional due to poor leadership, not being sorted out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a longer term approach, continue to invest in the best and not focus as much on keeping the market happy from one quarter to the next.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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