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"Some of the best people I worked with. But also some of the more misguided products I worked on."

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Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA (US)
Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA (US)
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

great people (but not always)
plenty of products (but not always an opportunity to work on what you like)
experience
salary
Seattle/Bellevue/Redmond area
learning

Cons

progress sometimes is slow due to company/team size
not always easy to find a good team

Advice to Management

Adopt new methodologies to stimulate disruptive products

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great for 16 years, awful for one."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft is a big company with a tremendous number of great people and opportunities. I was able to have several different "careers" by working for different organizations within the company. I could retain the great benefits and seniority while growing my salary and experiences.

    Cons

    The stack ranking and review system is awful. All it takes is one bad manager, or the sudden loss of a good manager, to quickly go from being a star to a low-ranked candidate on the way out the door. Microsoft has lost many, many excellent, dedicated employees due to the current review system.

    Advice to Management

    Empowered middle managers (GMs and directors) are able to ruin an employee's career in an instant. Senior management should keep an eye on this behavior because it is eroding the company's talent base.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Microsoft is a good place to work at, but do not think it's a ray on the Earth"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Strategic Project Manager in Moscow (Russia)
    Former Contractor - Strategic Project Manager in Moscow (Russia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    International work experience, Life-work time balance (although working hard), ambitious and global tasks

    Cons

    Too heavy bureaucratic machine, company values are the words only, too many intrigues, too many people demonstrate their work, while doing nothing useful, goals and commitments not always may be supported by resources

    Advice to Management

    Come back to Bill's LT-insight and strategic approach

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