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Microsoft Consulting Services - worst job in my career

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

Pros

-Great peer group to work with
-Compensation is fair

Cons

-Terrible review system. You may get a "5" because of circumstances and not because you did a poor job. A "5" can expect to be out the door in a few months.
-Will not address root cause of problems. Projects grouped into a program were having trouble being successful. Instead of looking at the bad decisions and poor support from the program office, blame fell 100% on the individual project managers.
-Need to spend time on "think teams" which generally do not add anything to work life. Most people in Consulting Services participate in think teams because it is part of their commitments even though they realize it is wasted time.
-Professional Development Managers, in general, do not know how to manage or help their charges be successful.
-Project Managers are either working 70 hours/week and burning out or less than half-time and not making their billable quota. Project Managers have little to no control over getting work, yet their bonus and review depend greatly on that utilization number.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

-Change the review system. Read the comments here in Glassdoor. People don't like it!
-Tone down the rah rah and the guzzling of the Kool Aid from the fire hose. Not all of the employees just came out of high school and want pep rallies. Ballmer jumping up and down on stage and screaming all the time can get tiring.
-Help people succeed. Remove the bureaucracy and roadblocks for success. Listen to your people. Instead of tossing them out, help them succeed.
-Improve consulting services. Microsoft Consulting Services (application software group) overall does not compare to the likes of Accenture, PwC, etc. Engagement Managers routinely underbid projects to get the work and then the Project Managers must repair the damage when the client finds out the the work will really be 4x the original bid. Improve quality of the services to clients and improve the sales to service transition.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Great place to work at!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    Lots of growth opportunities
    Different career paths
    Several businesses to pick from
    Good compensation

    Cons

    Several layers of middle management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Don't pass up a chance to work at Microsoft.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Generous benefits. Plenty of resources and leeway to do your work. They place a lot of trust in their employees to do the right thing.

    Cons

    Lots of competition, vertical movement is difficult. Usually have to move out to move up. Stack ranking can work against you if you're a solid performer but not ambitious (department dependent). If you are ambitious then get in line. Work/life balance will likely suffer if you want to move up the chain.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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