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Microsoft Consulting Services - worst job in my career

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
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 work environment on high impact products that touch millions of users around the globe.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Product Planner in Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Product Planner in Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Results oriented.
    Relaxed work environment.
    Competitive salary.
    Great sense of community.
    Easy job search and role switching within company.

    Cons

    Based in Redmond.
    At times, hindered by legacy products and services.
    Difficulty creating truly cross-platform products with consistent experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would like to see the upgrade cycle look more like waves than updates. Push changes out quicker to consumers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great place to work at!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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