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Great place to work, lots of different product groups, lots of different roles

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)
Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

The work culture is very open. There are a lot of different roles to choose from - developer, test engg, program manager, product management, marketing, etc. There are also a lot of different product groups you can join internally. Internal movement is very smooth and the process is pretty well understood. Pay is very competitive.

Cons

Most v1 products are a lot of fun to work on. When a product team gets bigger, then the processes that come with it are pretty tedious. With bigger groups, you also get a high level of office politics where folks start engaging in micro-one-upmanship that be pretty damaging to the long term health of the product.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Run a lean product group by focusing on a few areas that you absolutely want to shine in. Ignore the rest. Do not try to please each and every customer in each and every market segment.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Microsoft Response

Nov 26, 2012Marketing Manager

Very thorough and articulate review, thank you very much for taking the time.

Best,
GEM

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    A run-of-the-mill workplace...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Bellevue, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Bellevue, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    A vast company and a solid workplace to start off with before you move to greener pastures. It was a great company once.

    Cons

    It is only a shadow of its former self. The engineering processes have matured and the rot of excessive management makes it a living hell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please leave and move to other workplaces where you can actually make a difference.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Solid internship experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    kind and helpful people, relaxed atmosphere, great perks and benefits, a lot of different areas to work in, company with stable financial results

    Cons

    most positions only in Redmond/Bellevue, because of Microsoft strategy you cannot use many interesting open-source technologies and have to work with those developed in Microsoft, which may not be so valuable if you later want to change company

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