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It's a amazing company on a path to regain the crown

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA (US)
Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

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

Pros

- Experience with variety of technology, products, business opportunities within same umbrella
- Great place to learn about developing large scale software
- Great salary and benefits - company takes good care of employees

Cons

- Some Performance evaluation philosophies are flawed
- Management is rarely measured for good people management. -good technical folks are people managers.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Agility of software development hindered by tools
- People Managers should be seriously measured for people management
- When products fail or under-perform, it should impact executives who lead it, but have moved on to other jobs.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Microsoft Response

Nov 26, 2012Marketing Manager

Great review, thank you for taking the time. We appreciate the honest feedback.

Best,
GEM

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for until your luck runs out

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    A lot of internal opportunities - if you don't like your current job/manager/project - you can make a change without leaving the company.
    Benefits are top-notch.
    Compensation is finally (as of 2012) up to par with other big local players.

    Cons

    Very uneven work/life balance across the company. A lot depends on a team, and a manager.
    Review system (as of 2012) creates unhealthy rush to avoid getting the bottom 2 ratings (which 20% of the people HAVE to receive). It's next to impossible to go anywhere in the company with a bad rating.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall, pretty good if you don't mind working incredibly hard

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Getting to work with great people in a changing and dynamic environment. Getting fantastic opportunities to work on great projects and progress your career

    Cons

    Zero to no work-life balance which can be tough enough going at time
    Highly competitve environment which is generally good but can have a negative impact, especially since there's no incentive for people to work together.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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