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Lots of great people, but large company culture and politics

Former Employee - Principal Architect in Redmond, WA (US)
Former Employee - Principal Architect in Redmond, WA (US)

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

Pros

Great people, great products, can have impact on millions of people

Cons

Culture has changed, lots of politics and beaurocracy and second guessing

Neutral Outlook

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Everything in the 2012 Vanity Fare article was spot on

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

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

    Pros

    Redmond WA, location; large company offers the many opportunities to transfer internally, transportation assistance (eg. dedicated bus service from around the Puget Sound area), supplementation of fitness club or fitness gear

    Cons

    Microsoft has lacked leadership innovation since 2000 and has been playing constant catch-up to Apple, Google and others. Continuous re-orgs make it extremely difficult to have a thoughtful career path. There is a culture of getting ahead by stabbing peers in the back. Everything in the 2012 Vanity Fare article "The Lost Decade" was spot on - good read if you are considering Microsoft to know in advance what you are getting into.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It will be difficult and take years to change the current culture, and it needs to start from the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work at if you are oblivious to mistakes of upper management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good work (technically) and opportunity to work on cutting edge. Good work culture. Good Perks.

    Cons

    Bad management period. There is a reason the company is spiralling down. At middle levels, too much hierarchy to work effectively. Lack of innovation and a lack of charismatic leader, does not inspire cult following like Apple or Google.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut down the bloat in middle management. Be the leaders you deserve to be, do not let infighting and politics take you down.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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