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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 for 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. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for 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
  2.  

    It is a great journey with ms

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Lead Program Manager  in  Haidian, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Senior Lead Program Manager in Haidian, Beijing (China)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great working env., great benefit, challenge work targets, well training, flexible mgmt. smart team mates, very unique culture, very aggressive, realistic

    Cons

    Internal politics is terrible. Too much US centric.. Big company sick, too many meetings, performance review process is poor, could not well fit in to local env., too much windows focus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thinking about more on quality of growth

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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