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Great place

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Current Employee - Senior Lead Program Manager  in  Redmond, WA (US)
Current Employee - Senior Lead Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)

I have been working at Microsoft

Pros

- Challenging work & cool projects
- Working with some of the smartest people on the planet
- Your work will be used by millions of people
- Great pay & perks (proclub, connector bus, best medical coverage on the planet)

Cons

- Long hours
- Forced curve (20/70/10) is not good for a high performance & highly talented team where everyone kick butts, but one person needs to be last and get labeled the bottom 10%
- not all teams are great... if you landed with a bad team or manager, don't let it get to you, do your best, keep a good attitude, wait it out, and find a better team that suits you (there are plenty)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep doing the right things like: windows 7, bing, office and servers (sql, exchange, sharepoint)
Get windows mobile 7 out

Recommends
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  1.  

    Microsoft good and bad

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Program Manager
    Current Employee - Principal Program Manager

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Stable place for folks with mediocre aspirations , Good benefits,

    Cons

    Don't think you can change anything, Old Cruddy windows crew runs the place, No space for innovation - the market proves it. .

    Only competition is internal. very very politicized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of all legacy windows folks at SLT levels. Bring a fresh insight from outside

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    big company on the down way

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    a lot of teams you could choose to jump if needed, though not many openings in the past 2 years

    Cons

    if you dropped to bottom 10% of performance, you are done. Unlike the years before 2009, they will cut off those guys

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop the layoff

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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