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Microsoft is a big company, with pockets of greatness and pockets of sadness to found

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Microsoft

Pros

Microsoft allows an individual to have a career maintained with one company because there are so many technologies to work with, and numerous organizations as well.

Cons

Policies around performance review are severly antiquated and do not have concrete, measurable goals that are guaranteed to further your career.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get rid of any type of labels altogether (e.g. level 65, contribution rating, job title, etc..). For commitments, have 2 - achived and didn't achieve. Reward greatness on a case by case basis. This will help people focus on their job and ignore distractions like who got what.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to work

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    - There are lots of smart people to work with.
    - The separate roles of PM, DEV, and TEST are cool.
    - The technology is very cool.

    Cons

    Sometimes things move a bit slow since it is a large company. Not all of the management is great at giving feedback.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice to get a little more structured feedback from managers. Sometimes feedback can be vague, so maybe more training for managers on how to give constructive feedback would be nice.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not same Microsoft I joined

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

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Benefits, benefits, benefits... Enough said. Also, if you are smart, you can stretch what you work on for weeks and nobody will notice (that's also a con, as you will eventually become lazy)

    Cons

    Process is at times unbearable. Advancement in career is largely dependent on 'who-you-know' game, and if you came in lower level it is very hard to advance.

    Changing job inside company is very hard -- you have to go through interview loop as any other external candidate, but you also have to tell your current manager about it _before_ your interview is even scheduled. Technically, manager cannot prevent you from interviewing after 18 months in position, but it really brings you to uncomfortable position -- with scarcity of internal positions nowdays, there will be tens of people interviewing for one position, so there is good chance that you are not going to get it. While managers pay lip-sync to the line that they are there to support your career, you frequently become pariah in your group after you tried once to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow easy internal transfer, without notifications to current management -- that will help break fiefdoms throughout the company.
    Get rid of stupid 10% review category -- either fire me or do not brand me as failure.

    Disapproves of CEO
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