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Leveling off

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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

Work on products that are used by hundreds of millions of people.
Enough product diversity that you can work on a wide variety of projects.
Still many smart people.
Best research lab in the world.

Cons

Political
Favors fast follower strategy over innovation
Flat stock price for 7 years, no chance of making money at lower levels, which causes focus on promotions rather than focus on custmers and product success.
Nepotism at high levels.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get a new CEO.
Carly Fiorina was fired from HP for making one big mistake. What is Steve Ballmer still doing there? Operating systems (Vista),entertainment (Zune, Media Center), mobile (WM 6, Kin, tablet?), internet (MSN). Microsoft also has terrible (yet over-powered) people in marketing despite (or because of) Ballmer's background in marketing.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Benefits are still generous. Good work-life balance: It's a 9 to 5 company

    Cons

    Total bureaucracy. What matters is who you know, not what you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being MS-centric

    Disapproves of CEO
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    Lost its way

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great people, salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Too much bureacracy, has lost its edge in innovation, too quick to kill off promising products. Annual review process no longer meaningful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a new CEO, double down on web services and wireless until you get it right, ditch the review process and find a new one.

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    Disapproves of CEO
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