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Leveling off

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  • Career Opportunities
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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    Corporate Culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    At the time, benefits would be the primary benefit of working at MSFT.

    Cons

    Lack of Senior Management alignment to reality.
    Lack of communication from Senior Managment down through the ranks.
    Thick layer of middle management inefficiency.
    Lack of cohesion between LoBs.
    Lack of team morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Split off Entertainment and Mobile divisions of MSFT.
    Focus on Software development and innovation within these areas only.
    Listen to customer feedback instead of just gathering it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    It's alright

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Schedule flexibility, people are great to work with and occasionally work for.

    Cons

    Unreaslistic, unclear goals, times are changing, attempting to accomplish goals can be challenging with too many systems and too many restrictions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set clear goals.

    No opinion of CEO
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