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Microsoft Consulting Services - worst job in my career

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

Pros

-Great peer group to work with
-Compensation is fair

Cons

-Terrible review system. You may get a "5" because of circumstances and not because you did a poor job. A "5" can expect to be out the door in a few months.
-Will not address root cause of problems. Projects grouped into a program were having trouble being successful. Instead of looking at the bad decisions and poor support from the program office, blame fell 100% on the individual project managers.
-Need to spend time on "think teams" which generally do not add anything to work life. Most people in Consulting Services participate in think teams because it is part of their commitments even though they realize it is wasted time.
-Professional Development Managers, in general, do not know how to manage or help their charges be successful.
-Project Managers are either working 70 hours/week and burning out or less than half-time and not making their billable quota. Project Managers have little to no control over getting work, yet their bonus and review depend greatly on that utilization number.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

-Change the review system. Read the comments here in Glassdoor. People don't like it!
-Tone down the rah rah and the guzzling of the Kool Aid from the fire hose. Not all of the employees just came out of high school and want pep rallies. Ballmer jumping up and down on stage and screaming all the time can get tiring.
-Help people succeed. Remove the bureaucracy and roadblocks for success. Listen to your people. Instead of tossing them out, help them succeed.
-Improve consulting services. Microsoft Consulting Services (application software group) overall does not compare to the likes of Accenture, PwC, etc. Engagement Managers routinely underbid projects to get the work and then the Project Managers must repair the damage when the client finds out the the work will really be 4x the original bid. Improve quality of the services to clients and improve the sales to service transition.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Play the game right and you can go far.

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Depending on the team, you can be working on awesome products. Also depending on the team, people are passionate about what they do. Very smart and driven people, for the most part.

    Cons

    Test is often not seen as a key contributor to products, more like monkeys just there to pound on the product after the fact (fwiw this is not only at MSFT). Some people just seem to be there for a paycheck (or a visa maybe), and don't seem to really care about the product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the CEO: make some major changes (e.g. cut divisions that are losing money) to get the stock price, and more importantly public perception, of the company rebooted. To mid-level management: actually act on post-mortem notes and don't just throw them away; actually put automation to use so that it saves time for functional testers and does not just become a separate product to maintain.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company with proven track record.

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Stable high tech company with lots of interesting products.

    Cons

    Stagnate stock price for the last few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aggressive, continue to innovate, and trim overhead.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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