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Microsoft Consulting Services - worst job in my career

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  • Career Opportunities
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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work - everything depends on org/team

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    lot of emphasis on code quality
    lots of teams with opportunities in any field /area of interest.
    some great co workers

    Cons

    excessive process and slower rate of getting things done.
    the review system is confusing and sometimes rewards visibility more than effort

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Proceed with Caution

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Sales Specialist
    Former Employee - Product Sales Specialist

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

    Pros

    Above average benefits
    Very knowledgeable and talented people

    Cons

    Very political environment. Advancement not based on what you know or can contribute but on who you know.
    The environment inside the company is dog-eat-dog. For each person who gets a "good" performance review, an equal number of people must recieve a "bad" performance review. This leads to cutthroat internal competition, a lack of empathy or friendship in the office, and generally an unfriendly environment.
    High turnover- "burn and turn" philosphy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revamp performance review.
    Change your culture before it is too later

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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