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Great place to work, lots of different product groups, lots of different roles

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)
Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

The work culture is very open. There are a lot of different roles to choose from - developer, test engg, program manager, product management, marketing, etc. There are also a lot of different product groups you can join internally. Internal movement is very smooth and the process is pretty well understood. Pay is very competitive.

Cons

Most v1 products are a lot of fun to work on. When a product team gets bigger, then the processes that come with it are pretty tedious. With bigger groups, you also get a high level of office politics where folks start engaging in micro-one-upmanship that be pretty damaging to the long term health of the product.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Run a lean product group by focusing on a few areas that you absolutely want to shine in. Ignore the rest. Do not try to please each and every customer in each and every market segment.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
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Microsoft Response

Nov 26, 2012Marketing Manager

Very thorough and articulate review, thank you very much for taking the time.

Best,
GEM

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a great place for young people

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

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Salary is good. Benifit is good. Work place is good. People are nice.

    Cons

    Usually young people are hard to take challenging work. Promotion is mainly based on how long you have worked here. Hard to get promotion quickly, especailly in some old teams, like Windows, Office.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company with great employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Huge company with broad range of products and services - You will find something in MSFT that you are passionate about
    -Employees are treated well, fairness and equality in workplace, lots of perks
    -There are a lot of bright people here that you can learn from.

    Cons

    -Stack ranking: Forced curves
    -bureaucracy: sometimes you have to work your way to avoid bureaucracy
    -internal politics: personal achievement sometimes becomes more important than customer needs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Be more visionary

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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