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Despite reservations about Microsoft's future (esp in the consumer space) it treats its employees really well.

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Current Employee - Finance Manager  in  Redmond, WA (US)
Current Employee - Finance Manager in Redmond, WA (US)

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

Pros

-Respects work/life balance, invests strongly in employees' personal development
-Inclusive and diverse company culture
-People generally change roles every 18-24 months, so lots of opportunities to continue learning

Cons

-Decision-making needs to be more agile in order to catch up to competitors. Because of the many divisions at Microsoft, there's a fair amount of bureaucracy/politics
-Stack-ranking employees (i.e. top 20%, bottom 10%) within teams hurts morale, esp. in high-performing teams
-Cafeteria food not nearly as impressive as other tech companies/startups

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company with lots of opportunity to move and grow, but no work/life balance

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    Former Employee - Program Manager II  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Program Manager II in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You get to work on big products used by millions of people, and there are lots of opportunities to learn and grow your skill set because you can move around within the company quite easily. Also provides some of the best benefits you'll ever find from any company. Lots of fun events!

    Cons

    Requires an enormous amount of your time to be effective, so there's little real work/life balance. The performance review process is overly political, pits you against your peers (causing some to be less willing to help you or take credit for things they didn't do), and your ability to do well tends to be tied quite closely to your manager's standing in the management team, and your manager's effectiveness in fighting for you in stack rankings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Discard the old Gates-style stack ranking process, it's time for it to go.

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

    Your manage makes Microsoft a nice place to work... or not.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great career opportunities
    Make an impact in technology
    Build good relationships

    Cons

    Annual Review Model
    Too much busy work that doesn't affect the bottom line
    Heavy middle management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce middle management and make the org flatter.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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