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Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
Current Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

Pros

Stable, great people, great technology

Cons

Very process driven and less creative.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Empower the ICs

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Great place to work, for what it is.

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    • Culture & Values
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    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

    Very customer-oriented in terms of feature prioritization. Smart, level-headed coworkers. Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Big company, lots of organizational churn, and sideways talk about vision. Also legacy code.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting time to make your mark here

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    Current Employee - Senior Editor  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    The company is going through a lot of change at the moment, but it's a good thing as the different groups are becoming more aligned. Good work/life balance here and managers in my group seem very vested in making sure their staff is having and motivated. Opportunites to move up are plentiful.

    Cons

    Like many others, I find the review system annoying. Managers are forced to rank their staff and 'fight' with other managers for ranking among the division. This means that even good employees may get a lower-than-deserved grade because someone has to rank lower than others. It can be demoralizing for those who wind up there. however, management seems to be aware it needs to be fixed, although they don't seem to be doing much about it at the moment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revise the review system so that is more fair and doesn't penalize good workers. Other companies have better review systems in place, so it can be done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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