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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA (US)

I worked at Microsoft

Pros

Technology and competitive drive of the company

Cons

Politics and the lack of promotion

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Listen to employees, watch market , work better with strategic partners. Acquire companies that will bring back growth and new incentives

Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not sure when it went bad... or if it went bad... but the latest reorg landed me 2 steps lower in the food chain...

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    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Good environment, not too hard, good people, nice life... good cafeteria... good opportunities to experience a lot of different things...

    Cons

    After 7 years haven't figured the place out... never had a "bad" review, but hard to know how to excel when projects come and go, orgs come and go, just kinda disorienting to live in the midst of a whirlwind of attention deficit disordered excels and powerpoints... feel sometimes like I was late to the game... nobody here now will ever get rich, real estate is too high in the area from all those who already cashed out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot of middle management should be cut out... most every MBA aspires to be a people manager, and they just get in the way of getting work done. A lot of other middle management are just trying to survive... holding people down, etc... to keep themselves up while revolving new crops of people into their ranks...

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Microsoft - Just a big name

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    Former Employee - Senior Market Research Manager  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Market Research Manager in Redmond, WA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Free Sodas
    Good medical benefits (but not for long)
    Decent pay

    Cons

    Too much politics
    No career advancement
    Waste too much time managing up
    No longer a meritocracy
    Company lacks vision after BillG's departure
    Run by "know all" engineers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get BillG back before you all ruin the company. It will be harder for you to attract talent if the stock price does not move.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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