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Leveling off

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Current Employee - Senior Lead Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)
Current Employee - Senior Lead Program Manager in Redmond, WA (US)

I have been working at Microsoft

Pros

Work on products that are used by hundreds of millions of people.
Enough product diversity that you can work on a wide variety of projects.
Still many smart people.
Best research lab in the world.

Cons

Political
Favors fast follower strategy over innovation
Flat stock price for 7 years, no chance of making money at lower levels, which causes focus on promotions rather than focus on custmers and product success.
Nepotism at high levels.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get a new CEO.
Carly Fiorina was fired from HP for making one big mistake. What is Steve Ballmer still doing there? Operating systems (Vista),entertainment (Zune, Media Center), mobile (WM 6, Kin, tablet?), internet (MSN). Microsoft also has terrible (yet over-powered) people in marketing despite (or because of) Ballmer's background in marketing.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    Corporate Culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    At the time, benefits would be the primary benefit of working at MSFT.

    Cons

    Lack of Senior Management alignment to reality.
    Lack of communication from Senior Managment down through the ranks.
    Thick layer of middle management inefficiency.
    Lack of cohesion between LoBs.
    Lack of team morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Split off Entertainment and Mobile divisions of MSFT.
    Focus on Software development and innovation within these areas only.
    Listen to customer feedback instead of just gathering it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Lost its way

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great people, salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Too much bureacracy, has lost its edge in innovation, too quick to kill off promising products. Annual review process no longer meaningful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a new CEO, double down on web services and wireless until you get it right, ditch the review process and find a new one.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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