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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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    A review of a 20 months contract as a v- at microsoft

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer - COntractor  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer - COntractor in Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    *) Microsoft has a lot of money, so we always got to play with latest technologies.
    *) With a few minor exceptions every one is extremely respectful.
    *) People are very helpful, which provides ample opportunity to learn new skills and expand your knowledge.
    *) Always something to do.
    *) Compensation is very good.
    *) Contractors/Vendors are welcomed to most social events and gatherings.
    *) Although a very fast-paced workplace, you are always allowed to work at your own pace.

    Cons

    *) Microsoft has a policy of training new managers by placing contractors under them. After all, a full time employee can complain, file an official review, go to HR and so on. As a contractor your recourse is very limited, and you dont get reassigned, you either walk away, or get fired. In my case I had a very inexperienced person with no management experience. That made the work environment very difficult.
    *) As a contractor you are often reminded of your place on the food chain.
    *) Although not personally, but a coworker sitting right next to me received an email from a manager telling him that it wasnt his place to learn new skills as he was hired to perform a specific job and if he has extra time to learn, he should either get back to work, or go home.
    *) My payrate was cut by instituting a 'sitting fee' and i was refused to be allowed to work from home, that meant I lost nearly 4$ per hour. Manager was inflexible, and after 20 months refused to consider consider a salary review.
    *) Higher up the food chain, Microsoft is a very political place, and as a contractor you will sometimes be used as a scapegoat. The typical thing is to publicly send a 'blame' letter, and to almost privately immediately apologize for losing temper via internal chat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a strong culture of 'blue badge' - 'orange badge' at Microsoft, and while it's not as bad as black discrimination, it's a very adverse environment overall. This mentality clearly stems from the upper management of the company and is openly displayed by some people in the workplace. This needs to stop.

    No opinion of CEO
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