Microsoft is so crappy. They remind me of that old guy in the room that always says, “Back in my day…” I can’t stand people/businesses who insist on keeping things “business as usual.” They never progress or move forward. It’s classic Corporate America and it’s lame.
For the longest time I tried so hard to stick it out with Microsoft and PC’s. I felt like the Apple’s of the world were just for zombified status-symbol loving freaks… And for many Apple people that’s exactly what they are. However, once you get beside that, Apple makes far superior products and it’s because of the cultural difference within their company.
Former Microsoft project manager Hamilton Verissimo describes his reasons for leaving based largely in part to the inadequacy of Microsoft’s company culture.
A company who manages from the top down instead of allowing its people to be creative and use their skills, talents, and abilities they were hired for is a company that always loses in the end, as their management style will always reflect their product/services.
In an email interview with Zdnet’s Mary Jo Foley, Verissimo had this to say about Microsoft:
Gross inefficiency: “It’s a very inefficient company, with very little or nothing being done to make it better. MS has small windows of actual product development (new code being written) followed by long period of stabilization.”
Managers push busywork: “For PMs [program managers], like me, some manager pushes idiot time consuming exercises like scenario validation…two months to produce collateral that is bound to be useless in six months, since everything is likely to change.”
Lots of talk, little coordination: “Since MS has a performance review system that values ‘individual’ contributions over team work, everybody want to make impact on everything. Another way to read it is that everybody wants to voice opinions and suggestions and drive them to execution, which commonly lead to mutually exclusive ideas….That leads to dysfunctional products….One thing that really frustrated me was that those random suggestions come from intuition, instead of actual scenarios/facts/data, and commonly show how disconnected MS employees are from the real world.
He also says he could only imagine staying at the company if Steve Ballmer and HR head Lisa Brummel had resigned.
Every product group is managed differently, and disgruntled employees obviously don’t represent the only version of the truth. But these complaints — bureaucracy, poor middle management, and lack of coordination — come up all the time from current and former employees
- Source: Businessinsider.com
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