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Director, Licensing Marketing

Microsoft Redmond, WA

will include:Lead the licensing marketing team, made up of experienced marketing professionals, including setting priorities, driving marketing… Ivy Exec

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Director Product Marketing Management

Microsoft Bellevue, WA

for launch, readiness, compete and all segment sales and marketing activities to drive demand and revenues. The candidate for this role needs to be… Ivy Exec

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Director Product Marketing

Microsoft Redmond, WA

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Director, Partner/Channel Marketing

Microsoft Bellevue, WA +2 locations

The Director, Partner/Channel Marketing is a critical M1 Leadership role within the US SMB team as well as the Microsoft marketing community and is… Ivy Exec

30+ days ago

Sr. Director, Skype Lifecycle Marketing

Microsoft Bellevue, WA +2 locations

for Skype: Plan, develop and lead execution of global acquisition, retention and engagement programs and campaigns across all channels including… Ivy Exec

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Director, Developer Tools & Azure Marketing

Microsoft Bellevue, WA

This role represents an excellent opportunity to innovate in product marketing and deliver against clearly measurable goals in a highly visible… Ivy Exec

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Director, Business Development Analyst- Marketing Solution Sales Strategy

Microsoft Redmond, WA

The Business Development Analyst will set new sales strategy and solution scenarios specifically targeted toward Marketing Decision Makers pain… Ivy Exec

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Sr Director, Services Marketing & Enablement

Microsoft Redmond, NA

that are an integral part of a shared services role. The candidate selected for this position must demonstrate strong leadership, collaboration… Ivy Exec

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    Thoughts after 10 years....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)


    1. If you love tech, this is a great place. No doubt you'll talk tech (mostly the MSFT stack) from enterprise to consumer - from PCs to phones to Xboxes - from datacenter to desktop.

    2. What were GREAT benefits are now VERY GOOD (took a small step down) but still probably better than you'll find at 99% of large corporations. If you've got family - the value of the benefits is even higher. 401k match is nice.

    3. Even with it's struggles MSFT is still a cash printing machine. This means if you can keep your nose clean and do reasonable work, you can have a stable job, pay your bills, feed your family, and not worry (too much) about layoffs. The stock you own likely won't tank, but probably won't go up much either. You'll get a bonus each year and some stock. It's a decent life if you aren't looking to light the world on fire.


    Brand on Your Resume: After many years of losing market share and struggling to be at the front end of innovation and the fact that there's 90,000 employees, don't think MSFT is necessarily going to be attractive on your resume to more agile and smaller companies.

    Managing Your Career: Make you say this out loud so it registers - 90,000 employees work there. Double that for vendors. It is VERY hard to "stand out" and move up in the company. Don't expect your manager to be much of an advocate or enabler to help you meet your career goals - they are basically trying to survive the stack rank every year too. Not familiar with the stack rank? Check out the 2012 Vanity Fair article called "Microsoft's Lost Decade".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'll type it here - but I don't they are listening...
    1. Help proven talent move laterally in the company for new opportunities.
    2. Kill/evolve the stack rank. Here's basically how it's viewed:. 30% of the company gets 1s and 2s - and they are happy. 50% get 3s and that basically feels like getting a "C" in school. This sucks for talented people when a multitude of UNCONTROLLABLE conditions keep you from getting into 1 or 2 range. The 20% getting anything below a 3 are walking dead. In summary, 70% of the company walk away from the review cycle feeling like crap. This is no good.

    After 10 years, I'm leaving - it's just a matter of time until I find the right opportunity. I need to find a company spends 90% of it's time building technology experiences, as opposed to 90% of its time building PowerPoints. And I expect to refuse the exit interview - because if you really cared what I thought, you wouldn't ask me after I decided to leave.

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