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Consulting Team Manager

Microsoft Reading, England +3 locations

The Consulting Team manager (known as Professional Development Manager) is an important role in Microsoft Services. The role is an integral part of…

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Senior Consultant

Microsoft Bandar Seri Begawan, NA +2 locations

As a Microsoft Consultant, you will deliver quality engagements with your expertise, either as an advisor, reviewer or resource in high… Ivy Exec

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Applied Researcher – new

Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA

learning, data mining, statistics, operations research, and micro-economics…

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Researcher - Personalization – new

Microsoft Corporation Herzelia, ,IL

We ship Cortana - Microsofts personal assistant! Our research team… for a senior researcher with the following skills and experience: § Strong…

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Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA

As a Senior User Researcher on our team, you'll become part of the engineering process and partner closely with Designers, Program…

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Advanced Analytics Manager - Customer and Market Research (CMR

Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA

The Customer and Market Research (CMR) team is one of the largest Market Research departments in the world and…

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Product Marketing Manager - NAV

Microsoft Norge, VA +12 locations

The Dynamics business is at a pivotal time to deliver business solutions and enterprise services through the cloud and through partners that help…

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Data & Applied Scientist, Senior – new

Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA

) and provide world class research and response capabilities with the simple…

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Senior Data Scientist - Skype

Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA

Degree in Computer Science, Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, or other quant-focused field. Advanced degree preferable but not required. Experience…

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Microsoft Corporation Saint Louis, MO +3 locations

The consultant applies advanced analysis skills and experience in SharePoint deployments and in-depth knowledge to work on the MCS team that defines…

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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 for 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.