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Senior Architect

Microsoft Corporation Reston, VA

Microsoft Services is looking for Regional Architect who has a mix of advanced technology, customer and strategic business acumen. This role requires… Beyond.com


30+ days ago

Sr Consultant

Microsoft Corporation Reston, VA +3 locations

Microsoft Consulting Services is looking for a Senior Infrastructure Consultant that specializes in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server… Beyond.com


30+ days ago

Premier Field Engineer FIM

Microsoft Corporation Reston, VA

Microsoft Services help customers realize their full potential through accelerated adoption and productive use of Microsoft… Beyond.com


30+ days ago

Sr PFE PLATFORMS

Microsoft Corporation Reston, VA

Microsoft Services help customers realize their full potential through accelerated adoption and productive use of Microsoft technologies. We are a… Beyond.com


1 day ago

Consultant – new

Microsoft Corporation Reston, VA +2 locations

We are actively seeking a Consultant who has a strong combination of advanced technology and strategic business acumen. The role requires broad and… Beyond.com


30+ days ago

PFE

Microsoft Corporation Reston, VA +2 locations

Microsoft Services help customers realize their full potential through accelerated adoption and productive use of Microsoft technologies. We are a… Beyond.com


30+ days ago

PRIN CONSULTANT MCS

Microsoft Corporation Reston, VA

The PSSC Development Manager will oversee the design and development for multiple projects, providing guidance and assistance to the Development… Beyond.com


30+ days ago

SR PFE

Microsoft Corporation Reston, VA +2 locations

For this position the candidate should possess superior knowledge and demonstrated technical proficiency in Microsoft Lync Server 2010 and 2013 with… Beyond.com


30+ days ago

SR TECH EVANGELIST

Microsoft Corporation Reston, VA +2 locations

A Technical Evangelist (TE) on the US Audience Evangelism Team uses software development knowledge, technical writing and persuasive presentation… Beyond.com


16 days ago

PFE (Sharepoint)

Microsoft Corporation Reston, VA

The purpose of the Premier Field Engineer (PFE) position is to provide Microsoft customers with reliable technical solutions to the complex… Beyond.com


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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)

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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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