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Account Technology Strategist, State & Local Gov – new

Microsoft Corporation Dallas, TX +2 locations

will include, but not limited to:           Providing pre-sales technical/architectural support          … Percipio Media

27 days ago

Business Development and Marketing Manager

Microsoft Raanana, NA

We are looking for an experienced marketer with a passion for partners that is seeking an opportunity to land a major new global program targeted at… Ivy Exec

27 days ago

Director, Business Development - HP Alliance

Microsoft Redmond, NA

The Director HP Alliance will be a key leader in the MS-HP Alliance team who will focus on developing and landing key initiatives… Ivy Exec

30+ days ago

Senior Marcom Manager WWLP

Microsoft Redmond, WA

s, tags, and code for SEO Converts primary content into cutting-edge web… Ivy Exec

30+ days ago

Senior Program Manager - UEFI

Microsoft Redmond, WA

We are seeking an experienced, savvy and versatile Senior Program Manager who has a proven track record through several product cycles. You will be… Ivy Exec

27 days ago

Director of Engineering

Microsoft Redmond, WA

Role Opportunity:The Microsoft Surface Team is seeking qualified candidates to lead a team of Software Engineers as part of the Design Verification… Ivy Exec

23 days ago

Account Technology Strategist State and Local Government

Microsoft Austin, TX

will include, but not limited to: Providing pre-sales technical/architectural support Evangelizing current and future Microsoft products and… Ivy Exec

9 days ago


Microsoft Redmond, WA +4 locations

- BS in Computer Science (MS is a plus). 6+ years of relevant software de ...… Experteer

26 days ago

Principal Software Engineer

Microsoft Bellevue, WA

We are looking for strong technical leader with customer empathy and intuition for great experiences to help improve our application codebase rapidly… Experteer

10 days ago

Senior Program Manager

Microsoft Redmond, WA +5 locations

Manage and Perform Privacy Reviews for over 4000 Office software engineers and marketing personnel Support an ...… Experteer

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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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