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Great job, bad location.

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Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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Pros

Microsoft offers comprehensive training right from the start, so it is a great place to hone your knowledge and skills of not only Microsoft products, but of the dominant products in the industry. Microsoft Unified Communications software is excellent for employee to employee communications, and internal efficiency.

Cons

Microsoft has yet to invest fully into China, so you are still working in a developing country. The office environment was bland, and Chinese regulations can be tough when it comes to heating and cooling. You boil in the summer, and freeze in the winter.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Clarify your business model so it is can be understood by all.

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    Good benefits, good people, management needs improvement

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    Former Employee - Sales Operations  in  Vienna (Austria)
    Former Employee - Sales Operations in Vienna (Austria)

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    The company offers good salaries and a good benefits package. It definitely looks good on your resume if you decide to leave. You work with some very intelligent people who are passionate about the company and its products.

    Cons

    The downsides are pretty standard for any huge corporation. Lots of Microsoftees are pretty "religious" about their products and often have a hard time accepting that the IT world is a big green garden where different types of flowers can flourish without interfering with each other.
    The small Austrian subsidiary was suffering from poor executive management, which caused many good employees to leave.

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    Senior Management needs to get out of the vicious circle of favoritism. It is quite frustrating to see friends of friends taking key positions while truly competent people are being left behind.

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    great company but limited career advancement opportunities

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    The name of Microsoft on your CV is great to have. There is a supportive collegiate atmoshere where the employees help out each other without the dog-eat-dog atmoshere of other companies. There is a fantastic work-life balance where time off is not just permitted but promoted. They value employees and their families.
    The benefits package is flexible and is very reasonable - perhaps the best I have had in my career to date. The tools you get to do your job are cool. They are very focused on being "green".

    Cons

    Microsoft do not pay very well. It is a product-focused sales organisation (if you are in the Sales, Marketing and Services Group) when it should be embracing "Solution" selling and a consultative approach to its customers.
    It is now focused on short-term revenue targets and drive short-term behaviour. The upper management team is OK but somewhat ineffective; the middle-managers tend to micro-manage their team based on weekly revenue reporting.
    It is anticipated that you self-serve when it comes to knowledge about products etc. Email overload and too many meetings (but this is common in large comanies).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take a longer term view and invest in people who are prepared to become trusted advisors to their customers rather than short-term product salespeople.

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