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Great company to work for.

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test  in  Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer In Test in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Great Work environment.
Insurance
recognition.
Bonus and salary

Cons

You need to work hard, stay relevant, and never take your job for granted.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Not everyone can do everything, people have varying skills.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Great Company that lost its way, better to work in Redmond then Silicon Valley

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Microsoft was an exciting and inspiring place to work. The amount of creative ideas appearing everywhere was incredible and in the best of teams they encouraged excellence, team work, work-life balance and delivered excellent quality products.

    Cons

    Group by group differences - some groups were excellent to work in and some were painful. If you find a good group it made all the difference. Microsoft seemed to have a problem with non-Redmond teams - they tried to pay attention and support them but often felt like all events, opportunities were in Redmond and being outside of Redmond was a problem

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Refind your excitement with technology & innovation. The spark was lost (or never had) in Silicon Valley. Back in 2006 Individuals were treated horribly and there was so much bad blood and dislike and management was at the root of driving this problem.
    Re-find the excitement and inspire people to achieve and excel rather then berate and abuse

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Microsoft Sales Environment - better wear kevlar vest

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good Salary. Decent benefits, but diminishing very quickly. Health care will change from nearly free to costly HSA format this year. Probably a great place for technical people. For sales, you won't be there long. Most sales people have 1-2 years, many less. MSFT doesn't seem to care how much you spend on travel, lying on travel claims is rampant. Bad news for shareholders.

    Cons

    If you go into sales be aware: commissions are recoverable if you do not meet 80% of your quota. Very poor account history and sales history. MSFT doesn't seem to know what they sold, when, where? The least collegial atmosphere I've worked in in over 25 years in business. Daggers are out for everyone. My manager took public pleasure in firing people and spoke freely with smiles when he told the story. Managers would not help educate on admin/sales systems, or on accounts. Atmosphere of fear and unnecessary competition between people in divergent groups. No/very little technical support for sales people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire better sales managers who foster team.
    Hire better sales and technical people who understand things other than Windows or MS Office.
    Train sales people to listen. Most MSFT sales people shout down clients. It starting to show in reduced sales.
    Drive out the arrogance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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