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Product Sales Specialist (Former Employee)

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

ProsAbove average benefits
Very knowledgeable and talented people

ConsVery political environment. Advancement not based on what you know or can contribute but on who you know.
The environment inside the company is dog-eat-dog. For each person who gets a "good" performance review, an equal number of people must recieve a "bad" performance review. This leads to cutthroat internal competition, a lack of empathy or friendship in the office, and generally an unfriendly environment.
High turnover- "burn and turn" philosphy

Advice to Senior ManagementRevamp performance review.
Change your culture before it is too later

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Learned a lot, developed a lot. Great company to work for a number of years.

Finance Manager (Former Employee)

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years


Pros: A few pros: 1-Very professional work force molds you into representing yourself the best way you can in your future career. 2-Fast paced and a lot of… Cons: 1-Work Life Balance is a focus area for the company, but almost impossible to maintain a workweek less than 50-60+ hours, or you will not… Advice to Senior Management: Change the Review System, it is emotionally draining and creates more than necessary competition among employees. May have been great during start up… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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Lots of independence, given chance to make an impact and pursue your passion, rewarded well by industry standards

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Haifa (Israel)

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years


Pros: Autonomy, independence, latest hardware and software, remote access, high level… Cons: Performance review process is a little crazy - managers have to identify a weak 10% and force good employees out. So teamwork is always accompanied… Advice to Senior Management: Get rid of the 10% rule Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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