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Company With Huge Potential

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Technical Evangelist
Current Employee - Technical Evangelist

I have been working at Microsoft full-time

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Microsoft is a company with dominant market share in the computer industry, financial resources to fund long-term investments and very strong research and development teams. This enables it to enter adjacent or related markets in search of growth.

Cons

Middle management at Microsoft is short-sighted and overly reliant on inefficient processes and metrics that do not contribute to the company's long-term success. Talent and teamwork often take a back seat to politics as the people who get recognized or promoted are often the ones who play the "game".

Advice to Management

Take a long hard look at your employees and separate the real contributors from those who just talk a good game.

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    Eleven years in sales and one hell of a career starter...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PAM/SEM/CAM/AM in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - PAM/SEM/CAM/AM in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Pays... good
    * Hours... flexible
    * Management... just like anything - hit and miss
    * Upper-management... I like Steve Balmer... sorry reader - he's a passionate guy who is trying
    * Products and solutions... world class
    * Recognition... immediate
    * Credibility... outstanding with clients, customers, and partners
    * So many country subs to go to... so many divisions... pick your poison and start networking

    Cons

    * Political... to the absolutely 100% fullest
    * Review system... changes a lot
    * Sales compensation model... hit and miss depending depending on quota
    * Slow to add new products... part of the pains of working with the worlds largest software company
    * Ability to adjust to SaaS/Cloud paradigms... you will have to take a hit on rev... just have to figure out how to buffer it with more world class ingenuity in product dev!

    Advice to Management

    Fix the field promotion challenges... pull people back to Redmond more readily and start pushing those corporate folks to the field more readily... it's important to actually GET IN FRONT of customer and partners. Meetings to cover meetings has dropped thank goodness but the seasonality of the business needs to be adjusted... I remember being in the field for 3 months after fiscal and it was as though no one was working (customers and partners are still working.)


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    Treats Employees ALMOST as Bad as Customers

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solution Specialist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Solution Specialist in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great 401k Plan
    Great Discounts
    Good Training Resource
    Relationships w/ Fortune 500 Companies

    Cons

    TERRIBLE MANAGEMENT
    Seen as irrelevant in tech innovation, but refuses to change focus
    No Work/Life Balance
    Eroded Values that are Ignored for Bottom Line

    Advice to Management

    Major managerial changes needed from CEO down
    Give up on losing strategies and start a NEW and FRESH play book


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