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Great culture and innumerable opportunities!!

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Curriculum Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Curriculum Manager in Redmond, WA

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

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

Pros

Amazing environment, great benefits, smart folks, endless opportunities, technology heaven!!

Cons

The stack ranking system puts unnecessary pressure. Some jobs appear redundant. Too many office moves seem wasteful.

Advice to Management

If there was a good performance measurement system then a forced stack ranking wouldn't be necessary. Poor performers would be fired and good performers wouldn't be forced out of their jobs.

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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.)


  2. Helpful (2)

    Two Class of Employees Structure

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Looks great on your resume after you leave; If you didn't know how politics work on a Big company it will help you learn. Great Work Environment, top of the line IT infrastructure, Food at the office is gourmet, working conditions is the best I have seen. Going to the actual office is Optional, If you like traveling and you are an employee, you can circle the world, and take training nonstop all year round.

    Cons

    This is a two “very” separated class environment, where FTEs are the higher class with all benefits, career advancement, opportunity for lateral moves etc. If you happen to be a contractor (60%) of the workforce at least in the Area I was working. You can expect low pay, no benefits and absolutely no career advancement, if there is an open position and there is an FTE who wants that position there is no way a contractor can get it. Politics are as you can expect on a Big company, not worst than any other I have worked at. Contractors in general do the work; FTEs in general do the PPT and travel around showing the presentation to the Bosses..! A lot of time is consumed on trying to show progress on whatever it is that you are doing, even if there is no progress at all.

    Advice to Management

    My Advice to Management; just look at the trajectory of the company, you can’t be a best class company with 60% of the workforce being contractors, focus on the several layers of Fat on the structure of that company, or face reality..!


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