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A life-changing experience!

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

Huge ambition
Driven people
Big enough to chase the dreams

Cons

Getting big, impersonal, and unwieldy
Inefficient - empowerment leads to uncoordinated and wasteful action

Advice to Management

Realize that people do business with people they like; sellers sell what they know; employees recommend what they feel great about. EVERY individual employee is valuable in this equation, not just the top 1%.

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  1. Good research

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    It's about research. Lots of freedom. At least in my group.

    Cons

    Not growing, and the trend is to contribute to products as much as possible.

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

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    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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