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Great company if you like to drink Kool-Aid

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in New York, NY
Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in New York, NY

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (Less than a year)

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

For an assistant manager, they pay one of the best hourly rates in all of retail. The money is definitely fantastic, despite how much you were making at your last job. The company does really care about the customer. Employees have the right to pretty much do ANYTHING they think is right for the customer, even if that means just giving away free stuff. The company truly cares about you. Corporate and upper management makes an effort to talk to their employees and visit their stores, more so than in most other retail stores. There is a good work/life balance. And they have one of the best benefit packages around, especially for retail. 401K match, stock options, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, gym membership reimbursement, good major medical, dental, and vision insurance, etc.

Cons

They are a company that is trying to break into the retail industry and is really slow growing. They are nowhere near close to doing the kind of business that their competitor Apple stores do. Most of their stores are dead. The product doesn't sell and it's becoming overpriced. A lot of the employees were hired last minute and are DEFINITELY not qualified to be doing the jobs they're doing. Managers were promoted or hired with little to no prior management or leadership experience. Employees are put in temporary locations and could be forced to relocate or be laid off if they cannot relocate. Really mundane and boring job after awhile. Also, the employee discount is HORRIBLE. Only 10% off.

Advice to Management

You cannot expect employees to keep working in these temporary conditions forever. You are going to lose a lot of strong players by not giving anyone confirmation that they are going to have a job for the long term or that more permanent stores are going to open up, Hire some people that have experience in different locations. Some of the areas you are choosing to build stores are a COMPLETE JOKE. Even the sales associates laugh at some of the decisions made by corporate. Take more time. Invest more money into permanent stores in money making places.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Best place to work EVER

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Never micro-managed. Freedom to think. You control your future.

    Cons

    Stack ranking are a bit rough. This is a pro and con... you work with very bright people.

    Advice to Management

    See above cons :)


  2. Helpful (2)

    O365 Technical Sales Professional

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - O365 Technology Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - O365 Technology Specialist in Dallas, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Access to the latest and greatest technology and being part of a company that impacts the world. Your passion for technology can impact millions of people. You can do your day job, then follow your passions to add value to virtually any other part of the company that you have an interest in.

    Cons

    Microsoft's internal environment is too focused on internal politics and climbing the corporate ladder than it is on the technology and truly helping customers realize their potential. Career growth opportunities are limited if you are not in Seattle.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the review model. Separate Individual contributors from management rankings. A director and a senior level technologist should never be in the same stack ranking. They perform two different roles that are vital to the success of the company and the recent changes show that the company values the middle management more than the individual contributor that is out in the trenches making the middle managers successful.


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