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Great company to work for, but resistant to creativity and change

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Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

- You learn a lot
- Opportunities to grow
- Great benefit package (it was when I was there, although I have heard it has since changed)
- You usually have a great budget at your disposal (marketing)
- I know my cons are pretty bulky, but it can be a great place to work. Just find your balance, set your boundaries and do a great job. At the end of the day, they just care about a job well done

Cons

- Groups are hit or miss. Sometimes you're working within a great organization with an exemplary leader, other times you're not. The company is so big, it's best to do your research on each organization as if it were it's own separate business
- There is a lot of resistance to "outside of the box" thinking. Senior management is well aware of the public's perception of Microsoft's lack of creativity in terms of marketing, but it often felt as though they were powerless, hence so are you
- While you do get compensated well enough, you must consider the amount of hours being put in. When that's considered, you're not necessarily being paid as much as you think.
- The majority of people here are Type A personalities, so be ready to keep up
- In the pursuit of upward mobility, you can EASILY lose a sense of work/life balance. Be careful. You need to always put your personal life first.
- Lacks customer centricity (this is my own personal pet peeve as that's VERY important to me)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Sometimes it helps to buck the system. Show the results to then make a stronger case for you and your team.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    I would say it was very good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor

    Pros

    they do have the latest and greatest technologies

    Cons

    no work life balance at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would say give appreciation to your employees

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    Great company for the right period of time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    A stable company with deep resources to invest in projects and workstreams.

    Cons

    Potential for stifling culture, low respect for sales and marketing functions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move away from engineering centric culture.

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