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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 (more than 3 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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 Management

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

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  1. I would say it was very good

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    they do have the latest and greatest technologies

    Cons

    no work life balance at all

    Advice to Management

    I would say give appreciation to your employees

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

    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

    Some of the most motivated, highly skilled IT people you will ever meet...with a true passion bordering on religion.

    Cons

    The old saying "if you've got 15 minutes, Microsoft will take it..." absolutely applies. You will be challenged to maintain work/life balance, but if you love winning, the work piece may consume you.

    Advice to Management

    Glad to see the Stack Ranking is gone...advise management to quickly dispose of all vestiges of that culture...

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