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Great place to work, but stay out of the pigeonhole

Group Finance Manager (Current Employee)
Bellevue, WA

Pros--Competitive pay with platinum-plated benefis
--Opulent office space
--Can-do spirit on new teams
--Can genuinely make a difference
--Upward mobility within your team is a distinct possibility with persistence and results

Cons--Finance and accounting systems are a mess
--When we make a difference, it's because we know how to work the system, but is that really value-add?
--Over-matrixed culture creates overburdensome bureaucracy where big projects just don't get done, but division CFOs get to move on after spending million$.
--Microsoft IT is a HUGE impediment to the success of the broader finance org
--Internal movement 100% self-driven rather than coached/choreographed at senior levels; internal job search just like an external search, complete with cold calls, resume drops, etc.
--Be forewarned that when things get stale in the group that hires you, it WILL be difficult to make a change unless you are among the anointed.

Advice to Senior ManagementSimplify, simplify, simplify!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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