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Microsoft-The cure for what sales you

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Former Employee - Sales Manager in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Sales Manager in Washington, DC

I worked at Microsoft

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Benefits, probably the best in the industry

Cons

Not at all a sales environment. The opportunity to really sell does not exist, as the comp plans, managemnet, and company orientation are all mired in the mid-80's 80's belief that the stock price will grow and split over and over.

The stock hasn't split in 8 years, and like many technology firms, has sat at roughly 1/3 of it's bubble peak. But unlike other companies, Microsoft believes that they do not have to face this reality. Accordingly, it hires, retains and promotes a sales culture that doesn't sell, but visits. There is no relationship between activity and closing business in the competitive server space, and worse, if you try to sell into that space, you are vilified by the "resting and vesting" culture.

Advice to Management

Wake up! With your dominant position in desktop you could dominate server software if you would get rid of slaes managers who can't sell and only play politics.

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    I love this company

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great growth opportunities, the greatest software company overall, great pay and benefits, great choice of things to do at work, working on world class software, working from home is not a problem, flexible hours have the positive meaning...
    Even if you decide to leave the company - this is great for your resume. You learn a lot at Microsoft with the challanges of satisfying millions if not billions of users with your work every day. You work with some of the greatest engineers in the world, with people who are smart and friendly.
    Then there's free drinks, Starbucks and pizza almost every day, sports club membership and many social events! :)

    Cons

    Working far from home is a must if you were not born in Seattle and want to develop the biggest products. Many customers do not like Microsoft, so you have to explain to people you are not working for an Evil Empire. It rains a lot in Redmond too! Advancing the career might be slower than in startups because of great competition, but it is almost guaranteed as opposed to startups, which often fail. Sometimes it is easy to get lost in such a big place. Sometimes you might feel like a little cogwheel in a huge machine, although everyone is important and you can always try to grow and become a big one too!

    Advice to Management

    Buy Apple

  2. Helpful (1)

    Microsoft. Awesome

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    freedom. trust. a lot of great people to work with

    Cons

    should provide free lunch like google :)

    Advice to Management

    I think they are going to right direction.

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