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"Great job, bad location."

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Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
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Pros

Microsoft offers comprehensive training right from the start, so it is a great place to hone your knowledge and skills of not only Microsoft products, but of the dominant products in the industry. Microsoft Unified Communications software is excellent for employee to employee communications, and internal efficiency.

Cons

Microsoft has yet to invest fully into China, so you are still working in a developing country. The office environment was bland, and Chinese regulations can be tough when it comes to heating and cooling. You boil in the summer, and freeze in the winter.

Advice to Management

Clarify your business model so it is can be understood by all.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

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    "great company but limited career advancement opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The name of Microsoft on your CV is great to have. There is a supportive collegiate atmoshere where the employees help out each other without the dog-eat-dog atmoshere of other companies. There is a fantastic work-life balance where time off is not just permitted but promoted. They value employees and their families.
    The benefits package is flexible and is very reasonable - perhaps the best I have had in my career to date. The tools you get to do your job are cool. They are very focused on being "green".

    Cons

    Microsoft do not pay very well. It is a product-focused sales organisation (if you are in the Sales, Marketing and Services Group) when it should be embracing "Solution" selling and a consultative approach to its customers.
    It is now focused on short-term revenue targets and drive short-term behaviour. The upper management team is OK but somewhat ineffective; the middle-managers tend to micro-manage their team based on weekly revenue reporting.
    It is anticipated that you self-serve when it comes to knowledge about products etc. Email overload and too many meetings (but this is common in large comanies).

    Advice to Management

    take a longer term view and invest in people who are prepared to become trusted advisors to their customers rather than short-term product salespeople.


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    "an ideal place to gain experience and skill"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Lead Software Development Engineer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - generally get to work with very smart people
    - get to leverage many good company technologies
    - usually a wide variety of projects available to work on

    Cons

    - limited in terms of technology when implementing web based products, especially on the AJAX side
    - company and teams can be very large, it can be difficult to have visibility at times

    Advice to Management

    - i would advise to consider again how teams are structured in order to deliver consistent, integrated web experiences, we seem to have many great engineers and talent, but over the course of several years have not been able to deliver many industry leading web experiences within windows live.

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