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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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    • Comp & Benefits
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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.


  2. "If you are passionate and a go-getter, Microsoft India is the place for you."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    As long as one can put together a plan that makes logical and business sense, it is possible to do anything in MS India. This is what makes this a great company to work for. Also, while internal politics and bickering are everywhere, performance is almost always recognized and rewarded here.

    Cons

    The structure is relatively flat, so cross-team collaboration is difficult. It takes a lot to get people with varying commitments to work together towards a larger goal.

    Advice to Management

    Sr Mgmt needs to focus more on mid-term execution as opposed to running after immediate revenue.


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