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    "Microsoft Sales Environment - better wear kevlar vest"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Good Salary. Decent benefits, but diminishing very quickly. Health care will change from nearly free to costly HSA format this year. Probably a great place for technical people. For sales, you won't be there long. Most sales people have 1-2 years, many less. MSFT doesn't seem to care how much you spend on travel, lying on travel claims is rampant. Bad news for shareholders.

    Cons

    If you go into sales be aware: commissions are recoverable if you do not meet 80% of your quota. Very poor account history and sales history. MSFT doesn't seem to know what they sold, when, where? The least collegial atmosphere I've worked in in over 25 years in business. Daggers are out for everyone. My manager took public pleasure in firing people and spoke freely with smiles when he told the story. Managers...

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    Advice to Management

    Hire better sales managers who foster team. Hire better sales and technical people who understand things other than Windows or MS Office. Train sales people to listen. Most MSFT sales people shout down clients. It starting to show in reduced sales. Drive out the arrogance.

    Microsoft2012-08-15
  1. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Good place to learn cutting edge tech

    Cons

    too many meetings, politics exists

    Microsoft2019-05-25
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    "Thoughts after 10 years...."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    1. If you love tech, this is a great place. No doubt you'll talk tech (mostly the MSFT stack) from enterprise to consumer - from PCs to phones to Xboxes - from datacenter to desktop. 2. What were GREAT benefits are now VERY GOOD (took a small step down) but still probably better than you'll find at 99% of large corporations. If you've got family - the value of the benefits is even higher. 401k match is nice. ...

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    Cons

    Brand on Your Resume: After many years of losing market share and struggling to be at the front end of innovation and the fact that there's 90,000 employees, don't think MSFT is necessarily going to be attractive on your resume to more agile and smaller companies. Managing Your Career: Make you say this out loud so it registers - 90,000 employees work there. Double that for vendors. It is VERY hard to "stand out"...

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    Advice to Management

    I'll type it here - but I don't they are listening... 1. Help proven talent move laterally in the company for new opportunities. 2. Kill/evolve the stack rank. Here's basically how it's viewed:. 30% of the company gets 1s and 2s - and they are happy. 50% get 3s and that basically feels like getting a "C" in school. This sucks for talented people when a multitude of UNCONTROLLABLE conditions keep you from getting...

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    Microsoft2013-01-29

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