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"Eleven years in sales and one hell of a career starter..."

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Former Employee - PAM/SEM/CAM/AM in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - PAM/SEM/CAM/AM in Redmond, WA
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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

* Pays... good
* Hours... flexible
* Management... just like anything - hit and miss
* Upper-management... I like Steve Balmer... sorry reader - he's a passionate guy who is trying
* Products and solutions... world class
* Recognition... immediate
* Credibility... outstanding with clients, customers, and partners
* So many country subs to go to... so many divisions... pick your poison and start networking

Cons

* Political... to the absolutely 100% fullest
* Review system... changes a lot
* Sales compensation model... hit and miss depending depending on quota
* Slow to add new products... part of the pains of working with the worlds largest software company
* Ability to adjust to SaaS/Cloud paradigms... you will have to take a hit on rev... just have to figure out how to buffer it with more world class ingenuity in product dev!

Advice to Management

Fix the field promotion challenges... pull people back to Redmond more readily and start pushing those corporate folks to the field more readily... it's important to actually GET IN FRONT of customer and partners. Meetings to cover meetings has dropped thank goodness but the seasonality of the business needs to be adjusted... I remember being in the field for 3 months after fiscal and it was as though no one was working (customers and partners are still working.)

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    "An odd mix of exhilarating, exciting, and intriguing experiences peppered with frustration by politics and bloated egos."

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wide range of interesting products to work on, lots of opportunity for real impact, plenty of smart people who fuel innovation.

    Cons

    Too big for its own good, opportunity for impact stifled by bureaucracy and politics, for every smart person... there are plenty of bullheaded, egotistical managers who think they've got it all figured out.

    Advice to Management

    Get focused on what Microsoft really is about and align your teams so they're not all undermining each other.


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    "Best Retail Store to work at"

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    Former Contractor - Product Advisor in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Contractor - Product Advisor in Bridgewater, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor

    Pros

    Great pay for a retail store. Good co-workers that genuinely want to help you.

    Cons

    Management needs to take their jobs a little less seriously

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