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"MS: Great medical but no career path for admins!"

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Current Employee - Executive Business Administrator in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Executive Business Administrator in Redmond, WA
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Approves of CEO

Pros

Benifits! They Rock! Love the medical!

Cons

lack of upward movement for admins

Advice to Management

Create a better career path for admins!!!!!

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (4)

    "Steve B.'s time has come and past."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Technology Specialist (ATS) in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Account Technology Specialist (ATS) in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The health plan is great

    Cons

    We're amoral and cheat our employees and customers. People in Redmond are some of the most arrogant people on the planet.

    Advice to Management

    Blow up Redmond. Stop thinking we're smarter than we are. Talk to the outside world and listen to the responses.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A challenging, rewarding environment with great benefits"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Microsoft offers some of the best opportunities in the industry for personal and professional advancement. There is quite simply no other company in the world that will offer you the resources to grow to as deep of a technical level. Community involvement in the form of blogging, attending industry events, presenting, and even time for charity work are all highly encouraged. The medical benefits are the best of any US company, hands down - I have never paid a penny for any clinic or hospital visit, including when my child was born. Management tends to be fairly hands-off in support as long as you are producing and competent. Compensation is excellent with generous stock awards and occassional cash bonuses. Yearly salary increases can be close to double-digits for high performers.

    Cons

    The things that make Microsoft such a good fit for some make it extremely stressful for others. You will be expected to guide your own career and to be responsible for much of your own learning. This means that you'll probably always be reading up on something and will always feel a littel behind. You'll never acheive a comfort zone in terms of career growth. The environment is competetive, and laid back types who just want to "come in and do my job" will be limited in how far they can advance. Travel is required. Working with outsourcers overseas can be stressful and unrewarding because there is no mentoring relationship to speak of - you will be dealing with lowest common denominator individuals overseas who have no incentive to learn or better themselves because the people back in the States can always get them out of a bind. Support tends to be underfunded, and you will not have all of the benefits that people in the Redmond campus have (but you won't pay $500K for a shabby house an hour away from work, either).

    Advice to Management

    I try not to focus on the political underpinnings of management at Microsoft. The decicisions that are made about global marketing and strategy encompass a dizzying array of international legal and trade intricacies. If I had one to do item, it would be to pull all support back to the US and wrap the cost in to the product (or charge more, or both). Customers universally hate talking to people in India, despite what any cooked surveys may say.

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