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Updated February 13, 2019
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  1. "Resurrection"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smart people (more at HQ than the field). Ethics are taken seriously. People are generally collegial and collaborative (with some exceptions). The stock has been great if you've been around for a few years and could enjoy the runup in 2017-2018.

    Cons

    Salaries are just OK, not great. Comp plans for pre-sales technical staff not competitive with the market, which leads to gamesmanship like giving people who should be on Account Technology Specialist roles in Account Team Units (ATU) in Solutions Specialist (SSP) roles so they can make more money--that is a problem in my org and leads to dissension among technical specialists in the STU, who don't have the opportunity to be on Solution Specialist comp plans while not being accountable for opportunity ownership. Local leadership doesn't understand the problem that causes for morale and the sense that ATUs are "more equal than others", to quote Animal Farm.

    Quotas are assigned to accounts instead individuals, so every seller shares a quota with someone else, sometimes many others. That can lead to internal friction and some free-riding.

    Advice to Management

    Clearly, Satya has done a masterful job of getting MS back on track by pursuing a very Buddhist-inspired cultural transformation (not fighting "what is so" and being authentic and humble). Satya isn't explicit about the Buddhist origins of his leadership, but those who know his background and family history can infer the influences. Satya has done a good job of selecting solid leaders at senior levels, but there is more work to do with mid-level managers (national subsidiary leadership and a few levels down; especially the legacy people who thrived under Kevin Turner). Cultural change is happening and my advice to Satya is to focus on culture forever. He's off to a great start, but it could all revert with some bad hires and taking his eye off the ball on culture in the sales org.


  2. "Great, and getting better every day"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People, Mission, Fast-Paced, Opportunity, Citizenship, Change the world

    Cons

    Some processes can slow things down, complexity of matrixed environment

    Advice to Management

    Continue to drive culture evolution, lead by example, move people out who aren't good to others

  3. "Microsoft plays politics better than anyone in the enterprise"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The Benefits are one of the best in the industry

    Cons

    Company is political. Satya Nadella is a CEO that cares for himself and that is well known. He looks down at people that are not as smart as he is. He claims he is average person to people and dresses down for the new Microsoft look. The company has to hire women as they have to show that they are not discriminating. This is not a new trend but now a unwritten one where Women are given the promotion in order to show the world they do not discriminate. The company is political and only cares for the top executives who pass out favors to those that are buddies. They are fortunate not to be audited by the US government again for antitrust.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest to potential hires. That men are not going to be selected over women as there is a deficit of women at the company. The company substituted one type of stack ranking for another. They dont make it public but they continue to do same bad behavior for years and until they get caught they won't change.


  4. "Front line for driving digital transformation"

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    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on different businesses

    Cons

    Political culture, work life balance can be hard

    Advice to Management

    Shape and set strategy faster, allow employees to drive against the strategy and have autonomy over their work and data driven ideas.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to build a career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible career growth paths, you control your destiny, meaningful work, great work-life balance

    Cons

    Very functional orgs which discourages taking an end to end perspective on the business and the company

    Advice to Management

    Proactively help top talent find new roles and not get stagnant in the same team or business (even if they are getting promoted regularly). It'll benefit the company through cross pollination and benefit the individuals through the new experiences they'll gain.


  6. "Sr. Director, Business Strategy"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director, Business Strategy in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Director, Business Strategy in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and Work Flexibility on how to accomplish goals

    Cons

    Career Path for bigger Jobs.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice People, Nice Environment but low salary and no growth

    Cons

    Need better ceo and better overhead

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It was a great ride

    Cons

    It has gotten way too big and even Satya took over, political play all over the place


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Updrafts & Rip Cords"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consulting Director in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Consulting Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Over 17 years, I worked in 3 different divisions (Online Advertising, Enterprise Sales & Partners - US and then WW), Consulting Services WW) - each time, it was working in a new company without the necessity of learning the basics. It was a phenomenal opportunity to drive new projects, make a positive impact and move to the next role.

    Cons

    There is very limited upside if you have worked there for more than 12 years. The funnel starts to become very, very, very narrow for opportunities and growth possibilities. Unless you have solved world hunger in hte last 12 months, you will be asked to leave at some point - so be ready with Plan B. You are almost guaranteed the necessity of pulling the rip cord.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing a great job -


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great company on the upswing, after having gone through a tough decade."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, great benefits, and good challenges at work.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, politics, and not always working on things that really matter for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Satya is crushing it! The CVP and GM level needs some cleaning out to help make MICROSOFT more lean and mean.