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Updated September 30, 2018
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  1. "marketing manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Conroe, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Conroe, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    best job in my life

    Cons

    non applicable there were no cons

    Advice to Management

    great job keep up the good work. GG


  2. "Business Expert"

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    Former Employee - Receptionist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free benefits, 401K matching, volunteer matching, strong presence in community

    Cons

    Expect the most work and offers the least pay out of the amount of work you actually do. Retail would not be the best way to move up if you wanted to go into the corporate world. It's all about politics and finding who's butt you have to kiss if you start off at the retail level. Promise a work-life balance but will call you if you are running their business department. I literally worked a role that made 3x my salary and was not deemed fit to be hired for the role because of my age.

    Advice to Management

    Notice the people who work hard for you instead of the people who are just for show. You will lose a lot of good people who can make your company great if you keep ignoring those who actually care.

  3. "Decent, retail and corporate have a large gap to merge."

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    Current Employee - Community Development Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Community Development Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    You have an ability to grow within your area.

    Cons

    No support from direct leadership, poor bonus compensation, and a lack of synergy between retail and corporate.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline communication and opportunities. Retail employees have value.


  4. "Sales professional"

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    Current Employee - Principal Solutions Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Principal Solutions Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging role. Good pay. Great customers and experience. Good resources to apply in every sales opportunity. Opportunity to help customers with their digital transformation.

    Cons

    Politics. Favoritism. upper management plays favorites. Sometimes quota is set by gut feel and not very accurate. Great role an individual contributor, but not much opportunity to grow within the role

    Advice to Management

    Be truly fair


  5. "Great vision and energy at corp level. Some Geos not so great."

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    Current Employee - Sales in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sales in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Best resources hands down of any company. CEO very impressive. Top leadership great.

    Cons

    Middle layer leadership not great. Tons of political bs, gossip and toxic interaction.

    Advice to Management

    there is a serious disconnect between the messages at the top of the communication chain and how the day to day is rolled out. Learn what it's like to be in the shoes of your employees and front line managers. Empower and invest more, micromanage and gatekeep less.


  6. "Great Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Community Development Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Community Development Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Supports diversity
    Community/Social Focused Company

    Cons

    Difficult to advance despite hard work
    Still very political regarding promotions
    Difficult to transition from retail to corporate
    If you come from a corporate, professional background, do not work in retail division


  7. "Product Advisor/Sales"

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    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Product Advisor in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, flexible company to work for if you have a family. Great benefits for you and your family, 401 k and stock options

    Cons

    Non Commission based. Promotions are few and far in between. hard to get recognized based on performance. Hours are hard to come by at part time 25 average a week. Lower starting pay

    Advice to Management

    recognize your stronger employees and keep them close so they don't have to look for other sources of income

  8. "Lots of changes, without field direction"

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    Former Employee - Field Sales Representative in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Field Sales Representative in Houston, TX
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Extremely talented employees, for the most part.
    - Good (used to be great) benefits
    - Stock doing great in recent years
    - Excellent senior leadership
    - Solid cloud development and offerings

    Cons

    - As company is changing from annual agreements to subscription revenue, field is in turmoil
    - Some field locations are seeing massive turnover (>50%)
    - Compensation plans uncertain/changing for field roles as management tries to understand how to adjust comp models to new sales models.
    - Pockets of low morale

    Advice to Management

    Ensure there is better field management to manage during the change. In some areas, field management is managing via intimidation models and driving uncertainty, poor morale, and massive turnover.


  9. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Global Director in Cypress, TX
    Former Employee - Global Director in Cypress, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company. Great vision. Great people.
    I thoroughly enjoyed working at Microsoft.

    Cons

    Very Redmond-centric.
    The company hires and promotes people from within mostly.

    Advice to Management

    Have global focus and be proactive by listening to outsiders.


  10. "Great job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    Pros

    nice benifts. pay good money

    Cons

    dont have anything bad about it


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