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  1. "Great!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Newark, DE
    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Newark, DE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Management, Flexible, Great Culture

    Cons

    Work during the holidays
    No set schedule


  2. "Microsoft is a company that truly cares about its employees."

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    Former Employee - Consumer Product Advisor in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Consumer Product Advisor in King of Prussia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Top three pros are The benefits (which are granted to both full time and part time employees), the positive minded people, and community service opportunities.

    Cons

    Retail Store Hours - Specifically for the retail stores, thus doesn't apply to corporate positions. Also, there are minimal opportunities to move up in position/rank within your own store. In order to move up into management, you'd have to relocate.

    Advice to Management

    Consistency will help to take the retail stores to the next level!

  3. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Consumer Service Associate in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Consumer Service Associate in King of Prussia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for!!

    Cons

    None so far. Only been with the company for a few months now and it has been pretty good so far


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Consumer Product Advisor and Product/Software Trainer in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Consumer Product Advisor and Product/Software Trainer in King of Prussia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Absolutely one of my favorite jobs. You get the opportunity to get up close and personal with all thing Microsoft. The company's business acumen was fantastic. They always kept us engaged and wanting to learn more

    Cons

    At the time there was no full time positions available.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work on the employee engagement.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Dod-eat-dog environment"

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    Former Employee - Senior Operations Manager in Huntingdon Valley, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Operations Manager in Huntingdon Valley, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Remuneration. Public service encouraged and charities well remunerated.

    Cons

    His stress, siloed environment, collaboration and assisting colleagues to improve performance not encouraged. Appears to be age discrimination.

    Advice to Management

    Look after your people assets.


  6. "Solid Company Failed Execution"

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    Former Employee - Product Advisor in Newark, DE
    Former Employee - Product Advisor in Newark, DE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benifits and corporate atmosphere minus the bias towards favoring minority opinions

    Cons

    The products and management really werent good enough to stay


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Premier Field Engineer in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Premier Field Engineer in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great, internal processes are really well thought out for the most part, and there is a great vibe around the direction of the company overall. The Premier division places an emphasis on work-life balance (mixed success, but the effort is there).

    Cons

    The job gives freedom to create your own schedule and drive your own success. This is really tough to do, and it's easy to fail at. Internal transfers are a lot about networking, which can be difficult depending on your own situation (specifically, where in the company you're stationed - Philly is not great for networking - Charlotte, DC, Dallas and Seattle area are the best for sustained success).

    Advice to Management

    Don't try to penny-pinch with an extremely profitable business with extremely talented people. Just let the people be successful, create opportunities for them to shine, and more profit will come. Don't get into the "Reduce Costs" game...

  8. "n/a"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Technology, Money, Software, Flexibility, Employment

    Cons

    Subjective, Challenging, Lack of Vision


  9. "Application Development Manager"

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    Former Employee - Applications Development Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Applications Development Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Great opportunity to learn new technologies, Good defined processes throughout the organization

    Cons

    Lots of travel, Have to participate in unwanted training

    Advice to Management

    Keep innovating


  10. "It was "o.k." but proceed with caution."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most people who work here are very bright.
    Benefits are fantastic and second to none.
    Great to have on your resume.

    Cons

    Zero work life balance and the company talks out of both sides of it's @&&. One minute they say that they want you to have work life balance, the next they say that if you really want to get ahead that you have to put in many, many hours to get ahead. Many of the people in my group would be doing work into the night on a daily basis.

    They issue an annual employee survey where the purpose is to take the temperature of the employees and how they like to work at Microsoft. Each of the years that I was there, our direct manager would have a meeting with us and would say "if you have any problems at all, we would appreciate it if you told us in advance of the survey so we can work things out". This to me is just purely unethical - You are essentially strong armed into providing responses that are not honest for fear of it coming back to bite you professionally. Managers seem to be "graded" on this so if they have a small group of reports, then it wouldn't be too hard for them to figure out who said what (or they may assume).

    Speaking of surveys - they do the same with their customers as well. This is a big metric within MS and reps have to be very careful as to who they get to fill out their surveys in order to get a good response. Have literally seen reps blatantly ask for good marks rather than honest ones.

    Political - very political internally. There are people who have been there for years and are very much an "inner circle". People are some-what click'ish.

    Not really a "negative" but just different - Very different sales cycle and unique from most other sales organizations. July, there is nothing going on, August through ~October is mostly "sales planning". Different in that the specialists are responsible for telling the account managers where the opportunities are within the account managers companies. This is not a big negative, but I do find it unusual. You would think that the account manager should know where the opportunities are within their own accounts.


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