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  • "They have a great work/life balance with lots of flexibility" (in 2336 reviews)

  • "Smart people (more at HQ than the field)" (in 1814 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work."

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    Former Employee - Product Support Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Product Support Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation, access to new software.

    Cons

    Big Company - One Three Two.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  2. "Employment Experience working for Microsoft, Inc."

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    Former Employee - Product Advisor/Assistant Community Development Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Product Advisor/Assistant Community Development Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    * Great benefits package options provided by company

    Cons

    * Lack of a healthy work/life balance
    * Lack of cohesive management within certain departments poses a challenge and stunts individual growth when looking to advance in your career

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Carefully negotiate your position within Microsoft... lest you are stuck at a lower level than you want."

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    Current Employee - Product Technology Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Product Technology Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Technology, period. Microsoft has some of the brightest people in the world contributing to the common goal of advancing technology.

    Cons

    Where you are hired in at, is where you will stay. Microsoft only promotes after years of "Microsoft" experience. If you are an experienced individual... make sure you negotiate your desired level before you join! No matter how hard you may work and excel, you will be trapped unless you can convince a senior level manager to skip promote you—you will be stuck close to where you were hired in. Check with other Microsoft personnel as to where you are in the overall scheme of things before you sign on the dotted line.

    Advice to Management

    Think about merit advancement, tine time-based!


  4. "Too much chaos"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Specialist in Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - Senior Product Specialist in Madrid (Spain)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    if you like technology, this is a great place to be. You are very up to date to the last tech news, you learn very quickly the tech part.

    Cons

    there is a lot of misalignment between the different areas. It is neccesarry to have objectives more aligned to the customer. if you are more business oriented, this company sometimes is to much oriented to product instead of customer cases and business solutions. There is Lots of overhead. Managers are not properly trained to motivate team. The teams are not coordinated and many times you fell you are alone.
    Career development is almost inexistent.

    Advice to Management

    improve in the coordination of the diferente areas and teams with one goal: the customer. Also management need to have strong values and not only short-term revenue goals.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great internship experiences"

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    Former Intern - Product Marketing Specialist in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Product Marketing Specialist in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You decide how much you want to grow at Microsoft. Most of the time you're not treated just as an intern..

    Cons

    Very strict brand guidelines, probably not the best place if you are someone who has marketing ideas that do not conform to the brand


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Proceed with Caution"

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    Former Employee - Product Sales Specialist
    Former Employee - Product Sales Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Above average benefits
    Very knowledgeable and talented people

    Cons

    Very political environment. Advancement not based on what you know or can contribute but on who you know.
    The environment inside the company is dog-eat-dog. For each person who gets a "good" performance review, an equal number of people must recieve a "bad" performance review. This leads to cutthroat internal competition, a lack of empathy or friendship in the office, and generally an unfriendly environment.
    High turnover- "burn and turn" philosphy

    Advice to Management

    Revamp performance review.
    Change your culture before it is too later


  7. "Struglling to optimize online services in Japan's market, low penetration in key products"

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    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Tokyo (Japan)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary. Good guys. Good environment to work.

    Cons

    Treated less important market to be invested. many duplicated or unintegrated projects exists which generates slowness, inefficiency in the results comparing with the competitors. There are many managers who are not decipline enought or should not have been a manager... The innovation never happens from Japan, other reagions but Redmond.

    Advice to Management

    Got to be more strategic and proffesional enough to say loud to Redmond