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  1. "Product Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Microsoft part-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible schedules for college students and free stuff.

    Cons

    High turn around and managers have favorites

    Advice to Management

    Please do your best to retain the best

  2. "Retail with a conscience."

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    Former Employee - Community Development Specialist in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Strong affinity for the community. Great development experience.

    Cons

    Low on the totem pole. It is expected to travel and work outside regular hours as an hourly employee and restricted by hourly policies like rest and meal breaks.

    Advice to Management

    Make this a salaried position so they can worry about doing their jobs and not punching out for meals.

  3. "An overall great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, great tools for learning systems, overall company culture

    Cons

    Direct management was disorganized, room for growth difficult due to its current career paths, work/life balance is poor, with such a large organize can be difficult to grow and be heard

    Advice to Management

    Please try to understand the teams who serve you and attempt to at least learn some of the software and tools available instead of jumping to conclusions.

  4. "My experience at the Microsoft Store has been that of a rollercoaster."

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    Current Employee - Consumer Product Advisor in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft part-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, and opportunities, such as networking and being apart of influential events. Benefits include medical coverage and tuition reimbursement for even part timers.

    Cons

    Inconsistency between managers and lack of structure and discipline. In retail, its usually a younger staff which has a younger mindset or lack of energy or customer-obsession.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a consistent structure. People need to held accountable for lack of performance.

  5. "retail store"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Microsoft part-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    benefits, and its really not a hard job.

    Cons

    no one tells you how to take advantage of your benefits, the stores are in busy shopping malls.

    Advice to Management

    do what you say you will do.

  6. "High caliber employees, decent pay, but too top managed with an adversarial corporate climate"

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    Former Employee - Lead Program Manager in Santa Clara, CA
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    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Peers are very smart and of high caliber - some of the smartest people around. Pay is on par with the industry and the benefits are exceptional.

    Cons

    Top managed from Redmond - Satellite office, despite being quite large, had little autonomy. Yearly re-orgs and constant management re-shuffling. Corporate climate is more competitive and adversarial than collaboratory. Although it kept you on your toes, I believe it is detrimental for achieving the overall goals of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Foster a more collaborative environment between groups. As it is now, each group hoards their own information and technology. Relinquish some control and let the groups in the Silicon Valley (and other places too) have more autonomy - they are after all in their home turf attempting to compete with other large companies in the area.

  7. "Finance"

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    Former Employee - Business Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft for more than 2 years

    Pros

    - Strong post-MBA immersion program

    Cons

    - Teams were competing with each other, resulting in combative culture - Data and systems were not integrated, people spend lots of time on manual tasks which should be automated

    Advice to Management

    - embrace technology and make the life of your employees much easier

  8. "Product Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Product Advisor in Santa Clara, CA
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Great place to work. Always given challenging work. Given great opportunities to move forward your career

    Cons

    Very fast phase for the work. Politics in the upper level management.

    Advice to Management

    Managers was very understanding and co-operative. I liked to work at Microsoft store

  9. "Average retail experience"

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    Former Employee - Product Advisor in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    free beverages, playing xbox while working, easygoing staff

    Cons

    no desire to advance within company, always compared to Apple

  10. Helpful (3)

    "Microsoft Retail is Unprofessional and More Sale Driven Then Customer."

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    Former Employee - Retail in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Good Pay, Challenging, First-Hand Look at new Product, Cool Work Environment

    Cons

    Management Favoritism, Not about customers, Personal "High School Clicks", Not "TEAM" driven, Over Focused on Sales

    Advice to Management

    You have lost focus on the big picture. Our Customers. Our store has be come more focused on numbers and driving sales were loosing business. Last I knew employee moral was down and workers were over tired. Regain your focus.

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