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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1947 reviews)

  • Working with really smart people who readily share their great insights is a humbling experience where everyone is treated as equals by all employees (in 1682 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1093 reviews)

  • Review system was not the greatest (in 519 reviews)

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  1. "MSFT is a good place to be"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - California in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - California in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - great work life balance
    - smart people, making solid business decision
    - priorities are more in line with overall corporate philosophy
    - amazing benefits, worth it just to gain an economic foothold

    Cons

    - hard to be more than a face in the crowd or have a real effect on the business
    - not the most progressive or open-minded leadership
    - lack of willingness to challenge the status quo, though you can hardly blame them

    Advice to Management

    Consider the best way to implement change and look for opportunity in the coming digital revolution. Communicate a better understanding of the goals and innovative prospects of the future.


  2. "Account Manager - Online Advertising"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager - Online Display in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager - Online Display in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big ship - not going bankrupt anytime soon.
    Smart, cool, diverse people.
    Flexible schedules and outstanding benefits.
    Some cool products - like XBOX.
    Very philanthropic - supports the charities you donate to.

    The overall company has lots of opportunities - which is great. You could be an accountant in France, and set a goal of doing software sales in China, and Microsoft can help make that happen.

    Cons

    This review is specific to the online advertising account management (services) organization.

    Poor upper management with a dictatorship style. Lots of ego. People in leadership positions with poor people leader skills. Fear based motivation.
    Spend more time managing your brand and your review score than you do managing the business and doing your job.
    Reviews are based on a forced distribution, and people are stacked ranked, period. Meaning, everyone could perform really well, but the review curve will force 10% of employees to get a poor review, and likely the ax.
    Antiquated and awful internal tools. Heavy process and red tape.
    Disjointed business groups with lack of accountability and follow through.
    Heavy workloads.

    Advice to Management

    Happy customers come from happy employees. Treat employees better, and fairly. Improve work life balance. Make people feel valued and part of the team. Get rid of the outdated method of forced curve reviews and stack ranking.

  3. "Great place to work but if you work in a field office, there isn't much room forcareer growth."

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    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great culture
    smart people
    creative

    Cons

    not much room for job growth
    it is still all about Windows

    Advice to Management

    Create other opportunities for career growth outside of Redmond.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "MSFT is not a bad place to work, in fact it is mostly good."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great commitment to online advertising.

    Cons

    Comp packages are not good.

    Advice to Management

    Better commission structure.


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