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Microsoft Specialist Reviews

Updated October 9, 2017
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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1944 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 1676 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1089 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great company overall. Retail stores need some work."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Retail Partner Store Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Retail Partner Store Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary and great benefits
    Giving back to the community is in our blood
    Also opportunities available if you are willing to relocate

    Cons

    Can be a "political" company
    Difficult to find local jobs if you arent in Redmond.
    Hard work can go unnoticed from time to time


  2. "Great Benefits"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  3. "Dynamics is a bust, super political bs"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Dynamics Solution Specialist in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Dynamics Solution Specialist in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Satya’s leadership is changing the culture but Dynamics is low on the totem pole. Product is weak compared to competition, no strategy and partner eco system is anemic.

    Cons

    Highly political, unrealistic quotas, uninspiring leaders, no App Store and limited relevant partner eco system. Not a nimble organization and under appreciated group.

    Advice to Management

    Hire smart people who understand industries, key partners and invest. This type of selling takes skills and patience. Invest in the long term and actually practice what you preach!


  4. "A great learning experience."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Development Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Community Development Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible benefits, flexible schedule, solid experience for those looking for growth.

    Cons

    Retail mindset hinders forward growth of the team. Lack of executive maturity and growth mindset impacts opportunity for hard working team members that consistently deliver solid performance.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to change, including self improvement/development.


  5. "Lead Contract Specialist"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Lead Contract Specialist in Reno, NV
    Former Contractor - Lead Contract Specialist in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great teams to work with

    Cons

    Month end = not very organized


  6. "Sales @ Microsoft"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Specialist in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Solutions Specialist in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Vision of the company in helping every company and individual to achieve more. its built into the culture.

    Cons

    Missteps of the past, not enough emphasis on marketing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Solutions Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Specialist in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Solutions Specialist in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation and Benefits Package
    Travel & Reimbursement Opportunities
    Flexibility & Freedom
    Remote/Telework/Home Office Work Culture

    Cons

    Middle Management, Poor Leadership
    A lack of Inclusion
    Lack of Training and Development
    Resource Management
    A Lack of Structure

    Advice to Management

    Invest in proper leadership training and learn to develop and support your directs.

  8. "Dated company in need of fresh perspectives"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Specialist
    Current Employee - Solutions Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay, kind coworkers, nice office space albeit extremely quiet with little collaboration

    Cons

    legacy employees who are comfortable and not innovative, no culture, products follow competitors, few innovations coming out of the company


  9. "What an amazing company!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Learning and Development Specialist
    Current Employee - Learning and Development Specialist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Senior Leadership Team is always looking to drive you forward with helpful insights and feed forward!

    Cons

    Microsoft is a large company with many departments. Sometimes things are lost in translation.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work !


  10. "Retail Store"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Retail Learning Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Retail Learning Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Culture and employee Benefits

    Cons

    Work life balance is inconsistant