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Updated January 27, 2019
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  1. "Resurrection"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people (more at HQ than the field). Ethics are taken seriously. People are generally collegial and collaborative (with some exceptions). The stock has been great if you've been around for a few years and could enjoy the runup in 2017-2018.

    Cons

    Salaries are just OK, not great. Comp plans for pre-sales technical staff not competitive with the market, which leads to gamesmanship like giving people who should be on Account Technology Specialist roles in Account Team Units (ATU) in Solutions Specialist (SSP) roles so they can make more money--that is a problem in my org and leads to dissension among technical specialists in the STU, who don't have the opportunity to be on Solution Specialist comp plans while not being accountable for opportunity ownership. Local leadership doesn't understand the problem that causes for morale and the sense that ATUs are "more equal than others", to quote Animal Farm.

    Quotas are assigned to accounts instead individuals, so every seller shares a quota with someone else, sometimes many others. That can lead to internal friction and some free-riding.

    Advice to Management

    Clearly, Satya has done a masterful job of getting MS back on track by pursuing a very Buddhist-inspired cultural transformation (not fighting "what is so" and being authentic and humble). Satya isn't explicit about the Buddhist origins of his leadership, but those who know his background and family history can infer the influences. Satya has done a good job of selecting solid leaders at senior levels, but there is more work to do with mid-level managers (national subsidiary leadership and a few levels down; especially the legacy people who thrived under Kevin Turner). Cultural change is happening and my advice to Satya is to focus on culture forever. He's off to a great start, but it could all revert with some bad hires and taking his eye off the ball on culture in the sales org.


  2. "Software engineering"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is just the passion

    Cons

    There are none and I am enjoying

  3. "Awesome place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Cloud Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Cloud Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, good leadership, and great focus on customer, technology, and community. I enjoy being part of the leading edge and solving complex issues.

    Cons

    So many technologies makes it difficult to go deep into the well of knowledge.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "No longer customer obsessed."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Sales Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Sales Specialist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay! Amazing benefits! Microsoft on your resume.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Systems are still an inconvenience and many of the support channels do not understand what you have to do so there is always a back and forth.

    Advice to Management

    5 years ago the policy was take care of your customer. Quit trying to be apple and only care about selling. Your customer obsession is what sets you apart.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "#1 Comapny for Innovation"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Digital Advisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Digital Advisor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    *Innovative CEO and changing culture towards growth mindset
    *Competitive pay and job security
    *Smart people make a big difference
    *Tech is cutting edge and pushing envelop of what computing is

    Cons

    *Old culture still lingering and holding back growth
    *Bureaucracy is stifling and value wasting - in 3 years at Microsoft I've seen 3 different executive teams - garbage in/garbage out

    Advice to Management

    Hire entrepreneurs not corporate retreads!


  6. "Technical Account Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits and Culture are industry leading

    Cons

    Poor 1st line manager communication


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Microsoft Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Former Chief Executive Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Former Chief Executive Officer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The break room was always stocked with tea and splenda sugar, not too bad.

    Cons

    The pay was garbage. I left to work at McDonalds instead.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your representatives better.

  8. "Impressive, innovative company."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with smart, innovative people. Enthusiasm for the company from long term employees is high. People stay for many years and are rewarded for their loyalty.

    Cons

    Very difficult to make an impact as a new employee in a satellite office. Most of the decisions are made in Redmond, so there is little opportunity for growth and innovation. Employees are not sufficiently empowered. This is due in part to the staying power of the long term employees. It leaves little opportunity for professional growth.

    Advice to Management

    Continue on the past of positive innovation put in place by Satya Nadella. He is an inspiring leader. Have confidence in your employees to make smart decisions that are good for the company. Do not micromanage.


  9. "Software developer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I am very satisfy about Microsoft work environment.

    Cons

    it takes more work load at microsoft

    Advice to Management

    ok


  10. "Great street credential"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Technology focused people working together to deliver for the customer.
    Great benefits
    Potential for tremendous responsibility and tremendous achievement
    Access to employee pricing for software - mind blowing savings

    Cons

    Time off is a promise almost never kept despite generous earned time off
    Work life balance only exists during onboarding discussion
    Relationship with your manager will make or break your time with Microsoft
    At the end of the day, all of the promise of open minds is more of a promise - bias is well entrenched and even CEO can't break that plaque off those teeth

    Advice to Management

    Walk your talk
    Listen to employees who leave and really take in what they say
    Self critique more and be aware of your unconscious biases - stop projecting them.


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