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Great company in retail

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Current Employee - Teacher in Denver, CO (US)
Current Employee - Teacher in Denver, CO (US)

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

Pros

Retail is a less then desirable field but its nice to find a company that makes the field easy to live in. Great benefits for a retailer especially in a time when most are cutting benefits to save money.

Cons

Retail is retail, hours are long and change every week. Review is for the retail division, opportunity to advance is rare. Recruitment focuses outside the company not at promoting within.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

When possible set hours helps especially if you can. Not giving a set schedule just because you don't want them to get used to it.

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    Eleven years in sales and one hell of a career starter...

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    Former Employee - PAM/SEM/CAM/AM in Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - PAM/SEM/CAM/AM in Redmond, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    * Pays... good
    * Hours... flexible
    * Management... just like anything - hit and miss
    * Upper-management... I like Steve Balmer... sorry reader - he's a passionate guy who is trying
    * Products and solutions... world class
    * Recognition... immediate
    * Credibility... outstanding with clients, customers, and partners
    * So many country subs to go to... so many divisions... pick your poison and start networking

    Cons

    * Political... to the absolutely 100% fullest
    * Review system... changes a lot
    * Sales compensation model... hit and miss depending depending on quota
    * Slow to add new products... part of the pains of working with the worlds largest software company
    * Ability to adjust to SaaS/Cloud paradigms... you will have to take a hit on rev... just have to figure out how to buffer it with more world class ingenuity in product dev!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the field promotion challenges... pull people back to Redmond more readily and start pushing those corporate folks to the field more readily... it's important to actually GET IN FRONT of customer and partners. Meetings to cover meetings has dropped thank goodness but the seasonality of the business needs to be adjusted... I remember being in the field for 3 months after fiscal and it was as though no one was working (customers and partners are still working.)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Career growth is random and luck based

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Pros

    Work Life Balance is better than other tech companies though no ideal. Additionally there are people around who are willing to spend crazy amounts of time at work which hurts others having a more balanced life.

    Cons

    It is hard to determine how your performance is reviewed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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