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Great place to learn & grow, excellent benefits

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Current Employee - Director  in  Redmond, WA (US)
Current Employee - Director in Redmond, WA (US)

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

A wide range of technology area to learn; Cloud, Operating systems, SW Development tool etc
Ability move within the company from one technology area to another
Competive Salary and benefits

Cons

Management risk averse and slow in making decision
Lacks competetive edge and hunger compared to a startup company

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Foster and support small startup business with in each Division to enrich current and future portfolio. Not just incubation but actuall SW & Services businesses. Avoid throwing away ideas that may look like small money today.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Fantastic place to work.

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    Current Employee - User Experience Designer  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Quality of life, benefits, pay; working with very smart (and nice!) people to solve very interesting problems. Tough to ask much more of "work."

    Cons

    Inherent to working within a large organization is that the number of stakeholders you need to bring into alignment in order to bring an idea from concept to reality is quite large. If selling/proving the desirability, feasibility and viability of your product/idea is not your bag, then large organizations, in particular, are not for you. If, on the other hand, you relish this kind of challenge, and view it as simply another design challenge, then you will do well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Burn you up and spit you out.... "who's next"? All about self promotion

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Started off well, used to be very customer focussed, slowly declined with less and less focus on their customers
    great products and innovating to Cloud strategy that really is very good
    Used to be a good Brand Name

    Cons

    All about internal self promotion, not about the results you produced
    Management were all about themselves, covering their own backsides, disappearing when a deal went bad
    Bullying seemed to be the only way the inexperienced management could deal with the pressure from above
    30-40% increase in Quota year on year - not sustainable...mmmmm
    Success measurements became all about complicated scorecarding, just make sure it is 'Green', "I do not care how you make it turn Green ?"
    What a pity because this was a great company to be associated with..... truly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start being honest with yourselves, taking more time to manage vs. Management by Scorecards
    Your staff and customers should be top priority, not your Scorecard turning green
    Too many long termers that can do no wrong

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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