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

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

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 Senior ManagementFix 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.)

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company with amazing benefits.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    Pros: Great culture. Great coworkers. Its a job where I look forward to… Cons: Stressful at times. But this is true of most jobs. Sometimes you just… Advice to Senior Management: Get on the same page. Sometimes management is on different… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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    Microsoft is a great place to work - great benefits & advancement opportunities!

    Senior Program Manager (Current Employee) Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros: The pros are the benefits and the advancement opportunities. The health care changed this year but it's still better than most places.… Cons: The cons are the work-life-balance. Most people seem to always… Advice to Senior Management: Have more job-share, part-time or telework opportunities and focus more on work-life-balance. I know it's… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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