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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)

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
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company With Huge Potential

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Evangelist
    Current Employee - Technical Evangelist

    Pros

    Microsoft is a company with dominant market share in the computer industry, financial resources to fund long-term investments and very strong research and development teams. This enables it to enter adjacent or related markets in search of growth.

    Cons

    Middle management at Microsoft is short-sighted and overly reliant on inefficient processes and metrics that do not contribute to the company's long-term success. Talent and teamwork often take a back seat to politics as the people who get recognized or promoted are often the ones who play the "game".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a long hard look at your employees and separate the real contributors from those who just talk a good game.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    an investment in your future

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Identifiable, Prefer Not to Say  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Identifiable, Prefer Not to Say in Redmond, WA (US)

    Pros

    work with some brilliant people
    people see it on your resume and think you know all
    FANTASTIC health and benefits packages
    great development opportunities, you learn valuable skills in day to day work
    "Working at microsoft is like highly paid grad school"

    Cons

    very demanding of employee time, often not respectful of work/life balance
    "reorgs" are a routine and often pointless or net-loss game of management musical chairs
    can be difficult to navigate within such a huge organization

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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