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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 for 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.)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable company with good career opportunities

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II  in  Bellevue, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer II in Bellevue, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great company producing good products.
    Company doesn't save cents on employees providing good working space.
    Lots of great developers and smart people.

    Cons

    Lots of process in a way to get things done.
    Hard to get ideas to the management. Usually ideas delivered from management to developers.
    Many people care about career only.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid mature company with broad range of products

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Mature processes
    Wide international local presence
    Wide range of products, covering consumer and commercial, infrastructure and applications, hardware and software
    Depth of expertise on many areas

    Cons

    At times, slow to move due to inertia in established processes and complex organizational setup
    Benefits have been downgraded

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep pushing to capture emerging opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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