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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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    Treats Employees ALMOST as Bad as Customers

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    Current Employee - Solution Specialist  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Solution Specialist in Atlanta, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great 401k Plan
    Great Discounts
    Good Training Resource
    Relationships w/ Fortune 500 Companies

    Cons

    TERRIBLE MANAGEMENT
    Seen as irrelevant in tech innovation, but refuses to change focus
    No Work/Life Balance
    Eroded Values that are Ignored for Bottom Line

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Major managerial changes needed from CEO down
    Give up on losing strategies and start a NEW and FRESH play book

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves 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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