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

PAM/SEM/CAM/AM (Former Employee)
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 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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an investment in your future

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I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than a year


Pros: work with some brilliant people people see it on your resume and think you know all FANTASTIC health and benefits packages great… Cons: very demanding of employee time, often not respectful of work/life balance "reorgs" are a routine and often… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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Feeding from the fire hose...if you like that sort of thing.

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


Pros: Great pay and benefits. Opportunity for self-improvement is the best. If you are the type that likes to constantly learn, then jump on board, but… Cons: Travel, travel, travel. A lot of internal processes that take time away from your… Advice to Senior Management: Better onboarding processes instead of being thrown into the fire. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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