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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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    Former Employee - Group Manager  in  Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Group Manager in Hyderābād (India)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Opportunity to lead industry, Smart People/Team, excellent resources, great campus, on the job learning

    Cons

    decision making centered in Redmond, not enough support to learn and grow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in building learning experiences for people - often the people who fall are the ones who have the ability and courage to take things much further along.

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    Disapproves of CEO
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    Horrible Microsoft Retail Store Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Microsoft

    Pros

    Store sold some cool technology

    Cons

    Was harrassed by management, poorly run, lack of communication-don't know how corporate is, but don't work retail!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of your retail stores, or hire better managers

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