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

PAM/SEM/CAM/AM (Former Employee) 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 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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    Great company, too fat

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years


    Pros: Great experience, very talented people, very accomodating, wonderful compensation and… Cons: Very fat company; difficult to trim the fat. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    Good place to work

    Senior Software Developer (Current Employee) Redmond, WA (US)

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


    Pros: Work life balance Compensation is OK Cons: Stack Ranking There are people should never been hired Political Unnecessary Lots of… Advice to Senior Management: Get rid of stack ranking, keep the best fire the… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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