I see people work their butts off like myself every day and never get recognized but if you try to act cool like the managers do and just hang out with them all day, you may one day get a 25 cent raise. Also, the pay for product advisors is complete trash. Was able to help customer's with learning about our products and services. I don't recommend anyone working for this company. For me, that shows that the company was not willing to lose product advisors for other opportunities, even within the company. Working at Microsoft was memorable In the fact that the culture was welcoming and open.
Benefits were awesome and management were helpful and understanding. As a second job, 20+ hours a week was a little tough, but they were as flexible as they could be, always a great group of people to work with and is truly what you want to make of it! Throughout my 2 years as a product advisor, I only witness approximately 4 people grow from their position as product advisor with a staff of 45 individuals. These figures are given to the SimplyHired users for the purpose of generalized comparison only. Minimum wage may differ by jurisdiction and you should consult the employer for actual salary figures. My experience working for Microsoft was that it has all of the benefits of having a great job. They have good benefits but that is pretty much it.
If you are unliked in this company and don't suck up to management you will never move up. Management sits there all day and lets the product advisors do all the work. Otherwise, great place to work if you have plans to remain in one position with little room to move up. They also treat all of the product advisors like children. Hardest part of the job would be dealing with very upset customers. There are lots of different roles in the store so advancement is definitely an option if you do well.
The management was excellent, the staff was excellent, the benefits was excellent, the information learned was outstanding, and the experience is one of kind. For me, that was the deal breaker. For many, that may not be an issue. It's still retail so the holidays can be very stressful but it's easy enough. They overpay the managers who just sit there and boss people around all day while they text and use their computers all day. What does that tell you? The environment at microsoft comparing it to BestBuy is slowed down exponentially, the focus on creating a comfortable and collaborative environment was inspiring and fulfilling. I have no free time and I can never take days off unless they are sent 3 weeks to 1 month in advance.
On top of all the opportunities to experience different duties within the store, Microsoft provided great benefits for all employees. Please note that all salary figures are approximations based upon third party submissions to SimplyHired or its affiliates. My favorite part about working there was the ability to sit directly with customers and help them understand the products they were purchasing. There was not one day that I did not learn something new or grow as an individual from working there. However, the opportunity to grow and become something more than a product advisor seemed bleak. Overall work environment was laidback.
I was part-time and due to the amazing benefits you receive, it's understandable there's a minimum amount of hours to work. I've seen about 20 employees come and go since the time Ive been here. Staff, for the most part, were great to work with. . After working for Microsoft for awhile I have noticed how much politics position you in the company. . .
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