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Lady Art Senior Marketing Manager, Marketing
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January 1970

I worked here for 10 years in Finance as well as Marketing. I never saw women treated differently than men. I had my first kid 3 years after joining and enjoyed a flexible work culture, excellent maternity leave (12 weeks paid and 8 weeks unpaid and you can take it all together) that accomodates the needs of parents. I had 2 kids while at Microsoft. There is politics in the company but not a bias against women. So you need to know how to build relationships with senior managers men or women (had plenty of women in my many of my teams always).

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5.0
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Fibro Girl
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January 1970

I'd tell myself to ask as many questions as possible whenever I didn't know what to do. It not only helps you learn, but sometimes it informs higher ups that a project is bigger than they imagined and not something for a newbie to get. Also, expect to be challenged constantly- managers can be a little forceful in questioning your decisions, which is not the greatest situation for an introvert. To other women, you may get put into a team off the bat that you don't mesh with. It's generally considered poor manners to switch teams mid-release, but once the product is off for production, you can shop around. Use the time before you can switch to network and get to know about how other teams work. Try to build a relationship with the person that'd be your manager. That way, when it's time for a reorg, you'll have an idea of how other teams work, or if the team you thought you'd join is discontinued, you'll know to ask the old manager where he or she is going. If you like your management, try to stick with them through team changes. While having an interest in the team's goals is important, enjoying being around your coworkers can really make or break your experience.

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3.0
$80k-$100k
$0-$10k
9 hours
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Lady Gooch Advertising and Online
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January 1970

Grab every opportunity for training--it's at your fingertips.

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Madam anon41 Lead Program Manager
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January 1970

Don't underestimate yourself. Negotiate your salary. Men tend to do this better.

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4.0
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9 hours
12 paid / 4 unpaid
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Lady Spock
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January 1970

Do not always be a team player - sometimes you need to look out for yourself.

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1.0
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11 hours
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Lady Evergreen SMSG
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January 1970

Seek out opportunities to work on high visibility projects and/or projects that will give you access to senior management. These relationships are very important for performance review season and networking down the road.

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5.0
$100k-$150k
$10k-$20k
10 hours
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Lady Rubyroo Group Program Manager
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January 1970

trust your instincts and don't be afraid to ask questions.

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4.0
>$150k
>$100k
10 hours
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Monkey Girl Admin, Marketing
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January 1970

Believe in your worth and negotiate a higher starting wage. It will compound over the years

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4.0
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$0-$10k
9 hours
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JoJo Girl
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January 1970

It's hard to sort out how to advance your career or level (compensation), even as a top performer.

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WhyNot Girl
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January 1970

The internal women's community is strong so don't judge on what you read in the media. Microsoft is a great place for women to thrive, innovate and change the world.

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5.0
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