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Microsoft Reviews in London, England

Updated Apr 7, 2014
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3.5 44 reviews

                             

80% Approve of the CEO

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

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76% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Crap pay, great fun, learnt a bit

Solution Sales Professional (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

ProsFun, cutting edge of technology (although not often marketshare), inspiring, work life balance - never had it better. I always felt excited to get to work on Monday morning.

ConsToo many Microsofties think they or Microsoft are the greatest. No humility with partners or customers. Act like a birth right to success, risk of being obsolesce. Loathed meetings upon meetings. So many emails you create auto-trash rules.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet a CEO that's mad and stop working to Redmond metrics and scorecards

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company but a fading star

Account Manager (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

ProsBeing Microsoft. A tremendous legacy from being the biggest software company in the world and, at times, innovating with life changing products. It remains a great place to work as is born out by workplace surveys year after year. You are surrounded by smart people in a respectful culture and generally strong leaders.

ConsProcess, process, process. Also, over time, people become good a internal promotion and being good Microsoft citizens; unfortunately, the company seems to reward this. People who do a good job and stay loyal are overlooked by people who backscratch and job swap frequently.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe company stick launch dates in the calendar and keeps to them come what may, even if they ship a under baked or incomplete product. You then alienate people who commit to the first version in the knowledge that the product probably won't be decent until version 3 - please stop this!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Senior Program Manager (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

ProsThe culture enables you to make decisions quickly and the management will encourage the professional development and growth.

ConsOnly one thing is constant and it is Change.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great to work for

Windows Ambassador (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsConstantly help each other out

ConsNot huge scope to get further in company

Advice to Senior ManagementCarry on the work you're doing!

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Rich sales experience

Solution Sales (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

ProsVery smart people, action oriented and really dedicated to the company success.
Lots of ressources available to achieve the job.
Easy access to top decision makers in the accounts.

ConsNo possibilities left to think out of the box.
Very process oriented, and "good Execution" is the over valued.

Advice to Senior ManagementI'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company. Lack of guts to change the business model and adapt to today's market.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Very positive

Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

I worked at Microsoft as an intern for more than a year

ProsReally good environment geared towards productivity.
Very good perks - free drinks, often free food.
Able to come into work when you want and leave when you want based on getting your work done.
Very good chillout area - xbox, foosball table, beanbags etc.
Very nice people, didn't find office politics to exist.

ConsDidn't find a London weighting to salary which I thought should exist compared to other UK Microsoft offices and their living costs.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company, but plenty of structural issues to be addressed.

Business Analyst (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsPlenty of very talented people, who are mostly friendly. Great benefits and opportunity for career advancement. Some exciting products and opportunity to move to other areas in the business and other countries. Applying to jobs internally guarantees you an interview!

ConsPromotions can be very political. Some internal systems are bureaucratic and slow you down. Upper management tends to show poor leadership, and senior GMs can be very aggressive. Software development methodology is stuck in the past, but changing slowly, and varies between business areas.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet more face time with employees and more hands on with products. Interfacing with the business via reports and data dashboards is insufficient.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to work.

General Manager (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

ProsInnovation, Truly Global scope and full of opportunities.

ConsToo many processes and lack of decision making.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good place to learn and sharpen skills in a fast paced environment.

Finance Manager (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsGreat learning place and open environment

ConsPace of changes can derail the career growth unless one is very careful

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Operations Manager (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor for more than 3 years

ProsAs a contractor you have the same job description as a full time employee and you are expected to work on equal footing. You have advancement opportunities as well as training.

ConsYou don,t get any of the health or vision benefits nor do you get a pension. Your contract is reviewed once a year and you are lucky if they do It on time and the pay scale is below market. It is a very structured corporate environment that can be stifling as suffocating for those free spirits among you.

Advice to Senior ManagementLook to creating more head count so the 40% of total employees that are contract feel you are truly investing in them as they are in you.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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