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Updated January 2, 2015
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  1. Great place to work as a human being but not if your interested in commission.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at Microsoft

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, great products, great customers who want to hear what Microsoft has to say, great strategy with O365 & Azure, great working environment and good people so if you want a job you can enjoy and don't care about commission then Microsoft is an outstanding company.

    Cons

    First thing to know is that I've never worked so hard or been so busy as in Microsoft as there are so few people so be prepared to work evenings and weekends. If you work in sales and want to earn commission Microsoft isn't the place to be, targets are based on renewing Enterprise Agreements which dwarf's new business sold so if a customer doesn't renew your year is over, if you do any new business it's a tiny percentage of your achievement compared to a renewal so you carry massive risk with very little ability to achieve or over achieve. An example would be that since I've joined 4 years ago I believe 90% of product rep's have left and around 50% of account managers all due to not being able to earn commission.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure what to say bar someone needs to recognise new business in a different way to renewals as unless Microsoft sellers get paid for selling net new all they will ever do is focus on renewals which is OK but won't deliver the company growth for the future.

  2. Helpful (1)

    The UK is just a side step

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance, great products, good perks and generous bonus, very good and approachable managers in the UK

    Cons

    If you are in a satellite location as the UK, the US team will unfortunately make decisions that are not being communicated to the UK team. A project you have been working on might just be transferred to the US without upper management in the US involving the UK team at all. There is hardly any appreciation for hard work or any rewards coming from the upper management in the US. This is a very demotivating. Achievements are hardly recognized. The only goal is to centralize everything in the US. The UK is just a side step that doesn't seem to be important enough. Very unfortunate!

    Advice to Management

    Relationships that were built between partners and Microsoft in EMEA should not be moved to the US. There is a time zone difference and therefore the relationships won't stay strong due to communication issues. Even though you would like certain centralization to take place, you need to have common sense and think about what is best for the business. To neglect people in satellite locations and to overrule them without even considering their opinions is very demotivating. A good manager listens and should at least leave room for compromises. Also, communication is the key. If there are going to be process changes this should be communicated to team members that are working on the project. To just transfer the work to the US without this being communicated to the individuals first is unprofessional.

  3. lack of support, little or no relevant training and badly structured programmes

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Scheme Sales in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Graduate Scheme Sales in Reading, England (UK)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Free coffee
    -Fancy offices
    -off-site visits
    -work is so convoluted its easy to not do anything

    Cons

    The biggest problem with employees of Micfrosoft is that it is filled with people who admire Bill Gates and want their name branded with the company rather than doing something valuable. There is a lot of middle management which blocks people from progressing and the worst thing is the overt competitiveness to step on each other to rise to the next level. There is a lack of opportunities and the skills developed in the business roles you could teach a donkey. It is not real selling.

    I would advise those who are ambitious, intelligent and go-getters not to work for this company. For the graduates, there is not any well structured training (they lure you in with a trip to America) and there are consistent brick walls. The culture is strong and they make you believe it is the greatest place ever but it is not. in reality, the company is a shambles and is only successful off the back of the legacy Bill Gates helped to build at the prime of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Progress your new interns and graduates rather than ignoring and stifling them. Put in place a proper leadership trainign scheme. HIRE MORE GOOD CANDIDATES AND STOP BEING DRIVEN BY QUOTAS.

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  5. Great place to make a difference

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consulting Staff in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consulting Staff in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the brightest people in the industry work here - creating amazing results for customers
    Ability to really make a difference

    Cons

    The travel and expense systems are truly terrible - makes travelling on business tedious
    Recent local decisions on a range of benefits show short termism and penny pinching
    Performance system getting better but employees have very little (no) input into their end of year outcomes
    Hitting arbitrary scorecards far too important. Needs to focus on doing the right thing for the customer
    Progression based solely on internal brand - you need to trumpet every little positive up and across the org chart to get ahead

    Advice to Management

    Remove the roadblocks to productivity - travel and expense tools that make travelling hard, scorecards that are self-serving and not reflective of doing a good job, and speed up performance management process change

  6. Started well but then seemed to follow a path trodden by other colleagues

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The brand, a lot of the people, good overall pay and benefits package

    Cons

    Annual rating process, career progression, constant changes to management, fear culture

    Advice to Management

    Look at the way senior managers motivate their teams

  7. Helpful (1)

    Excellent potential - slow execution

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Partner Account Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Partner Account Manager in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -great benefits and perks
    -fantastic breadth of products and genuine valuable impact to society

    Cons

    -extremely political
    -poor competitive compensation
    -though breadth of products is large, any job potential requires experience in that workload in prior years. by default then, at an individual level, there is zero point to working in this company for that point, which is unfortunate

  8. A great company, which has lost its way

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Reading, England (UK)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent people - really bright, dynamic and fun

    Cons

    Microsoft is a BIG company and a certain amount of bureaucracy inevitably comes with that.

    Advice to Management

    Hopefully the new CEO will change things for the better, but I'm not holding my breath

  9. Can be a slow moving company with emphasis on building your individual brand internally, so need to network.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some great work being done on Enterprise social, really fast moving area to work in with some solid thought leadership.

    Cons

    Promotions are hard to get, easier to move up the org is you leave and come back at a higher level.

    Advice to Management

    Need to move into 21st century and look after your people as opposed to making people redundant year after year.

  10. Smart People, Great Vision, but poor execution

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Program Manager II in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, lots of products, locations and teams to choose from, great culture and good work-life balance

    Cons

    Bad execution of products, thinking out-of the box, ability to adapt to change.

    Advice to Management

    Give a chance to people who want to make a change. Driving strategy from top down doesn't provide great results always.

  11. A great chance to work with smart people, doing great things...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supportability Program Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Supportability Program Manager in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Salary, Comfortable Working Environment, Freedom to be successful, good benefits, good projects to be involved with and change the world. Interesting network of colleagues.

    Cons

    Tough to achieve a perfect work life balance,massive organisation so often difficult to navigate the organisation - still some siloed working which holds some of the major projects back.

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