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Microsoft Reviews in Reading, England

Updated Jul 13, 2014
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3.5 40 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

(4 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good work-life balance compared to other tech companies of the same caliber(in 688 reviews)

  • Tons of super smart people working for the right reasons - to make a difference(in 893 reviews)


Cons
  • And there are times when the workload may impede on your work-life balance(in 476 reviews)

  • The previous stack rank review system encourage a behavior that was very much individualist(in 369 reviews)

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    Great place to make a difference

    Consulting Staff (Current Employee) Reading, England (UK)

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementRemove 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

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

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

    Marketing Director (Current Employee) Reading, England (UK)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook at the way senior managers motivate their teams

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

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    Excellent potential - slow execution

    Partner Account Manager (Current Employee) Reading, England (UK)

    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

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

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    A great company, which has lost its way

    Marketing Manager (Former Employee) Reading, England (UK)

    ProsExcellent people - really bright, dynamic and fun

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementHopefully the new CEO will change things for the better, but I'm not holding my breath

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Sales Manager (Current Employee) Reading, England (UK)

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

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Smart People, Great Vision, but poor execution

    Program Manager II (Current Employee) Reading, England (UK)

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

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Supportability Program Manager (Current Employee) Reading, England (UK)

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

    ConsTough 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.

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

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    Great people; poor management; appalling review process

    Senior Project Manager (Former Employee) Reading, England (UK)

    ProsThere is a tremendous buzz at Microsoft; all of the people are smart and driven to succeed. If Microsoft aren't first in pretty much anything the question is always "what do we need to do to be number 1?".

    This behaviour is endemic and really underpins the culture of the entire organisation.

    I worked in the consulting organisation (MCS) and experienced a real variety of projects across a number of customer organisations. Delivering projects when you knew that your team were real experts and that they had the backup of the product development team was incredibly reassuring and this allowed MCS to bid for projects that other technology delivery organisations would shy away from.

    Getting in to MCS is not easy; the bar is very high and the interview process lengthy. Expect a telephone interview which, if successful, would be followed by an all day interview which would consist of 3 interviews (peer/competency, hiring manager and HR) plus a role play/programming exercise.

    Microsoft has a great benefits package including free broadband and mobile 'phone. One the things that I particularly liked was the free bowl of fruit in the kitchen every day.

    ConsThe challenge with working at Microsoft is the challenge with being visible ALL OF THE TIME. Unless your manager and their immediate peers are intimately aware of your achievements then you will be punished during the review process. The drawbacks of this process are well documented within glassdoor but any system that holds the employee review meeting AFTER the grade has been decided is, in my view, seriously flawed.

    If you are unlucky enough to be on a long-term project that can seriously impact you; and if that project is on customer site then you can really be in trouble. Also, if you are not valued by your manager then you can get you in trouble as well!!!!

    There is also a blame culture emerging in MCS which, if isn't eradicated, will make it not a nice place to work.

    With regard to salary, MCS is OK; you don't work there for the money; you work there to get an exposure to the culture and the experience. Microsoft make it very easy for you to work from anywhere at any time and there is a growing expectation that that is exactly what you do. Some managers send email out of hours and then complain when you haven't responded in what they consider a timely manner.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange the review system such that it is based on what the staff deliver and not on management's perception of what they have done.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Varied roles, a good working environment, and great place for those with a passion for technology.

    Manager (Current Employee) Reading, England (UK)

    ProsThe people are talented, energetic and hard working. The facilities and benefits are good. There are a wide range of roles available, for some roles career progression means moving to Redmond.

    ConsOver the last few years, the scorecard mentality has driven some negative behaviour. The current review system discourages collaboration, and the consequences of being at the low end of the scale are difficult as there is an attrition metric to hit. This also discourages people from taking a risk and trying new roles.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe review system needs fixing. The company's assets are it's people, and the current system is damaging.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company but filled with redundant individuals

    Sales Manager (Former Employee) Reading, England (UK)

    ProsFantastic benefits and due to the size of the organisation with variation of products there is potential to develop your career and skills in a number of facets.

    ConsComplex and rigid processes and procedures make most tasks a challenge. In addition, departments tend to have more of a "small company" feel rather than feeling part of the broader Microsoft vision. Biggest turn off is the number of personnel in a management position who have never managed outside of Microsoft and therefore lack any real management experience or skills. Huge "boys club" mentality found in the Corporate functions of old.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAll in all, Microsoft and its management and leadership team need to wake up to the modern world if they wish to attract and retain talent. They are no longer the game changing visionaries they used to be and there are many more exciting companies to work for. Great healthcare benefits are not enough!!! And they need to seriously reconsider a lot of their management hire decisions!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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