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Microsoft Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.7 122 reviews

88% Approve of the CEO

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

(17 ratings)

79% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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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    Best Company to work at

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

    ProsChallenging and competitive environment, flexible work hours, loads of fun and possibilities to advance

    ConsWhen deadlines approach, things get a little ugly and tense

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

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    Welcome to the New Microsoft!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros-The painful changes that the company is currently undergoing is going to set up Microsoft in an Amazing place for decades to come!!!
    -Get to work with extremely smart people everyday
    -Pride
    -Prestige
    -Great career development and growth potential
    -Best employee compensation , perks and Benefits in the industry. Great internal global events, parties and Conferences.
    -Opportunity to receive Corporate training for top US business schools
    -Fantastic Resume Builder

    Cons-The company is going through some painful changes
    -Lots of pressure during end of quarters, Mid years and End of year ( like any other publicly traded Company )
    -Lack of consumer awareness with too much focus on the Enterprise. ( However, I am optimistic about the changes being made in this space).

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange is hard, especially for people that have had success working a certain way for years and years...But the industry we live in is constantly evolving and those who do not change become obsolete.

    Embrace change even no matter how hard it might be...it's for the better.

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

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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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    Great place to work full of talented people

    Software Development Engineer II (Current Employee) Twycross, England (UK)

    ProsGreat perks, great people, great opportunities

    ConsCan be corporate, layoff do happen from time to time

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't put too much red tape in place.

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

     

    Overall great experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNetworking is encouraged alot and is part of the culture. Office atmosphere, company meetings etc are great.

    surrounded by good people and you can learn alot

    good opportunities in changing roles internally

    ConsHigh bar and cut throat at times.

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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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    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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    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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    Great to Work For, Not so great to Keep working For

    Software Test Engineer (Current Employee) Guildford, England (UK)

    ProsGreat Facilities, loads of work and it's a good environment to work in.

    ConsNo Benefits for CSG
    Can't get any extra Training
    No Career Path or Progression

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow some extra training benefits to CSG, as they will work for you for years, and yet will not grow enough to make your business better. Why make only 20% of your work force better, when you can make 100% better?

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    An experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGlobal Company
    Great Campus / Employee Facilities

    ConsLack of recognition
    Invisible Senior Leadership Team
    Poor induction / introduction to company
    Lack of interest in contractor contribution / welfare

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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