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Micro Focus Newbury Reviews

Updated November 30, 2016
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Newbury, England (UK)

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  • Constant acquisitions caused a lot of turmoil - high redundancy and turnover caused by ever changing senior management team (in 5 reviews)

  • There's a negative atmosphere hanging over the place, with acquisitions, mergers, layoffs, everyone unsure of job security and future (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Truly impressed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partner & Alliances Executive in Newbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Partner & Alliances Executive in Newbury, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Micro Focus full-time

    Pros

    1) No Micro-Management - in hiring you they inherently trust you to be able to perform
    2) Recruitment process is excellent; very friendly and candid, interview to employment was all done within 2 weeks.
    3) Very passionate employees committed to the success of the business
    4) Excellent business model
    5) Truly understand work/life balance which is motivating.
    6) No bells and whistles! Top senior managers are very down to earth and humble; support is provided where asked for and they aren't all suited up with gold cuff-links; it's all about fit, form and function to do the job to the highest quality as far as I can see.

    Cons

    None that I can see.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to build a career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Organisation in Newbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Product Organisation in Newbury, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Micro Focus is not one of the companies constantly chasing the next big thing. Instead, focus is on stable, in market solutions. This allows staff to build a career at a company that cares about its people.

    Cons

    The solutions offered by Micro Focus are not bleeding edge, so miss out on the excitement of doing something radical.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  3. "Great place to work, would be better with a few tweaks"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newbury, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Micro Focus (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic people to work with - very clever and innovative.
    Offices in good locations.
    Opportunity to work on multiple different technologies.
    Free drinks
    Good benefits package.

    Cons

    Pay isn't any better than average for the industry and pay reviews are inconsistent (or seemingly non-existent for some staff)
    Poor pension scheme.
    Little to no training made available to technical staff to keep on top of industry trends.

    Advice to Management

    Do not make the mistake of taking your staff for granted - Invest in your staff and give them better opportunities for growth and development. By investing in adequate training and development you make them more valuable to the company. By offering a better than so-so wage you mitigate against a common reason for people leaving.


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  5. "Micro Focus"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newbury, England (UK)

    Pros

    A great place to work.

    Cons

    A lack of car parking spaces


  6. "Excellent Company To Work For"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Newbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Newbury, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Micro Focus (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Long term career plans, really supportive company. You know you can go to most people and they will advise and help. The office feeling is great, feels very welcoming. Some employees have been here 20+ plus years and you can see why!

    Cons

    There is nothing I would say is a con in my opinion.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  7. "A very strange company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Newbury, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Newbury, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Micro Focus as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting work and good office environment. It's an organisation full of talented people. It's a high performance environment and a highly competitive place.

    Cons

    Knee jerk attitude of management and the inability of management to make good long term investment to prove management practices. Year end layoffs is the norm.

    Advice to Management

    To be more proactive and take a medium to long term view of their decisions.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Very disappointing and frustrating place to work."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Non-Technical in Newbury, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Non-Technical in Newbury, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people on the ground - hard working and dedicated. Good benefits in the UK. Company supplies free drinks including fizzy ones!

    Cons

    In some areas of the business (mostly IT and development) employees seem to be happy in their jobs, but it's sad to say that it's not the case in all areas.

    Main issues:
    - Ineffectual and arrogant middle and senior management.
    - Lack of communication.
    - Lack of listening.
    - Lack of respect for their staff's skills and knowledge.
    - Continuous and tiresome politics.
    - No promotion prospects.
    - Few payrises.
    - No training.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the poor managers. Care about your employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Management and poor training"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Support Engineer in Newbury, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Product Support Engineer in Newbury, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, reasonable salary

    Cons

    Poor Management, poor training, irrational redundancies (the only experts in Development were fired but the product was still supported and had bugs).People on holiday were made responsible for support.

    Advice to Management

    Retire


  10. "Micro Focus has found it's way and become an extremely exciting company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Newbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing in Newbury, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Feels like an SMB, very fast-moving, adaptable and forward thinking, great management.

    Cons

    Sometimes culture clashes between old guard and new blood emerge...interesting

    Advice to Management

    keep going on current journey


  11. Helpful (3)

    "weird place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newbury, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    work-life balance opportunities are OK

    Cons

    most turbulent and unsettled workforce and management structure I've ever seen.....farcical

    Advice to Management

    settle it down



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