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Micro Focus Newbury Reviews

Updated August 17, 2017
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Newbury, England (UK)

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  • No job security, layoff people then re hire them (in 5 reviews)

  • No salary increases for over 5 years (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (7)

    "Truly impressed"

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    • 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. "Great company to work for. Solid management, treats staff with respect."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Presales Consultant in Newbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Presales Consultant in Newbury, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Variety. Interesting industry and progressive company. Moving forward and growing in a considered way, without being bleeding edge and burning out. Met and worked with many great people and gained masses of experience which will help me in whatever I do in the future.

    Cons

    Nothing bad I can think of. Sometimes the travelling can be a bit heavy, but that's expected in a global software company.

  3. "Software Developer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Newbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Newbury, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are lovely. Great location. Benefits are good. Work can be an interesting challenge.

    Cons

    Pay isn't competitive nor do they issue pay rises. Very stuck in old ways.

    Advice to Management

    Don't take your work force for granted


  4. "Good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Newbury, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Newbury, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Micro Focus full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Top management switched on, lot of change taking place so great potential variety and opportunity to work on different technologies and areas

    Cons

    Change can be a bit relentless

    Advice to Management

    Working well, pause a bit before the next big acquisition


  5. Helpful (1)

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

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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)
    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to build a career"

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    • 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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Micro Focus"

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    • 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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Company To Work For"

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    • 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


  9. "A very strange company"

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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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Very disappointing and frustrating place to work."

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    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.


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