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Updated August 5, 2017
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  1. "Wonderful company"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic company to work for, with great benefits, career growth and exciting tasks.

    Cons

    Tend to reshuffle the company on a frequent cadence


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    "The best company that I've worked for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Trusting management, flexible workload, great benefits

    Cons

    You can work where and when you want, but the workload is high

  3. "good coMPANY"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Thank you for doing your part to keep Glassdoor the most trusted place to find a job and company you love.

    Cons

    Thank you for contributing to the community. Your opinion will help others make decisions about jobs and companies.

    Advice to Management

    GOOD JOB


  4. "Love it"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - TSP in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - TSP in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Going fast fwd with a great leader!

    Cons

    it's a big company u know

    Advice to Management

    Create tailored employee career advancement options


  5. "Great company, but a lot depends on the team"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for, reasonable pay, good benefits and social package, great incentives for long term (stocks). Lot's of opportunities if you can relocate to US.

    Cons

    It really depends a lot on the team. Below remarks relate to my last team in London.

    The team I worked for was really very chaotic, no long term vision or planning, the product managers' engagement was very little. Very little concern for design or architecture considerations. Contradictory goals for different teams working on the same product. Little regard for testing or quality.

    No team work culture whatsoever. This results from the remuneration and incentive rules and the management style. People pressed for individual success, scorecards, few people care about product design, maintainability, extendibility or for the product quality.

    Illusion of work-life balance. Despite claiming the company cares for it, there is a huge pressure for feature work, and if you take into account lack of design, teamwork, poor testing, etc, this is paid for with private long hours developers need to spend at the office to compensate.

    I am truly sorry, to say all this, as I think this is a great company to work for. Nonetheless, a lot depends on the manager, their individual goals or aspirations, the work culture they promote. It's simply down to the team you end up with. I wasn't lucky with my last team, I guess.

    Advice to Management

    Simply, consider the above.


  6. "Microsoft Review"

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    Former Contractor - Creative Writer in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Creative Writer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Freedom, Flexibility, Creative work environment

    Cons

    Didn't experience anything negative during my tenure.

    Advice to Management

    Consider recruiting Contractual talent if there is a good culture-competency fit.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Comfortable place to work"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic supportive working culture. Exciting time to be at Microsoft - constantly changing. Great variety in customers and products to work with, given Microsofts giant portfolio. Every deal was different. Lots of room to work independently and with flexible hours. Fantastic training opportunities and other benefits. Good pay.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, lots of admin, lots of processes to follow. The constant change meant lots of mistakes that could have been avoided, like errors to the compensation tracking system. Microsoft also struggled to focus - they would give you over 20 product areas to "focus" on. Not enough technical specialists in teams managing smaller customers.

    Advice to Management

    Difficult in such a big company, but removing some of the processes to free up time for selling would be helpful.

  8. "Good job"

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    Former Contractor - Solicitor in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Solicitor in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    salary is good but nt amazing

    Cons

    long hours but same as everywhere else

    Advice to Management

    more communication


  9. "Work Timetable"

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    Current Employee - Biometric Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Biometric Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great salary it really motivates people to being the best and working in this company

    Cons

    Overly worked times well over 40 hours a week sometimes people need a holiday or some time off but not loose there job either

    Advice to Management

    Although the salary is amazing it would help if people did not feel threatened to speak with the management that they would loose their job as their are millions of applicants.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, you learn a lot"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - very flexible with work patterns (at least in UK), if there is no need for you to be in the office you can work from home
    - you learn a lot, the company is so big you never end up knowing everything and everyone
    - most people are very smart
    - there are many globally offices so you can always move internally within the company

    Cons

    - despite a huge revenue quite skimpy on spending budget on things like xmas party, offsites etc


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