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Updated December 5, 2017
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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1965 reviews)

  • Working with really smart people who readily share their great insights is a humbling experience where everyone is treated as equals by all employees (in 1686 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1099 reviews)

  • Review system was not the greatest (in 519 reviews)

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  1. "Great experience would highly reccomend"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Marketing in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    very creative environment, lots of idea generation

    Cons

    voice wasnt always heard, long hours

    Advice to Management

    listen to employees further down the ranks


  2. "Placement Year with Microsoft"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and approachable culture

    Cons

    Competitive colleagues, manager might have negative effect on your work

  3. "Marketing Intern"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern Marketing in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Intern Marketing in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Microsoft as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible, Creative, Analytical, Fun, Exciting

    Cons

    There were no down sides of this internship


  4. "Great Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Programmer Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Programmer Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They are not a company for micro-managing, they encourage a fail fast environment and trust you to manage your own workloads. High expectations.

    Cons

    Recent org changes have upset a lot of long-standing employees. Can sometimes feel lost in the sea of everything.

    Advice to Management

    Don't risk the loss of long-standing employees for the sake of the new structure.


  5. "Microsoft"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partner Sales Executive in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Partner Sales Executive in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to create a career for yourself, plenty of support and resources

    Cons

    Work life balance has been talked about but this is being addressed


  6. "Like any larger company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company with many products to be passionate about

    Cons

    So many reorgs during my time as Microsoft previous and new CEO were trying to fix Microsoft's growing problems in the market


  7. "HR Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    great people - caring, supportive, collaborative, driven, smart, fun

    Cons

    location (tough to attract diverse talent to Reading)

    Advice to Management

    Invest in an office in London

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Big company, numerous challenges"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Whatever people may say, this company is a reference in the IT industry.
    Working with very smart people on projects that may change the world, or in the least improve live for many people, big impact.
    Great offices and technological conditions to work.
    Big star on your cv.
    Very interesting benefits.

    Cons

    Very complex environment, strategies change too often, the high pace of reorgs is a constant. Blind cuts lead to loss of knowledge on projects.

    Advice to Management

    Forget your career agenda for a while.
    Be humble and listen to the lower level employees, as they are the true heart of the company and they were hired due to the talent they have to change the world. They need your support to achieve it.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "All around great employer"

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Working with really smart people who readily share their great insights is a humbling experience where everyone is treated as equals by all employees

    Cons

    The internal politics like most companies can be challenging at times.

    Advice to Management

    Help staff move roles a little easier, the internal applicant process is a little too strongly based on who you know.


  10. "authoritarian"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible working hours, decent culture.

    Cons

    impact driven, very beaucratic and clear


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