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Updated March 18, 2019
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  1. "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Variant Specialist in Paddington, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Variant Specialist in Paddington, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Company to work for, just wish the Nokia employees brought in were not make redundant

    Cons

    No real complaints other than the redundancy


  2. "java software developer"

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

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

    Pros

    good working hours and teams

    Cons

    every project has to be done in groups

    Advice to Management

    stay calm and work at your own pace

  3. "Great company, amazing people, really enjoyed my time there."

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    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Clear management direction, expected to deliver results without being micro-managed

    Cons

    Sometimes a lack of innovation, profit before customers.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Poor"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Remote working
    - mat & pat leave is very generous
    - charity / five back scheme
    - corp level culture in US
    - high quality customer centres (EBC & MTC).

    Cons

    - Terrible on boarding program... I came into the business from outside of IT being told I would be trained up well. Then arrived to be told it’s “a sink or swim” environment & I need to figure it out for myself through Microsoft’s online platform & from colleagues. 6 months later told by my manager that no amount of training can replace experience - totally farsical & discheveled company (in the UK anyway).
    - Poor salary compared to other tech companies.
    - Many employers seemed extremely arrogant.
    - Mostly awful internal tools CRM, Commissions platform etc.
    - employees seem extremely time poor & stressed

    Advice to Management

    Create a proper onboarding program.
    Don’t preach about bringing in diversity, if you then struggle to make it work for someone who’s worked outside of IT. Otherwise all you will get in the future is ex IBM, HP etc.. the same people with the same experience & with poor industry knowledge.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "A once great giant"

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

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

    Pros

    You get to work for Microsoft
    Lots of opportunities if you are in Seattle
    Challenging work

    Cons

    US centric business
    Elitest approach to management
    Long work hours
    Very little work life balance


  6. "5 years at MS UK"

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    Current Employee - Service Operations Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Service Operations Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Don't feel like you can make an impact


  7. "Graphic Designer"

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    Former Intern - Graphic Designer in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Graphic Designer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Exciting projects and chances to work outside of your comfort zone.

    Cons

    Constant change at the time, with many projects restarted and cancelled.

  8. "Amazing despite its size"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - General Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Broad opportunities to do just about anything and move around the company. Clear strategy to drive major product lines. Inspiring leader in Satya.

    Cons

    Struggling to find a way to change into a service oriented company away from being product focused. Confused about who delivers a service to enterprise customers (product groups or professional services team) and seems to be struggling to keep that hidden from customers.

    Advice to Management

    Create a clear strategy about how we deliver service to customers consistently across product lines


  9. "Intend point of Brie if Microsoft"

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    Former Intern - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great help to understand what I’d have to do and how to deal with them. Great atmosphere. Kind people.

    Cons

    Not much hands on work, Nor was there specific mentors.

    Advice to Management

    Supply more people to mentor and help new novice interns.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Very mature culture.
    A lot of freedom to do the work the way you want.
    Company does a lot of things for public good which makes you proud to work for them.
    Loads of possibilities for internal move.
    Everyone is smart and nice, did not see any egos.
    I loved working there!

    Cons

    Some systems are archaic.
    Each team only gets to promote a few people per year which means if you are on a team full of superstars you may have to wait a while for a promotion.
    There are gaps in HR that are not covered by anyone and on many occasions when you have a question you are sent from person to person.

    Advice to Management

    Improve promotion system.


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