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Updated October 7, 2017
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Pros
  • One of the best places to work for with great work life balance (in 1907 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 1665 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes working hard means disrupting one's work/life balance for periods (in 1071 reviews)

  • Review system was not the greatest (in 516 reviews)

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  1. "HR Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Big company, numerous challenges"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "All around great employer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. "authoritarian"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Lost in confusion"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big brand on C V

    Cons

    Confusion of direction, cluttered culture, meetings, meetings, meetings with every man and his dog included to disperse accountability and clog up creativity and focus.

    Advice to Management

    Reinvent, look at 21st C millenial flat organisations and accountability culture. Look at simplification, small groups of intelligent people empowered with focus.


  6. "I worked at Microsoft for 20 years +"

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

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

    Pros

    Great products, flexible working, excellent benefits

    Cons

    The only constant is change, with a regular cadence and sometimes disruptive reorganisations (and redundancies)

    Advice to Management

    Keep thing more stable.


  7. "Wonderful company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "The best company that I've worked for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. "good coMPANY"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. "Love it"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


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