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Updated January 3, 2019
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  • "Certain groups can have poor work-life balance" (in 1189 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  2. "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.

  3. "Amazing despite its size"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  4. "Intend point of Brie if Microsoft"

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


  5. "Sales Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Inclusive and diverse culture. A lot of very smart and talented people. Innovative services - company makes huge investments into cloud services not just pushing adds on it.

    Cons

    Sometimes - especially when working with HQ in Redmond, there is a feeling that people more thinking about their jobs than doing right thinks for a company. "Satisfying a boss" culture is more common than "challenging a boss" which is not always beneficial for a field teams, customers and partners.

    Advice to Management

    Keep challenging teams on "having a backbone" culture. Create and nurture an environment where coming with constructive disagreement is appreciated and not doing so when it is right thing to do is not tolerable.


  6. "Student Partner"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Student Partner in London, England (UK)
    Current Intern - Student Partner in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Really nice team , good job prospects

    Cons

    - No real disadvantage, big company.


  7. "Best for architects, not great for sales"

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

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - good visibility for architects
    - promotion opportunities

    Cons

    - overlap in roles
    - No clear goals

    Advice to Management

    Restructure the company aligning with market & customers

  8. "Director"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Chief Operating Officer in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Chief Operating Officer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great place, lovely people

    Cons

    Nothing is to fault in this company, great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    The best so far


  9. "MSFT design"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    International, multi-cultural, investigative, future thinking

    Cons

    Large company, bureaucracy, heavy managerial structure


  10. "Great company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    I worked for Microsoft for 2 years. Really liked the experience. I would recommend this company as they are one of he best in the world in developing their employees.

    Cons

    I can not remember any

    Advice to Management

    Do what you do!


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