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Updated May 23, 2018
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  • "Certain groups can have poor work-life balance" (in 1174 reviews)

  • "Outdated review system which is anything but fair" (in 526 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing opportunity"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Paris (France)
    Former Intern - Intern in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, so many opportunities to learn about the company and its vision. The amenities and perks are great.

    Cons

    There are little career evolution possibilities.


  2. "Vendor at Microsoft"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Business Analyst in Paris (France)
    Former Contractor - Business Analyst in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being managed and surrounded by talented people

    Cons

    No perks, you work as a FTE but you are not rewarding the same. The gap is huge and is a source of frustration sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    To work on equality rights to everyone

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Too much politics and pressure"

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    Former Employee - Consultant T in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Consultant T in Paris (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    car, bonus, phone, beautiful campus, expenses..

    Cons

    Politics, Politics, Politics, politics Politics

    Advice to Management

    The management can't do anything about it, That's the nature of the Software vendors in a competitive environment.


  4. "World company"

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strategy / Quality of the teams / learning

    Cons

    process / ability to innovate locally /

    Advice to Management

    empower your managers and continue to focus only on customer success rather than execution.


  5. "Senior Financial Controller"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Controller in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Controller in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great packages, development oppties and WLB

    Cons

    Diplomacy is a must to survive


  6. "Wonderful experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Student Ambassador in Paris (France)
    Current Contractor - Student Ambassador in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Networking opportunities
    - Certifications
    - insight on microsoft technologies
    - leadership opportunities & sponsoring

    Cons

    - maybe not enough events organized
    - lack of communication in between MSP


  7. "Former MS Employee"

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    Former Employee - Account Technology Strategist in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Account Technology Strategist in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Product Coverage
    Good Salary
    Cool company

    Cons

    Too many internal process
    High competition within company

  8. "Excellent but Challenged."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Executive in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Executive in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great "challenging" culture with extremely talented peers and colleagues. You will be pushed to perform the best that you can. Work life balance options are excellent with working from anywhere very common.

    Cons

    Still transforming and changing which causes a lot of unrest.


  9. "A collection of individual achievers, not a company"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Paris (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are passionate with the technology developed by the company and are very committed to the brand.

    Cons

    Focus on very short terms results (weekly or quarterly) while decision making is very complicated (politicking and clique behaviour, complex and not user friendly processes, very limited autonomy from Corp, hundreds of narrow, often conflicting KPIs), managerial skills are inexistant and no serious attention and consideration are given to external signals (customer feedbacks, competition moves).

    Advice to Management

    1) Train your managers so that they overcome their acquired taste for individual performance. 2) Learn how to listen, make errors and failures an opportunity to improve and accept feed-back instead of focussing on too many KPIs and ignoring people.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "X-Factor"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Sales in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    innovative, diverse, creative, humble, passionate, very self critical, undergoing a huge transformation, with a new excellent new culture and tremendous leader. Microsoft is doing the right thing both for the customers and the company, to a leaner, smarter, agile customer obsessed.

    Cons

    Middle management was hired to drive stacked ranking. Going to a growth mindset with those people will be complicated. Can they change ? can they promote the best talents for the new microsoft vs resist to survive.
    What Microsoft is doing is excellent as a shareholder ;) will it be good for the engaged individual contributor ...
    and let's be clear : as a sales guy, it sucks. To be happy in Microsoft, it's important to think first about how your job is interesting, has impact, and your family before thinking about money.
    It's a company full of underpaid very talented people.

    Advice to Management

    Do the right thing. in fact keep on like you do know, with bold ambitions and human engagements. We are Microsoft, we do the right thing for our customers. One only advice : your true force is the engagement of you individuals ; make you evolution a revolution, not the Battle for Stalingrad.


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