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Updated May 7, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work"

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

    Pros

    Nice offices, great people would recommend

    Cons

    None that comes to mind.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good company, a lot of politics"

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    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technical Account Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I'd recommend Microsoft to potential employees, pay is below industrial average compared to other IT organisations but you do get a great deal of freedom in terms of flexibility of working from the office, customer location or home which I would not want to give up. Benefits beyond pay such as pension, life insurance policies and car allowance are significant. If you are good at politically managing your career you can excel rapidly. Company is always doing interesting things with technology.

    Cons

    While I mention work flexibility is good, the dark side to this is virtually everyone I knew, to keep up with the high intensity of work was working at least some evenings and the occasional weekend just to keep everything moving and just to keep on top of their Inbox.

    Promotion and acceleration at the company is all about who you know, who is your supporter and at the end of the day very much based on how liked you are by the senior leaders. The vast majority of people at MS are top performers but promotions are more strongly linked to your political maneuvering than the quality of your work.

    MS is constantly changing its review method, they went from stack ranking which was a negative experience, to now giving you and end of year assessment but not telling you how you are 'stack ranked' even though they still essentially rank you to decide your bonus level as an example.

    I have seen several people brutally pushed out of the company, so if they want to get rid of you there is not much you can do.

    My advice; don't join the rate race. Get a job at MS, do what you need to do to perform positively and keep your job and then go home in the evenings and weekends and spend time with your family, friends and loved ones if you value that higher than senior positions/higher pay. You will always just be a little fish that they are bleeding dry to get everything out of you and then reward you with small treats to keep 'addicted' to want to constantly run in the rat race...

    Advice to Management

    Sataya's leadership is a postive change, MS is heading in a positive direction but if you are constantly going to advertise how much MS makes per quarter (billions) the least you can do is pay your employees the average industrial rate. Also, many times it is said that there is a lack of budget to promote people, well again, if you are making billions it dosen't really stack up that there is a lack of budget.

    Aim to make the promotion cycle more strongly based on actual merit of your role, rather than politics.


  3. "Graphic designer"

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Reading, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    It's a profestinal envirenment and I like using my creativity at work.

    Cons

    It's quite far from my house.


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    "Project & Programme Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good package overall - they have a system to pick and choose your benefits every December like life assurance, critical illness, cycle to work scheme, pension contributions, child care vouchers etc.
    Bonuses given in September, but not as good as they used to be / Employee purchase / Opt into Share Scheme. Salaries above average. Cloud technology and Azure the key focus right now. Satya, our CEO is driving the company in the right direction. Good working environment at the Reading Offices.

    Cons

    Microsoft going through streamlining at the moment - so constant fear of losing your job with reorganization plans and buy outs. Poor work life balance - everyone working long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing - Microsoft will be successful into the long term and will fight tooth and nail to get there! Perhaps spend a bit more time on making work life balance better.


  6. "A lot warmer than you'd expect"

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    Current Contractor - Marketing in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Marketing in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    really smart, collegial hardworking colleagues. Really is a sense of optimism and purpose -- much more than I would have expected from the outside

    Cons

    it's a big ship; so sometimes it takes a while for it to shift in direction (but that's the perspective of someone coming from an entrepreneurial environment);

    Advice to Management

    stay nimble and curious even though you've made it to the top of the mountain (so to speak).


  7. "Great brand, great company."

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    Current Employee - Cloud Solution Architect in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Cloud Solution Architect in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work environment, high caliber of colleagues, learning is constant, and the job doesn't get boring. Progression isn't just possible it's encouraged by your manager.

    Cons

    Most of the UK roles have a sales component to the job. All the engineering and most of the creative roles are in the US.

    It's hard to switch off sometimes, and get the right work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  8. "Infrastructure Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's Microsoft what else is there to say

    Cons

    It is not Google alas


  9. "Work life balance"

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    Former Contractor - Marketing Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Marketing Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Microsoft promotes flexible work which is very useful for our busy lives

    Cons

    With flexi hours , we end up working long days including week end


  10. "Life"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Microsoft (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and flexible working but very competitive and often too fast paced leading to full on burn out

    Cons

    Political and took ages to get anything done. often inexperienced managers and senior staff who were often in the business a lot longer than they should have been

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff more often and act on their feedback rather than sticking to the old tried and tested methods


  11. "Good company, but needs improvement."

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Reading, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good development and proactive environment. Great people and access to technology.
    Outstanding resources and okylay work life balance.

    Cons

    Progression is hard
    Less technical abilities permitted due to partner network.
    FTES paid more than contractors due to company culture.
    Slow to react and take stock of market actuals

    Advice to Management

    Focus on market needs
    Less on pushing products to hit targets
    Work with customers more
    Hold partners to tighter accountability.


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