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Updated January 5, 2018
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  • Generally good work life balance (in 1982 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 1699 reviews)

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  1. "Technical Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time

    Pros

    - Great work life balance
    - Good Salary

    Cons

    - Hard to progress / change role internally


  2. "Great company"

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

    I worked at Microsoft part-time

    Pros

    A very good company, leader in innovation. Wise management able to motivate.

    Cons

    The canteen isn't so great, ethnic food isn'tgreat at all.

    Advice to Management

    Go on with your policy and your schedule.

  3. "Great culture, great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture, people and environment to work, continuous learning with awesome technology. Microsoft do what we say and say what we do. Very collaborative and supportive. Really enjoy and love working for Microsoft.
     Management is supportive and encouraging.

    Cons

    Small concern - lots of travel to see clients for meetings, etc. Can be a bit tiring but Microsoft compensate with good approach in working from home when required , great policy to help us have a good life balance as best as we can.

    Advice to Management

    Continue doing what you are doing. Training, awareness and regular townhalls are very informative and always keep us engaged, interested and connected. Keep up the great work.


  4. "Microsoft Corporate"

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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

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

    Pros

    Great location and reasonable benefits package

    Cons

    Large Corporate company so you are just a number


  5. "Fantastic placement opportunity, throroughly enjoyed"

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    Former Employee - Ladies Product/Sales Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Ladies Product/Sales Manager in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Microsoft (More than a year)

    Pros

    Developed my knowledge and experience

    Cons

    Some of the work was tedious


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Resource Coordinator Intern"

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

    I worked at Microsoft (More than a year)

    Pros

    Plenty of personal development opportunities outside of core job role. '70/30' split between role and extra-curricular like activities.
    Great offices with amazing facilities such as subsidised coffee shops, two huge canteens, onsite subsidised gym etc.
    Able to work from home when required

    Cons

    Role became boring after a while, but I made up my time through the extra-curricular projects.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "You'll learn loads but be prepared to hand your life over to Microsoft"

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    Former Employee - Sales Director in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Reading, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Always learning culture - you're encouraged to learn and develop yourself and skills

    Sideways moves to learn a new part of the organisations are supported. International moves are also very possible.

    Cons

    There's a tendency to perform character assassinations as part of the regular 'check-ins' with your line manager throughout the year.

    Senior leadership who have been there for donkeys years are 'tired' and don't understand the world outside of Microsoft so they have a blinkered vision about the reality of choice that customers have

    Long hours. You can work from home but this normally involves being on back to back conference calls. After a while that becomes like a form of torture.

    Advice to Management

    Get that work life balance under control for everyone. Don't give people jobs that are for more than one person. Give people the space and time to think.

  8. "Microsoft"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Reading, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good managers, good employees, prestigious name

    Cons

    Hard career development. Salaries can be lower than expected


  9. "Microsoft Review"

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

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

    Pros

    Great to their staff, super flexible and understanding

    Cons

    Difficult to move if on a contract role


  10. "Market Development Lead"

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

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

    Pros

    I was very proud to say I worked for Microsoft having been there 12 years in total working in 4 different roles. I got some good opportunities to move around and learn and worked with some great people. Apart from one role, there was great work life balance and benefits to keep you movited.

    Cons

    The culture changed a lot in the 12 years and whilst I felt respected at the beginning, by the end I simply felt just like a number. Probably my worst disappointment was bad management.

    Advice to Management

    Microsoft needs to invest in seeking out good managers who actually enjoy managing people.


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